Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2008

The Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2008 was the sixth edition of the annual Junior Eurovision Song Contest, which is the world's largest song contest for children.[2] It was held at the "Spyros Kyprianou" Athletic Centre in Lemesos, Cyprus and hosted by Alex Michael and Sophia Paraskeva. The theme of the event was "Fun in the Sun",[3] despite the fact that there were thunderstorms in Lemesos the day of the contest. It was won by the Georgian trio Bzikebi, with the song "Bzz..". Ukraine took 2nd place and Lithuania finished 3rd.[4] Bzikebi also became the first group act to win Junior Eurovision.

Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2008
Fun in the Sun
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Final22 November 2008
VenueSpyros Kyprianou Athletic Centre, Limassol, Cyprus
Presenter(s)Alex Michael
Sophia Paraskeva
Directed byKlitos Klitou
Executive supervisorSvante Stockselius
Executive producerMunro Forbes
Host broadcasterCyprus Broadcasting Corporation (CyBC)
Websitejunioreurovision.tv/event/lemesos-2008 Edit this at Wikidata
Number of entries15
Debuting countriesNone
Returning countriesNone
Non-returning countries
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         Participating countries     Countries that participated in the past but not in 2008
Voting systemEach country awards 1–8, 10, and 12 points to their 10 favourite songs.[1]
Nul pointsAll countries get 12 points from start
Winning song Georgia
2007 ← Junior Eurovision Song Contest → 2009

For the contest, various changes to the rules were made. One was that adults could assist children to write the songs submitted to their national broadcaster; previously only children could write the songs, with no assistance from adults. Another change was only six people could be on stage during a performance, instead of eight. The most significant change, however, was only half of the vote was decided by the tele-voters. Before the 2008 contest tele-voters completely decided the whole result. The other half of the result was decided by a jury of adults and children.[5][6]


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

Bidding phase and host selectionEdit

On 27 May 2007, the Eurovision Steering Group decided to award CyBC of Cyprus the rights to host the 2008 contest, over bids from TV4 of Sweden and NTU of Ukraine, the latter of which would later host the 2009 edition.


Spyros Kyprianou Athletic Center in Limassol was the host venue.

The Spyros Kyprianou Athletic Center[7] (Greek: Αθλητικό Κέντρο "Σπύρος Κυπριανού"), also known as Palais des sports, is the biggest and the most imposing multi dynamic indoor athletic arena in Cyprus. It is named after the late president of Cyprus Spyros Kyprianou.

The shuttle of the centre can host more than 6,255 spectators and at least 42 wheelchair spots. Moreover, the centre is used especially for the sport events of local schools in Limassol greater area.[8]

This project was conducted by the Cyprus Sports Organisation and was constructed north of the city of Limassol near Kato Polemidia and by the side of Limassol - Troodos road. Construction of the project began in late 2002 and was completed at the end of 2005 at a total cost of approximately CY£8.5 million.


Visual designEdit

The stage, which was designed by George Papadopoulos,[9] was nominated for the prestigious international "Live Design Excellence Awards".[10] The design is an abstract composition and consists of a round stage representing the island of Cyprus, real water along the front of the stage, two jetties, the waves breaking and moving away from the island and five sailing boats with oars. During the competitive performances, a beach ball with the design of the performer's national flag would be floating in the on-stage pond while they were performing.

The stage was constructed between 30 October 2008 and 14 November 2008.


On 10 September 2008, the hosts were announced as Alex Michael and Sophia Paraskeva; both presenters with Cypriot backgrounds.[11]

Running orderEdit

On 13 October 2008, the draw of the running order took place live on CyBC 1. This involved drawing the first and last countries and performers, and then drawing countries into various 'pots' to decide when they would perform.[12] The full running order was announced on 14 October 2008.[13]


The show was opened with a dance act featuring Yiorgos Ioannides and Mariam Venizelou. Dima Bilan performed two songs during the interval, alongside Evridiki and her husband Dimitris Korgialas who performed the theme song of the contest, "Fun in the Sun". The show came to a close with all participants performing "Hand in Hand", which was written especially for UNICEF and the Junior Eurovision Song Contest that year.[14][15][16]


