Junior Eurovision Song Contest (2003)

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The first Junior Eurovision Song Contest (JESC) was based on an idea developed by Danmarks Radio (DR), the Danish national TV service, and was launched in November 2003 in Copenhagen. 16 ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Camilla Ottesen ...
Herself - Host
Remee ...
Himself - Host
Nicolai Molbech ...
Announcer (voice)
Flow Dance Academy ...
Themselves - Dancers
Nicolas Ganopoulos ...
Himself - Performer: Greece (as Nicolas)
Dino Jelusic ...
Himself - Performer: Croatia (as Dino)
Theodora Raftis ...
Herself - Performer: Cyprus (as Theodora)
Volha Satsiuk ...
Herself - Performer: Belarus (as Volha)
Katsiaryna Lipouskaya ...
Herself - Backing vocals: Belarus
Dzintars Cica ...
Himself - Performer: Latvia (as Dzintars)
Marija Arsovska ...
Herself - Performer: FYR Macedonia (as Marija) (as Victorija & Co.)
Viktorija Loba ...
Herself - Performer: FYR Macedonia (as Marija) (as Victorija & Co.)
Irena Galabovska ...
Herself - Performer: FYR Macedonia (as Marija) (as Victorija & Co.)
Bisera Ilijoska ...
Herself - Backing Vocals: FYR Macedonia (as Marija) (as Victorija & Co.)
Bojana Ilijoska ...
Herself - Backing Vocals: FYR Macedonia (as Marija) (as Victorija & Co.)


The first Junior Eurovision Song Contest (JESC) was based on an idea developed by Danmarks Radio (DR), the Danish national TV service, and was launched in November 2003 in Copenhagen. 16 aspiring artists or ensembles, each having won their respective national contest, were competing to become the first winner of a JESC. Nicholas, the youngest entrant and representing Greece, opened the show spectacularly, and so the evening had begun. In a magnificent atmosphere engulfing the Forum concert hall, the two hosts, Camilla (a veteran of the previous five junior song contests held in Denmark) and Remee, were squarely and impressively in control of events. Following a thrilling vote cast, in which literally the final vote made the difference, Dino from Croatia came out as the winner. Denmark, hosting the event, was quite pleased to finish fifth. Written by oleryhlolsson@ofir.dk

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15 November 2003 (Denmark)  »

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Europeiska melodifestivalen junior  »

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The best TV concept ever developed in Denmark!
21 December 2003 | by (Holte, Denmark) – See all my reviews

Although a small nation with a small language and so scant prospects of producing TV concepts with international appeal, Denmark has none the less managed to create something new and powerful with Junior Eurovision Song Contest (JESC) - something to capture the audience unlike the vast array of shows featuring forgettable people in pointless situations. The idea of televising a song contest with children first began in 2000 as a spin-off from a children's show on DR TV, but already the next year it was launched on Danish TV as an independent show called "mgp 2001" - and became an instant success! It was only natural that the show would spawn, first, a Nordic version in 2002 and then, in 2003, the international version. This was not just a European "box" placed on top of the Danish show; all 16 entrants to the JESC 2003 had organized their own national contests thereby establishing a new TV tradition which hopefully will continue and develop in the future. An international children's song contest is about showing that children are competent, possessed of sufficient energy, willpower and skills to lift a show on this scale. Bear in mind that the youngest entrant was only eight years old, and by no means the worst. Unlike the ESC for grown-ups, where entrants may deliver songs written by just about anyone else than themselves, entrants to the JESC have to perform songs which are clearly their own. This JESC rule has added new zest to an institution lately considered somewhat sclerotic, and in a few years the Junior ESC may conceivably have supplanted the grown-up version as the preferred song contest.

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