KYIV, UKRAINE – With the NTU press conference few days ago there were many new things introduced to the 2013 Junior Eurovision Song Contest like the extension of the song duration to 3 minutes, the draw of the running order at teh opening reception on November 25th and the three awards on the final night. The stage, the logo and the hosts presented as well.
Today we have more information about further changes in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2013. First of all we have to admit that NTU has proven to be inovative, hard working and creative, exactly what their motto say (#becreative).
:: The spokepersons this year will be in the arena and not in their country to give the votes and will cast the national votes with the hosts during the show, aiming to create a bigger party spirit.
:: The show will start at 19:00 CET this time (not 20:15 lik previous years) aiming to bring more viewers as the show is a youth event along with a family event and on Saturday night this is a better option than a total prime time show. This is what oikotimes.com was saying for years now! Remember it’s another thing to loose your Saturday night for a senior Eurovision and it’s a waste of time to stay inside because of a junior event, so this is totally excellent decision.
:: There will also be radio broadcast of the show in Ukraine but also in various countries participating or not. There are discussions also with non participating countries to broadcast the show on TV amongst them Greece. Radio broadcast of Junior Eurovision will take place for the very first time!
:: Junior Eurovision week will include more than rehearsals. The NTU aim is to bring kids and delegations together and include some educational events besides fun and competition. Besides the hospitality and tour of Kyiv Junior Eurovision week will include learning of Ukrainian dancing!
:: The venue has been fully adjusted to the demands of the stage, created by Greek famous designer Elias Ledakis and will including moving parts (puzzles). It was difficult to do so, says NTU but they are committed to the event and they promised us to see a spectacular stage and effects! Stage construction will commence on November 10th! NTU also promises a great press center at the 6th floor of the venue.
:: EBU says that 10 countries are confirmed, they are awaiting Azerbaijan’s entry to become the 11th entry soon and they are also negotiating with 2 more countries one of which will debut in the contest! Most likely we will know more on November 1st. Israel and San Marino could be the two secrets but we still awaiting for confirmations. (Some claim it could be Spain but we have to wait for that surprise!)
MORE INFORMATION PREVIOUSLY REVEALED
In addition to the creativity on stage and that the children performing will provide, NTU have decided to do the draw deciding the running order of songs during the opening party on the 25th November in Kyiv. “We’re going to get the children to pick the order that they perform in,” explains Executive Producer Roman Keryk. “It will be a live part of the event with everyone looking on, wondering how the numbers will fall but also seeing how fair and transparent the process is.”
Other innovations for the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2013 include extending the length of the song to three minutes, changing the length of the postcards to fifty seconds to allow more time for the contestants to introduce themselves and the heads of the Children’s Jury will announce their points live on stage. “Their input into the competition is vital,” Panteleimonov explains. “Therefore we’ve invited them to deliver their results live on stage so that they can be part of celebrating the event too.”
The trophy designs were also unveiled, featuring Puzzle man in three dazzling colours to represent three awards instead of just one as done previously.
NTU previously hosted the Junior Eurovision Song Contest in 2009. That event was won by Ralf Mackenbach with his song Click Clack representing the Netherlands. The previous Junior Eurovision Song Contest was also won by Ukraine when their contestant Anastasiya Petryk won the hearts of Europe with her song Nebo in Amsterdam in 2012. Anastasiya will be appearing as a special guest of Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2013.