As in all previous Eurovision Song Contests each country gave their top 10 countries songs points from 1 point for their 10th favourite song up until 8 points for their 3rd favourite song. Then 10 and 12 points were given for the second favorite and favorite respectively. But, the difference between this contest and other past contests is this is the first Eurovision Song Contest that implements a jury vote that counts for half of each countries vote.[17] Profits made from the televoting was donated to UNICEF.[18]

Participating countriesEdit

Fifteen countries took part in the 2008 Junior Eurovision Song Contest: Armenia, Belarus, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Macedonia, Georgia, Greece, Lithuania, Malta, Netherlands, Romania, Russia, Serbia, and Ukraine.[19] Portugal, which had taken part twice since 2006 announced that it was no longer interested in the contest and withdrew along with Sweden, a founding country in 2003, which left because of other broadcasting plans during the time of the event.[20][21][better source needed] Portugal would return in 2017 after winning the adult contest for the first time that same year.[22]

On the other hand, Israel and Bosnia and Herzegovina announced their intention to participate, but decided both to withdraw before the contest. Welsh language broadcaster S4C considered the possibility of participation, but in the end it was decided they would not to participate in the competition, because their debut was rejected because Wales isn't a sovereign state. Only the BBC has the exclusive right to represent the United Kingdom.[23][better source needed] Wales later debuted in the 2018 contest.

Azerbaijan announced its intention to take part also, but withdrew from the contest in early October. According to İctimai Televiziya və Radio Yayımları Şirkəti, the network was unable to select and prepare children for such a high scale event without proper help from other governmental structures and bodies. The broadcaster also confirmed payment of a fine to the EBU due to its late withdrawal.[24][better source needed] Poland had also considered participation but decided that it would not take part this year.[25] The 2008 contest was the first Junior Eurovision Song Contest to have no debuting countries.

Participants and resultsEdit

For the first time, each country decided their votes through a 50% jury and 50% televoting system which decided their top ten songs. The only country that did not use this system was Ukraine who calculated their vote using a jury. Ukrainian broadcaster NTU opted not to broadcast the contest live, but to air it deferred on Sunday 23 November as Saturday 22 November was Holodomor Remembrance Day in the country.[26][better source needed]

R/O Country Artist Song Language Points Place[27]
1   Romania Mădălina and Andrada "Salvați planeta!" Romanian 58 9
2   Armenia Monica "Im ergi hnchyune" (Իմ երգի հնչյունը) Armenian 59 8
3   Belarus Dasha, Alina [ru] and Karina "Serdtse Belarusi" (Сердце Беларуси) Russian[a] 86 6
4   Russia Mihail Puntov [ru] "Spit angel" (Спит ангел) Russian 73 7
5   Greece Niki Yiannouchu "Kapoia nychta" (Καποια νύχτα) Greek 19 14
6   Georgia Bzikebi "Bzz.." Imaginary 154 1
7   Belgium Oliver [nl] "Shut Up" Dutch 45 11
8   Bulgaria Krastyana Krasteva "Edna mechta" (Една мечта) Bulgarian 15 15
9   Serbia Maja Mazić [sr] "Uvek kad u nebo pogledam" (Увек кaд у небо погледaм) Serbian 37 12
10   Malta Daniel Testa "Junior Swing" English 100 4
11   Netherlands Marissa [nl] "1 dag" Dutch 27 13
12   Ukraine Viktoria Petryk "Matrosy" (Матроси) Ukrainian 135 2
13   Lithuania Eglė Jurgaitytė "Laiminga diena" Lithuanian 103 3
14   Macedonia Bobi Andonov "Prati mi SMS" (Прати ми СМС) Macedonian 93 5
15   Cyprus Elena Mannouri and Charis Savva "Gioupi gia!" (Γιούπι για!) Greek 46 10

Detailed voting resultsEdit

Bzikebi, Georgia's participants

Georgia and Macedonia awarded their points last due to technical problems.

