Diamond dozen ready for Kyiv
Entry submission for the 2013 Junior Eurovision Song Contest has now been finalised, with twelve countries to participate in this year's event in Kyiv in just under three weeks' time!
The twelve broadcasters that have signed up for this year's contest are:
- Armenia (AMPTV)
- Azerbaijan (Ictimai)
- Belarus (BTRC)
- Georgia (GPB)
- FYR Macedonia (MRT)
- Malta (PBS)
- Moldova (TRM)
- Netherlands (AVRO)
- Russia (RTR)
- San Marino (SMTV)
- Sweden (SVT)
- Ukraine (NTU) host broadcaster
Junior Eurovision Song Contest supervisor, Vladislav Yakovlev, said that millions of fans across Europe and beyond will be watching the coproduction between the EBU and Ukrainian public broadcaster NTU: "Interest has been unprecedented this year ; not only from the participating nations but from all over the world. We’re extremely proud to provide a stage for top young singers from the 12 countries to show their talent," he said. "We also thank NTU and Ukraine for their incredible efforts and for fully personifying their ‘Be Creative’ theme."
The contest will also feature performances by last year’s winner Anastasiya Petryk, as well as co-host and successful Eurovision Malmo 2013 place-getter Zlata Ognevich. New format elements have been introduced this year to celebrate the competition’s second decade. Innovations include introducing first, second and third prizes, having the children conduct their own draw for the order they perform in on the show, inviting spokespeople to appear live on stage in Kyiv to announce the results and the winner being given the opportunity to participate at the Eurovision Song Contest in Copenhagen 2014.
"Our team has been working hard on bringing all of our ideas to life so that it will create a fairytale atmosphere that will not only be a wonderful experience for the children in the show, but for everyone watching," says Oleksandr Panteleimonov, Director General of NTU. "This will be the biggest event that the National Palace of Arts Ukraina has ever seen."
The two hour contest will be broadcast on 30th November 2013 and is suitable for all audiences. Contestants perform live on stage in front of millions of viewers watching on television or via online media streams, with prizes awarded to the singers who come in first, second and third place.