Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2005

The Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2005 was the third edition of the annual Junior Eurovision Song Contest for young singers aged 8 to 15. On 26 November 2005, the contest was broadcast live from the Ethias Arena in Hasselt, Belgium, in a joint effort by the national broadcasters Vlaamse Radio- en Televisieomroep (VRT) and Radio télévision belge de la communauté française (RTBF), in co-operation with the European Broadcasting Union. Marcel Vanthilt and Maureen Louys hosted the event.

Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2005
Let's Get Loud
JESC 2005 logo.svg
Final26 November 2005
VenueEthias Arena, Hasselt, Belgium
Presenter(s)Marcel Vanthilt
Maureen Louys
Directed byYves Podevyn
Ludovic Beun
Executive supervisorSvante Stockselius
Executive producerLudo Porrez
Host broadcaster
Websitejunioreurovision.tv/event/hasselt-2005 Edit this at Wikidata
Number of entries16
Debuting countries Russia
 Serbia and Montenegro
Returning countriesNone
Non-returning countries Cyprus
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         Participating countries     Countries that participated in the past but not in 2005
Voting systemEach country awards 1–8, 10, and 12 points to their 10 favourite songs
Nul points in finalNone
Winning song Belarus
"My vmeste"
2004 ← Junior Eurovision Song Contest → 2006

The show was not only broadcast live in the competing countries, it was also available on satellite worldwide and the Australian television channel SBS who acquired the rights to broadcast the show one month later. The theme of the show was Let's Get Loud, standing for the new generation on the stage. The show was watched by 8,500 people in the arena, including the Belgian Prince Laurent and 20–25 million people around Europe.

Belarus was the winner of this edition, with 10-year-old Ksenia Sitnik singing her song "My vmeste". Last year's winner Spain finished in second place, with 2004 hosts Norway coming third.


Locations of the known bidding countries. The eliminated countries are marked in red. The chosen host country is marked in blue.

Bidding phase and host selectionEdit

Following the hosting problems for the 2004 edition, the location of the subsequent contests were appointed by the European Broadcasting Union (EBU), following a bidding process with broadcasters from the participating countries. Belgium was therefore the first country to successfully bid for the rights to host the contest in 2005.[1]

In November 2003, there were reports that the competition was to take place in the Netherlands.[2] In the same month, Jeroen Depraetere, coordinator of the show on behalf of the EBU, announced that five countries had expressed their willingness to organise the competition.[3] Belgium won the right to hold the contest in March 2004 over five other countries including Croatian Radiotelevision (HRT) of Croatia and AVRO of the Netherlands.[4]

In November 2004, it was announced that the Flemish city of Hasselt would host the contest at the Ethias Arena.[5] The date of the contest had been confirmed shortly after the 2004 contest in Lillehammer.[1]


Venue of the 2005 contest: the Ethias Arena in Hasselt

The Ethias Arena is the largest multi-purpose arena in Hasselt, Belgium which is used for music concerts, sports (tennis, indoor cycling, jumping, etc.) and other large events. The arena opened in September 2004 and holds up to 21,600 people depending on the event. The venue is a part of the Grenslandhallen and has a surface of 13,600 square meters (44,619 square feet). In 2015, it hosted the 2015 European Championship in darts, a Professional Darts Corporation event. The venue would later be renamed to Trixxo Arena.[6]



On 13 October 2005, it was revealed during a presentation that Maureen Louys of RTBF and Marcel Vanthilt of VRT would be the hosts of the contest.[7]

Running orderEdit

The selection of the running order was conducted in two phases. In the first, which took place at the City Hall of Hasselt, there were three draws: one to select the countries that would perform first and last in the contest; a second to decide on the position of the host country; and a third to divided the 14 remaining countries into two groups of five (for the positions 2–6 and 7–11) and one of three (for the positions 13–15).

The second phase of the selection of the running order was conducted by the JESC Steering Group. The group decided on the final positions of the countries within the three groups, taking into account, for example, that no three ballads or no three songs from one European region should be performed consecutively in the contest. This system was already applied last year for the festival in Lillehammer.


Voting was the same as the traditional voting system, with each country voting for their 10 favorite songs, with scores of 1–8, 10 and 12. It was the first time points 1 through 5 had automatically appeared on the scoreboard, with spokesmen reporting only points 6, 7, 8, 10 and 12. The presenters started off by giving all contestants 12 points.

