The trophy is out
This year’s Junior Eurovision Song Contest trophy is made from solid glass with sand blasted and painted detailing. The trophy is made up of a cylindrical tube, embraced by a swirl running from bottom to top. The fused glass is coloured in red and white, which resembles Malta’s national flag. Its creation is aimed to bring out the best of the material itself as well as the talents of highly skilled craftsmen and artists and artisans who handcrafted each trophy. The Chief Executive Officer of the Public Broadcasting Services Mr. John Bundy who designed the trophy together with the artisans at Mdina Glass, said that this is the essence of the theme this year: EMBRACE. The design and the winner’s trophy was presented to the general public during a press conference held at the Mediterranean Conference Centre in Valletta during which the European Broadcasting Union and the Public Broadcasting Services Ltd (Malta) answered questions related to this year’s Junior Eurovision Song Contest and forecasts for the upcoming editions of the Junior Eurovision and the Eurovision Song Contest.
“I’m so proud of you” – President Coleiro Preca
H.E. President Marie Louise Coleiro Preca expressed her pride in the work that the young MCAST students were carrying out at the Press Centre of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest. Madam President congratulated individually each member of the 20-strong team of budding photographers, videographers, editors and journalists who are completing a practical assignment by reporting in full the events at the JESC 2016. Informed sources told TVM.com.mt that these young people, whose ages range between 18 and 20, are putting up a quick-fire service of stories related to the singers and the songs of the 17 countries participating in this year’s JESC. the same sources said that the students are posting up to 30 stories a day, complete with edited videos and a range of gallery shots. They are also keeping an eye out for creative and quirky shots using a fly-on-the-wall technique. Later, the President also visited the crew and stage set-up and had words of encouragement for all the hard-working staff who were working to make the show a success.
Relax and enjoy advises Poli Genova
Poli Genova observed a big difference between the Junior Eurovision this year and that of five years ago. She said that this is also due to the fact that everyone has matured a bit more . Speaking to TVM.com.mt, Ms Genova advised the contestants to relax so that they not only perform well but also enjoy the show. “It’s a special moment for all” said Ms Genova, something she said, should be enjoyed by all.
The children sing to the tune of ‘Embrace’
‘Embrace’ is the theme for the year Junior Eurovision, tonight Gordon Bonello the Creative Director led the common song’s rehearsal giving direction to the participants guiding them to their positioning on stage, and working the perfect camera angles to give this year’s show a much anticipated grand opening.
PBS says Malta will deliver a great show
PBS CEO John Bundy said that while the venue at the Mediterranean Conference Centre may be small, the delivery of the show will be big. Addressing a joint EBU-PBS Press conference, the EBU executive supervisor Mr Jon Ola Sand said that this is the 14th edition of the junior Eurovision Song Contest As such, it was time for the EBU to take stock of the situation and make any changes deemed necessary to keep the show relevant to the programming and to the aspirations of the countries. “It is very important to change and take stock, particularly in a media scenario which, over the past decade has evolved considerably” said Mr Sand. He said that one major change was that the timing of the show went to an earlier time band. This was done, after consultation with national broadcasters, who felt that a late evening show, while suitable for an adult audience, was not really suited for a children’s show. This issue was exacerbated by the fact that the different time zones o the broadcasting companies threw the timings of the show into TV time slots which were very late. Mr Sand also said that this is the first time that televoting will be omitted and an expert panel will be introduced instead. The Executive producer of this year’s show for PBS, Mr Charles Dalli said that PBS built on the experience and lessons which were learnt from the previous experience. “Each show, however, has its own story” said Mr Dalli “This time round we are showcasing Valletta as the capital of Malta with it’s beautiful architecture and culture” Mr Dalli said that the concept of the Green Room this year was being changed to introduce the idea of performers interacting with the audience. Mr Sand stressed that the Junior Eurovision Song Contest could not and should not be a mini-version of the Eurovision song contest. He said that this contest for young adults had its own narrative and style and the EBU was doing its best to show non-participating countries what they were missing. “They will be sorry, when they see this year’s show” smiled Mr Bundy in conclusion.
Maltese dancers embrace the stage
Three major dancing companies in Malta are taking the stage next Sunday, 20th November 2016 and dancing their way through different parts of the stage. Waterfall, Southville and Annalise Ellul Dancers together with some foreign outfits are providing the dance sequences to all parts of the show, including the star acts such as Poli Genova. A total of just under 150 dancers have been training for months to a mix of music genres, varying the style of dancing to provide an eclectic mix that is at once riveting and invigorating. The dance sequences provide energy and a dynamic input which give the show a youthful dimension.