Ahead of tonight’s jury final at Junior Eurovision 2014, the team from wiwibloggs attended the first dress rehearsal. Our 16 stars shined, but who shined the brightest? You can watch snippets of each performance below. You can also see more of our on-the-ground footage by following our Instagram account.
Opening act at Junior Eurovision 2014
The opening image shows a child making a paper plane, which he throws out into the Malta skyline. It travels through Malta — over city and rural vistas, across the sea and ancient relics — en route to the Malta Shipyard Building. The opening dance number features dozens of street dancers dancing before a bright LED of moving triangles (from the official JESC 2014 logo). The Parade of Contestants coincides with this, and the acts are introduced in four separate groups in between the dancing. It’s the most impressive opening we’ve ever seen at JESC. It really showcases Malta.
A snippet from the parade of contestants
Junior Eurovision 2014 Running Order and Reviews
1. Belarus: Nadezdha Misyakova – Sokal Nadezdha has her choreography and vocals down. It’s as sharp and crisp as it was in the rehearsals earlier in the week. She isn’t fazed by the big stage. We love the transition from field to red forest, all led by a giant hawk. Here it is:
We love how Belarus transitions from field to red forest with this hawk #jesc #jesc2014 #junioreurovision #rehearsal A video posted by wiwibloggs.com (@wiwibloggs) on
Bulgaria’s Krisia has finally recovered from her illness, and we are so glad. Her voice is BACK and it’s BIG. Unfortunately we had a technical glitch so there is no sound on this file — apologies!
As a bonus video, here are Krisia, Hasan and Ibrahim in the green room toward the back of the Arena:
Their LED looks better every time we see it! It’s a full-on intergalactic vista, and the Peppermints are our stars!
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Croatia’s Josie is more confident today #jesc #jesc2014 #junioreurovision A video posted by wiwibloggs.com (@wiwibloggs) on
She works this runway like no other! The white dress adds so much, and we’re looking forward to them revving up the wind machine.
Georgia’s @lizajap #jesc #jesc2014 #junioreurovision LOVE THIS A video posted by wiwibloggs.com (@wiwibloggs) on
We couldn’t help but grab a selfie with Lizi Pop in the green room
7. Sweden: Julia Kedhammar – Du Ar Inte Ensam Julia seemed to be struggling with her earpiece this afternoon. She was slightly off beat and at times stopped singing. But it’s OK: that’s what the dress rehearsal is for. She’ll shine tonight. Her staging and costumes are too good not to.
Loving all this color from #Sweden’s Julia Kedhammar #jesc2014 #jesc #junioreurovision A video posted by wiwibloggs.com (@wiwibloggs) on
Their voices are blending much better now than earlier in the week. They’ve clearly grown close this week!
9. Slovenia: Ula Lozar – Nisi Sam Ula’s LED screen was completely black during her run-through today. It actually looked fantastic and kept the focus on Ula and her voice. We still don’t know if this was deliberate, or whether they’ll return to the more colorful LED screens for the jury final. In either event, we love the addition of pyrotechnics. Ula’s voice gets better with each rehearsal!
Watch Ula Lozar disappear into a plume of smoke. Gorgeous #jesc2014 #jesc #junioreurovision A video posted by wiwibloggs.com (@wiwibloggs) on
Lijla and Masa win the award for most improved this week. They manage to make a simple act interesting, and boy is their riff catchy.
11. Italy: Vincenzo Cantiello – Tuo Primo Grande Amore Okay, we’re now pretty sure the LED screen is broken, because Montenegro and Italy are now rehearsing without any background. But that isn’t stopping young Vincenzo from delivering a killer performance. You could lock the kid in a box and his voice would still come out better than most adult Eurovision contestants. He’s a real dark horse.
Italy’s Vincenzo Cantiello just doesn’t miss a note! #jesc #jesc2014 #junioreurovision ????? ???????????? wiwibloggs.com (@wiwibloggs) on
No Alisa, YOU are our everything! #jesc #jesc2014 #junioreurovision A video posted by wiwibloggs.com (@wiwibloggs) on
The amazing Federica Falzon at #jesc #jesc2014 #junioreurovision #malta A video posted by wiwibloggs.com (@wiwibloggs) on
Snippets of the voting recap
Snippet of the voting recap with #Bulgaria and #sanmarino #jesc #jesc2014 #junioreurovision A video posted by wiwibloggs.com (@wiwibloggs) on
The group song #together
The group dance number #together at #junioreurovision #jesc2014 #jesc A video posted by wiwibloggs.com (@wiwibloggs) on