Opening and interval actsEdit

The show opened with fireworks and bungee jumpers. Vladik Myagkostupov from Cirque du Soleil gave a four-minute performance during the interval. During the counting of votes, the 2004 winner, María Isabel from Spain, sang a medley of her winning entry "Antes muerta que sencilla" and new single "Pues Va A Ser Que No" from her second album Número 2. She also presented the prize to the winner of the competition.[8]

Participating countriesEdit

Initially, 17 countries planned to participate, but on 13 October, Cypriot broadcaster CyBC announced that it was withdrawing for internal reasons - allegations of plagiarism regarding the selected song had been made. However, Cypriot viewers were able to watch the show and vote.[9]

Participants and resultsEdit

R/O Country Artist Song Language Points Place[10]
1   Greece Alexandros and Kalli "Tora einai i seira mas" (Tώρα είναι η σειρά μας) Greek 88 6
2   Denmark Nicolai "Shake Shake Shake" Danish, English 121 4
3   Croatia Lorena Jelusić "Rock Baby" Croatian 36 12
4   Romania Alina Eremia "Țurai!" Romanian 89 5
5   United Kingdom Joni Fuller "How Does It Feel?" English 28 14
6   Sweden M+ "Gränslös kärlek" Swedish 22 15
7   Russia Vladislav Krutskikh [ru] "Doroga k solntsu" (Дорога к солнцу) Russian 66 9
8   Macedonia Denis Dimoski [mk] "Rodendeski baknež" (Родендески бакнеж) Macedonian 68 8
9   Netherlands Tess "Stupid" Dutch 82 7
10   Serbia and Montenegro Filip Vučić "Ljubav pa fudbal" (Љубав па фудбал) Serbo-Croatian 29 13
11   Latvia Kids4Rock "Es esmu maza jauka meitene" Latvian 50 11
12   Belgium Lindsay [fr] "Mes rêves" French 63 10
13   Malta Thea and Friends "Make It Right!" English 18 16
14   Norway Malin "Sommer og skolefri"[a] Norwegian 123 3
15   Spain Antonio José "Te traigo flores" Spanish 146 2
16   Belarus Ksenia Sitnik "My vmeste" (Мы вместе) Russian 149 1

Detailed voting resultsEdit

Despite withdrawing at a late stage, Cyprus was still permitted to vote in the contest.

When the British spokesperson based in the ITV2 studios in London, Vicky Gordon was about to give the UK televoting results, the scoreboard malfunctioned by showing all the scores compressed together, before the entire screen went black, only showing the EBU, VRT and RTBF logos, which meant that the computers had lost connection with the British broadcaster, although the spokesperson could still be heard. However, the results were announced as usual shortly afterwards.

Detailed voting results[11]
Total score
United Kingdom
Serbia and Montenegro
Greece 88 12 7 12 6 6 5 7 3 6 4 6 2
Denmark 121 6 7 8 3 1 10 6 12 7 5 6 8 7 12 7 4
Croatia 36 2 3 8 2 6 3
Romania 89 10 10 2 3 4 3 4 5 7 3 4 7 12 3
United Kingdom 28 3 1 1 2 2 5 2
Sweden 22 8 2
Russia 66 3 5 1 4 2 1 1 10 3 1 5 6 12
Macedonia 68 4 8 4 1 10 3 10 4 1 2 1 8
Netherlands 82 2 4 10 2 7 7 4 1 12 8 4 4 5
Serbia and Montenegro 29 1 6 10
Latvia 50 3 5 1 5 2 5 2 2 3 1 3 6
Belgium 63 4 2 1 7 12 7 4 8 5 1
Malta 18 1 5
Norway 123 5 6 12 3 5 8 12 2 5 10 3 8 7 10 8 7
Spain 146 8 12 4 7 12 12 8 8 6 8 12 5 10 6 6 10
Belarus 149 7 8 6 10 10 10 6 12 7 4 8 12 5 12 10 10

12 pointsEdit

Below is a summary of all 12 points received. All countries were given 12 points at the start of voting to ensure that no country finished with nul points.

N. Contestant Nation(s) giving 12 points
4   Spain   Greece,   Romania,   Serbia and Montenegro,   United Kingdom
3   Belarus   Malta,   Latvia,   Russia
2   Denmark   Macedonia,   Norway
  Greece   Croatia,   Cyprus
  Norway   Denmark,   Sweden
1   Belgium   Netherlands
  Netherlands   Belgium
  Romania   Spain
  Russia   Belarus


  1.   Cyprus – Stella Maria Koukkidi
  2.   Greece – Yorgos Kotsougiannis
  3.   Denmark – Caroline Forsberg Thybo
  4.   Croatia – Nika Turković
  5.   Romania – Beatrice Soare
  6.   United Kingdom – Vicky Gordon
  7.   Sweden – Halahen Zajden
  8.   Russia – Roman Kerimov
  9.   Macedonia – Vase Dokovski
  10.   Netherlands – Giovanni Kemper
  11.   Serbia and Montenegro – Jovana Vukčević
  12.   Latvia – Kristiana Stirane
  13.   Belgium – Max Colombie
  14.   Malta – Stephanie Bason
  15.   Norway – Karoline Wendelborg
  16.   Spain – Gonzalo Gutierrez Blanco
  17.   Belarus – Anton Lediaev

