Sixteen acts have come to the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2014 in Malta, but only one will walk away with the winner’s trophy. We have been on the ground watching rehearsals and chatting with JESC stars and now it’s time to share our final thoughts on what promises to be one of the closest finals ever. As the contestants slip into their sequin frocks for tonight’s live show, you can read our country-by-country preview below. We’ve included details of how contestants fared in our fan poll, with the Wiwi Jury, and in our combined results. Consider all of this our pre-recorded commentary.

Junior Eurovision 2014: Previews by running order

Nadezhda Misyakova Belarus second rehearsal

1. Belarus: Nadezdha Misyakova – Sokal

Nadezhda plays the part of an indigenous princess with aplomb. She dresses as a chic Pocahontas, dances like a tribal warrior and sings like a goddess. The song gets under your skin not only through song, but through the visuals. Watch out for a giant hawk that sweeps across the LED screen, changing the wheat fields into an enchanting red forest.

Poll ranking: 11 Wiwi Jury ranking: 3 Overall prediction ranking: 5

Krisia Bulgaria Junior Eurovision 2014 final

2. Bulgaria: Krisia, Hasan and Ibrahim – Planet of the Children

Little Krisia has had a long week. First she had a cold and sore throat, so could sing fully during the rehearsals. Then the power went out in the Arena during her performance. No matter. She sang again and proved that she is in it to win it. She’s among the more adorable contestants, which can only help.

Poll ranking: 7 Wiwi Jury ranking: 4 Overall prediction ranking: 4

San marino Peppermints Jury Final Junior Eurovision 2014

 

3. San Marino: The Peppermints – Breaking My Heart

Their background features the universe and the Peppermints are the five biggest stars. They may be this year’s oldest contestants, but their sass, charm and runway walks will appeal to all ages. They don’t make much effort to harmonise, and at times they seem to shout. But hey: they want Europe to hear them.

Poll ranking: 8 Wiwi Jury ranking: 14 Overall prediction ranking: 14

josie croatia first rehearsal

 

4. Croatia: Josie – Game Over

Josie’s song about the end of a relationship is sung from the heart. She wrote this herself and has managed to turn heartache into an electro-dance number. It’s just adorable. Her backing dancers Sven and Eros will likely win her some votes with their street dance and cheeky smiles.

Poll ranking: 2 Wiwi Jury ranking: 15 Overall prediction ranking: 9

Sophie Patsalides Cyprus JESC 2014

 

5. Cyprus: Sophia Patsalides – I Pio Omorfi Mera

Sophia topped the Wiwi Jury rankings for good reason: she has an addictive dance number that flies by. All week the press corps have been dancing to this, and all week she’s been growing stronger and stronger. Her song is about the most beautiful day, but rather than predictable scenes of sunshine she gives us rainclouds and lightning–and some fierce clubby dance moves. Watch her runway walk in the final minute.

Poll ranking: 9 Wiwi Jury ranking: 1 Overall prediction ranking: 2
Georgia JESC 2014 Lizi Pop

6. Georgia: Lizi Pop – Happy Day

This just grows, grows, grows with us. Lizi Pop has brought one of the most age-appropriate acts to Malta–and easily the most memorable riff (o-deli-deli-deli-ohhhh). Her pink loofah dress and sparkling black ballerinas scream cute. How can you not vote for such a charming act?

Poll ranking: 13 Wiwi Jury ranking: 8 Overall prediction ranking: 12

 

Sweden Julia Kedhammar second rehearsal jesc 2014

7. Sweden: Julia Kedhammar – Du Ar Inte Ensam

A lot of people in the press room have been harsh on this one, suggesting that the glittery costumes are only acceptable in progressive Sweden. I say WHATEVER! Julia is a Swede and should just be herself. The LED features an impressive cityscape, which plays on the title of her song “You are not alone.” There is always someone out there for y’all! The choreography features some impressive sidesteps and I love the schlager junior.

Poll ranking: 14 Wiwi Jury ranking: 7 Overall prediction ranking: 11

 

Ukraine Sympho-Nick JESC 2014 Junior Eurovision

8. Ukraine: Sympho – Nick – Spring will Come

Fans of the adult Eurovision will no doubt compare this to Zlata Ognevich’s “Gravity.” It’s a fair comparison–and a flattering one! Ukraine is pulling a Mika Newton 2011 and using visuals to help boost a song which doesn’t automatically appeal to everyone. These LEDs are on point and deserve your attention.

Poll ranking: 1 Wiwi Jury ranking: 9 Overall prediction ranking: 3

Ula Lozar SLovenia nisi sam

9. Slovenia: Ula Lozar – Nisi Sam

Ula Lozar sings “Nisi Sam” (You’re Not Alone) — and we definitely aren’t. Her vocals wrap around us tight and make us feel all warm and fuzzy. This song screams 1920s jazz, and young Ula delivers it with sass and attitude. Simple staging helps us focus on the powerful song.

