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Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2013

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30 November 2013

Viktor Knysh

Executive producer
Victoria Romanova

Palace "Ukraine", Kiev

Executive supervisor
Vladislav Yakovlev

Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2013

Timur Miroshnychenko, Zlata Ognevich

The Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2013 was the 11th annual Junior Eurovision Song Contest. It took place in Kiev, Ukraine on 30 November 2013. The venue for the contest was announced on 10 April 2013, as the Palace "Ukraine". Ukrainian broadcaster National Television Company of Ukraine (NTU) was the host broadcaster for the event. It was the second time the contest was held in Kiev, the first being the 2009 contest. It was also the second time in the history of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest that the event took place in last year's winning country, as well as the first time that the event was held in the same city twice. A total of twelve countries participated, with Macedonia and Malta making a return, and Albania, Belgium and Israel choosing to withdraw. San Marino made their debut in the contest. Cyprus was originally the thirteenth country to take part but pulled out the last minute.


On the evening of the contest Ruslana withdrew from appearing in the contest because of sickness. Gaia Cauchi representing Malta won the contest with the song "The Start". This was Malta's first Junior Eurovision victory as well as their first victory in any Eurovision Contest. It also marked the first time in the history of the contest that a winning entry was sung entirely in English. This was also the first contest to introduce a new awards system: The winning country along with the second and third place countries each received a trophy. Sofia Tarasova, representing the host nation Ukraine, took second place and Ilya Volkov singing for Belarus took the third-place trophy.


On 17 April 2013, the Ukrainian national broadcaster NTU and the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) announced that the venue for the 2013 contest will take place in the Palace "Ukraine", in Kiev. The venue which is also known as the National Palace of Arts "Ukraine", which is a state company administered by the State Directory of Affairs, is one of the main venues for official events along with Palace of Sports in Kiev, Ukraine, which hosted the 2009 contest.

It was opened in 1970 as the biggest center of culture and arts. The building was designed by a group of architects P. Zhylytskyi, I. Vayner, under the directorship of the project's author the distinguished architect of Ukrainian SSR Yevhenia Marychenko. All of the architects were awarded Shevchenko National Prize (1971) for its design and construction. The building is trapezoidal, twenty eight meters tall and consists of over 300 rooms.


The executive supervisor of the Junior Eurovision steering group, Vladislav Yakovlev, announced on 17 July 2013 that there would be some changes being introduced to the contest from 2013 onwards. The contest would no longer focus on just the winning entry, but would also award prizes to the top three entries in acknowledgement of the talents of the young performers.

It was also announced that the winner of Junior Eurovision 2013 would be at the Eurovision Song Contest 2014, however the role that they would play had not been revealed at that time.

On 7 October 2013, it was announced that the executive supervisor managed to maintain the participation of thirteen countries for the contest in Kiev, Ukraine. The name of the thirteenth country was expected to be announced by the European Broadcasting Union on 29 October 2013. It was later confirmed on 1 November 2013 that Cyprus were going to be the thirteenth country but withdrew at the last minute. The running order draw took place on 25 November 2013 during the contest's opening party.

Graphic design

Designer Elias Ledakis, who was responsible for the stage design of the Eurovision Song Contest 2006 in Athens, Greece, was announced on 7 October 2013 as also being the designer for the 2013 Junior Eurovision stage.

Radio Broadcast

The official Junior Eurovision Twitter account revealed on the 9 October that the contest was planned to be broadcast online and by national broadcasters, however the details were still being worked on. On 21 November 2013, it was revealed that 98.8 Castle FM in Scotland would be the only radio station broadcasting the ceremony in the United Kingdom. Radio Ukraine International would also be broadcasting the contest live.

Participating countries

Awards were given to the top three countries, after all the votes were cast. The table below highlights these using gold, silver, and bronze.