Other countriesEdit

For a country to be eligible for potential participation in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest, it needs to be an active member of the EBU. The following active EBU members did not take part:

  •   Cyprus – Cyprus was originally going to participate in the 2005 contest, represented by Rena Kiriakidi's "Tsirko". However, it was later claimed to be plagiarised, and Cyprus Broadcasting Corporation (CyBC), the national broadcaster, was forced to withdraw. However, they did not lose their broadcast and voting rights and still broadcast the show live.[12]
  •   France – France, one of two debutants at the previous contest, and broadcaster France 3 turned down the offer to participate due to the following reasons:[13][14]
    • Programming difficulties and restructuring within the channel
    • Very low viewing figures the previous year
    • No motivation to compete, with French Head of Delegation Bruno Berberes stating that "Too much Eurovision kills Eurovision"
  •   Georgia – Georgia was one of the countries on the preliminary participation list for the 2005 contest. However, at the time, Georgian Public Broadcasting (GPB) was not a full member of the EBU and would become a member on the 6th of July, but as this was one week after the participation confirmation deadline, meaning Georgia had to withdraw[15] and to wait out their participation until 2007.
  •   Ireland – Just like the 2004 contest, Raidió Teilifís Éireann (RTÉ) was said to be debuting at the 2005 contest. However, no official statement was released by the broadcaster and they ended up not participating.
  •   Lithuania – Lithuania, like Georgia, was one of the countries on the preliminary list for 2005.[16] But, Lithuania withdrew for unspecified reasons.[17] They would debut in 2007.
  •   Monaco – Monaco and Monegasque broadcaster TMC expressed an interest in participating.[18] However, plans never came to fruition due to scheduling problems and harsh citizenship laws and thus they never participated.
  •   Poland – Despite signing a 3-year contract with the EBU, Polish broadcaster Telewizja Polska (TVP) announced they would withdraw due to lack of interest and poor results.[19] They would eventually return in 2016.
  •   Portugal – Even though Portugal did not participate, public broadcaster Rádio e Televisão de Portugal (RTP) broadcast the contest delayed and confirmed they would debut in 2006.[20]
  •   Switzerland – Switzerland, one of two debutants in 2004, and the Swiss-Italian broadcaster RTSI turned down the offer to participate for the following reasons:[21]
  •   Ukraine – Ukraine, like Lithuania, was on the preliminary list of participation for 2005.[16] But, they pulled out before the night and had to wait until the next year to debut.


Broadcasters and commentators in participating countries
Country Broadcaster(s) Commentator(s) Ref.
  Belarus Belarus 1, Belarus 24 Denis Kurian
  Belgium Eén Dutch: Ilse Van Hoecke and André Vermeulen
La Une French: Jean-Louis Lahaye
  Croatia HRT 1 Unknown
  Denmark DR1 Nicolai Molbech
  Greece ERT1, ERT Sat Unknown
  Latvia LTV1 Kārlis Streips and Valters Frīdenbergs
  Macedonia MTV 1 Milanka Rašik
  Malta TVM Valerie Vella
  Netherlands Nederland 1 Tooske Ragas
  Norway NRK1 Nadia Hasnaoui
  Romania TVR1, TVRi Ioana Isopecu and Alexandru Nagy
  Russia Russia TV, RTR-Planeta Yuriy Nikolayev
  Serbia and Montenegro RTS1, RTS Sat Serbian: Duška Vučinić-Lučić
  Spain TVE1, TVE Internacional Beatriz Pécker and Lucho [22]
  Sweden SVT1 Josefine Sundström
  United Kingdom ITV2 (live), ITV1 (delayed) Michael Underwood [23]
Broadcasters and commentators in non-participating countries
Country Broadcaster(s) Commentator(s) Ref.
  Albania RTSH Unknown
  Australia SBS No commentary
  Cyprus CyBC Unknown
  Israel IBA (7 December 2007) No commentary [24]
  Portugal RTP1 (10 December 2005) Eládio Clímaco [20]
  Ukraine NTU Timur Miroshnychenko [25]

Official albumEdit

Cover art of the official album

Junior Eurovision Song Contest - 05, is a compilation album put together by the European Broadcasting Union, and was released by Universal Music Group in November 2005. The album features all the songs from the 2005

See alsoEdit

Notes and referencesEdit


  1. ^ The Norwegian song was written in a dialect of Norwegian, and originally had the title stated above (Sommer å Skolefri), however, when the Norwegian broadcaster submitted the song to the European Broadcasting Union, they gave the song title in the standard Norwegian form, Sommer og Skolefri, which is how it was displayed on screen.


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