Poll ranking: 5 Wiwi Jury ranking: 2 Overall prediction ranking: 1
Masa Lelja montenegro jesc 2014

10. Montenegro: Lejla Vulic & Masa Vujadinovic – Budi Dijete Na Jedan Dan

Not all children are choreographed down to the C. Some prefer to go freestyle, and so it should be. Montenegro’s Lejla and Masa have opted for an organic performance that features two bright tutus. They are being kids (as their song title suggests) and it’s rather refreshing. They don’t need to hit any cues beacuse they largely stand in place.

Poll ranking: 6 Wiwi Jury ranking: 16 Overall prediction ranking: 15

Jury Final Junior Eurovision 2014 Italy Vincenzo Cantiello

11. Italy: Vincenzo Cantiello – Tuo Primo Grande Amore

This year’s only male contestant is singing a beautiful song in a beautiful language! Vincenzo doesn’t rely on fancy LED screens. Instead he lets his voice do all the work — and boy does it work. We still think he is a little too young to be all pained and emotional, but hey: he makes us believe it.

Poll ranking: 3 Wiwi Jury ranking: 13 Overall prediction ranking: 7

Betty Junior Eurovision 2014 Armenia JESC 4

12. Armenia: Betty with “People of the Sun”

This song is drenched in Iberian flavour and will make you crave a bikini and a cocktail. Watch out for the children hiding under the silver podium. They slide out and later scale some orange curtains. You can’t make it up.

Poll ranking: 10 Wiwi Jury ranking: 10 Overall prediction ranking: 10

Alisa Kozhikina Russia JESC 2014 second rehearsal 2

13. Russia: Alisa Kozhikina – Dreamer

She’s a fragile looking girl, but her voice is strong, strong, strong. She keeps the LED sparkly and kid-friendly, and she hits all of her camera angles. It’s a definite change of pace following high-octane Betty, and the perfect transition to Serbia.

Poll ranking: 16 Wiwi Jury ranking: 6 Overall prediction ranking: 13

Emilija Djonin Serbia first rehearsal jesc 2014

14. Serbia: Emilija Djonin – Svet U Mojim Ocima

This piano ballad screams Maya Sar. It’s got classy lyrics, and a lovely singer on the piano. You may not think there is much motion here, but just wait: in the final minute she steps up and walks toward the audience.

Poll ranking: 4 Wiwi Jury ranking: 11 Overall prediction ranking: 6

Federica Falzon Malta Jury Final Junior Eurovision 2014

15. Malta: Federica Falzon – Diamonds

This diamond shines bright — and she will make you shiver! Fielding opera is always risky, but brave Federica really works it — and with such confidence. Her LED screen looks like a million dollars (or at least a million diamonds). We approve. This song should really rack up points with the juries. When you hear it, you can’t believe it’s coming out of a child.

Poll ranking: 15 Wiwi Jury ranking: 12 Overall prediction ranking: 16

Julia Netherlands first rehearsal junior eurovision 2014 jesc

16. The Netherlands: Julia van Bergen – Around

The final song is among the catchiest. Julia says the word “Around” 60 times, and that’s one reason it gets stuck in your head. Given that it closes the show, this could bode very well in the recap. We love the gold lamé and Julia’s street dancers.

Poll ranking: 12 Wiwi Jury ranking: 5 Overall prediction ranking: 8

Want more? Here is a video of all our thoughts:

MORE JUNIOR EUROVISION 2014 COVERAGE

  • Watch all of our rehearsal videos here.
  • Read all of our JESC 2014 song reviews here.
  • Check out all of our Junior Eurovision coverage here.
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Deo Cassar
Deo Cassar
7 years ago

This is all about the best combination song/singer. The best and most beautiful song is the Russian Dreamer, with the Bulgarian one a close second. The Bulgarian song comes second only because it is repetitive otherwise it is stronger than the Russian one, but not as sweet. But when it comes to singer voice and interpretation the Russian singer enthralls. Her voice is the closest thing to heaven I have ever heard and the control of her voice and shift in tonality is amazing. Technically, this Russian singer/song combination should be the winner whatever the results are.

milena
milena
7 years ago

Krisia,Hasan & Ibrahim have the most beautiful song.GOOD LUCK

bavarson
bavarson
7 years ago

Sophia Patsalides – Mei Finegold of Junior Eurovision?

Dbon
Dbon
7 years ago

What a spectacular show!

Nicky Ouni
Nicky Ouni
7 years ago

Krisia,Hasan & Ibrahim have the most beautiful song.GOOD LUCK

Jethro
Jethro
7 years ago

Malta won’t finish last. But It can’t do well in polls because it has small population

A
A
7 years ago

I’m telling you now that Malta will NOT finish last at all! She most likely wont win but she definitley deserves to!