Detailed voting results[28]
Voting procedure used:
  50% jury and televote
  100% jury vote
Total score
Romania 58 4 2 2 2 2 1 5 3 2 4 1 8 2 8
Armenia 59 3 5 6 6 6 7 3 3 8
Belarus 86 5 5 10 4 10 6 7 7 4 5 3 3 5
Russia 73 10 12 3 2 2 6 1 7 8 4 5 1
Greece 19 7
Georgia 154 6 12 8 12 10 12 12 10 8 12 12 12 12 4
Belgium 45 2 2 1 1 3 2 10 2 4 4 2
Bulgaria 15 3
Serbia 37 1 1 3 1 1 6 12
Malta 100 7 7 4 5 7 7 8 1 6 10 7 6 7 6
Netherlands 27 3 5 1 5 1
Ukraine 135 12 8 10 8 8 3 10 6 12 7 10 10 12 7
Lithuania 103 8 6 7 1 8 3 12 10 8 6 2 10 10
Macedonia 93 10 6 7 4 5 4 5 8 5 5 8 6 5 3
Cyprus 46 4 3 12 4 4 4 2 1

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
8   Georgia   Armenia,   Belgium,   Bulgaria,   Cyprus,   Lithuania,   Netherlands,   Russia,   Ukraine
3   Ukraine   Georgia,   Malta,   Romania
1   Lithuania   Serbia
  Russia   Belarus
  Cyprus   Greece
  Serbia   Macedonia


  1.   Romania – Iulia Ciobanu
  2.   Armenia – Mary Sahakyan
  3.   Belarus – Anjelica Misevich
  4.   Russia – Sarina
  5.   Greece – Stefani Trepekli
  6.   Georgia – Ana Davitaia
  7.   Belgium – Chloé Ditlefsen
  8.   Bulgaria – Marina Baltadzi
  9.   Serbia – Anđelija Erić
  10.   Malta – Francesca Zarb
  11.   Netherlands – Famke Rauch
  12.   Ukraine – Marietta
  13.   Lithuania – Lina Joy
  14.   Macedonia – Marija Zafirovska
  15.   Cyprus – Christina Christofi

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.

  •   Azerbaijan – Azerbaijan was originally going to participate but withdrew on 15 October 2008, due to the lack of participants signed up for the national final.
  •   Bosnia and Herzegovina – Bosnia and Herzegovina were also set to participate but later withdrew. Bosnia and Herzegovina also unsuccessfully attempted to participate in 2007.


A live broadcast of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest was available worldwide via satellite through European streams such as TVRi, ERT World, ARMTV, RTS Sat and MKTV Sat. The official Eurovision Song Contest website also provided a live stream without commentary via the peer-to-peer medium Octoshape.

Broadcasters and commentators in participating countries
Country Broadcaster(s) Commentator(s) Ref.
  Armenia Armenia 1 Gohar Gasparyan
  Belarus Belarus 1 Denis Kurian
  Belgium VRT Kristien Maes and Ben Roelants
  Bulgaria BNT 1 Elena Rosberg and Georgi Kushvaliev
  Cyprus CyBC Kyriakos Pastides
  Georgia GPB Temo Kvirkvelia
  Greece ERT Renia Tsitsibikou and George Amyras
  Lithuania LRT Darius Užkuraitis
  Macedonia MTV 1 Ivona Bogoevska
  Malta TVM Valerie Vella
  Netherlands AVRO Sipke Jan Bousema
  Romania TVR Ioana Isopescu and Alexandru Nagy
  Russia RTR Olga Shelest
  Serbia RTS2 Duška Vučinić-Lučić
  Ukraine NTU Timur Miroshnychenko
Broadcasters and commentators in non-participating countries
Country Broadcaster(s) Commentator(s) Ref.
  Australia SBS (13 May 2009) Unknown [29]
  Azerbaijan İctimai TV Unknown
  Bosnia and Herzegovina BHRT Dejan Kukrić [30][31]

Official albumEdit

Cover art of the official album

Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2008, is a compilation album put together by the European Broadcasting Union, and was released by Universal Music Group on 10 October 2008. The album features all the songs from the 2008 contest, along with karaoke versions.[32]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ At the start of the song, the backing vocals are in Belarusian.


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