12 points

  • All countries were given 12 points at the start of voting. This was so no country got nul points.
  • Other countries

  •  Albania – On 27 September 2013 the head of the Albanian delegation, Kleart Duraj informed that Radio Televizioni Shqiptar (RTSH) had withdrawn after making the début in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2012 due to not finding a suitable act to represent the nation.
  •  Belgium – Flemish broadcaster Vlaamse Radio- en Televisieomroeporganisatie (VRT) owner of children's channel Ketnet, announced it would not participate in the 2013 contest, and instead focusing on creating a new talent show for young performers in Belgium. They however, hosted a national final, which was won by 14-year-old Pieter Vreys.
  •  Bulgaria – Bulgarian broadcaster Bulgarian National Television (BNT) announced that they would not return to the contest in 2013. However, they are currently planning to return in the future.
  •  Cyprus – Cypriot broadcaster Cyprus Broadcasting Corporation (CyBC) were in discussions with the EBU as to being the thirteenth country in Junior Eurovision, however after a board meeting an invitation to take part was declined.
  •  Israel – On 21 October 2013 it was announced by EscPlus that Israel would not be taking part in the 2013 contest.
  •  Latvia – An announcement was made by Latvian broadcaster Latvijas Televīzija (LTV) that they would not return to the 2013 contest.
  •  Norway – Norwegian broadcaster NRK confirmed on Junior Eurovision Twitter account that they won't return in the contest.
  •  Portugal – Portuguese broadcaster Rádio e Televisão de Portugal (RTP) announced that they will not return to contest in 2013, due to the realisation of the Little Singers Gala in Figueira da Foz.
  •  Spain – Yago Fandiño, director of children's programs of TVE stated on 7 September 2013 that TVE and the EBU were negotiating its return. Fandiño explained that since the EBU has redesigned the format of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest, TVE would check if the initiatives make into a format more suitable for the younger audience. If so, the country would have probably returned to the competition.
  • Voting and spokespersons

    The order in which each country announced their votes was in the order of performance. The running order draw took place on 25 November 2013 during the contest's opening party. The spokespersons from all of the participating countries are shown below alongside their respective country.


    Most countries sent commentators to Kiev or commentated from their own country, in order to add insight to the participants and, if necessary, provide voting information. For the first time, featured commentary online during the broadcast with commentary from the website's editor Luke Fisher and radio broadcaster Ewan Spence.

  •  Armenia – Dalita and Vahe Khanamiryan (Armenia 1)
  •  Australia – Andre Nookadu and Georgia McCarthy (SBS Two, 1 December 2013, non-participating)
  •  Azerbaijan – Konul Arifziki (İctimai Television)
  •  Belarus – Anatoliy Lipetskiy (BTRC)
  •  Georgia – Natia Bunturi and Giorgi Grdzelishvili (Georgian Public Broadcaster)
  •  Greece – TBC (Dimosia Tileorasi (DT), non-participating)
  •  Kosovo – TBC (RTK, non-participating)
  •  Macedonia – Tina Teutovic and Spasija Veljanoska (Macedonian Radio Television)
  •  Malta – Corazon Mizzi and Daniel Chircop (Public Broadcasting Services)
  •  Moldova – Rusalina Rusu (TeleRadio-Moldova)
  •  Netherlands – Marcel Kuijer (AVRO)
  •  Russia – Alexander Gurevich (Carousel)
  •  San Marino – Lia Fiorio and Gilberto Gattei (SMtv San Marino)
  •  Sweden – Ylva Hällen and Edward af Sillén (SVT Barnkanalen)
  •  Ukraine – Tetiana Terekhova (National Television Company of Ukraine); Olena Zelinchenko, Valerij Kirichenko, Anastasia Jablonskaja (Radio Ukraine International)
  •  United Kingdom – Ewan Spence and Luke Fisher (98.8 Castle FM, non-participating)
  • Official album

    Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2013: Kyiv a compilation album put together by the European Broadcasting Union, was released by Universal Music Group on 22 November 2013. The album features all the songs from the 2013 contest, along with karaoke versions.


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