24
November
2017

Eurovision Experience: Differences between Junior and adult Eurovision

Eurovision Experience: Differences between Junior and adult Eurovision

Team ESC Daily is at the scene at both the Junior Eurovision Song Contest and the famous adult version of the contest. In this episode of the Eurovision Experience, Steef van Gorkum talks about the differences between both versions of the contest.

Steef talks about the changes he is experiencing as a journalist at the contest. But also to the participants, who are not all used to talk in English.

Check out episode 7 of the Eurovision Experience:

In The Eurovision Experience, members of Team ESCDaily give you a view from behind the scenes. We show you what it is like to travel to & work at all the Eurovision events!

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24
November
2017

EBU: “Online voting is a test for adult Eurovision”

EBU: “Online voting is a test for adult Eurovision”

Tonight at 18:00 CET, the online voting for Junior Eurovision 2017 starts. It’s the most serious experiment with online voting in the Eurovision world thus far. According to EBU’s Chief Executive Supervisor Jon Ola Sand, it’s an experiment that could lead towards the adult contest as well.

“For the time being, we’re happy with the current voting process at adult Eurovision,” Sand states. “But technology develops, so for the future, who knows, online voting could be a good solution. That’s why it is good to test it out here at Junior.”

So how does it work?

If you want to cast your vote in Junior Eurovision 2017, you can do so through this website. The voting starts at 18:00 CET. The EBU also released an introductory video about the voting process which you can watch HERE.

You can vote for at least 3 countries, and maximum 5, including your own country. All votes from all countries will be added into one big pile, then calculated into percentages, and then recalculated towards 928 points (exactly 50% of the total vote). This means that if more Polish people vote than for example Australians, Poles will have a bigger influence on the outcome of the contest.

Voting is free, and everyone can vote one time and one time only. How the EBU exactly plans to execute this plan and control that people do not vote more than once, is not made public yet. However, Jon Ola Sand told ESCDaily that he thinks the system is secure enough: “We don’t think so, because you have to vote for at least three countries. We think it’s a fair system – as fair as it gets.”

Criticism

Ewan Spence from ESCInsight wrote a rather critical article about this feature. According to his calculations based on last year’s viewing figures, Poland could indeed take a 44.000 vote lead over Italy simply by people voting for their own country. Spence is also afraid that the early voting slot will shift the attention away from the actual live performances on Sunday night.

This shift away from the live-tv broadcast, is however an intentional consequence by EBU. Sand: “We also broadcast the show online, and we want to engage online viewers already before the contest. Voting is a way to do that.”

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23
November
2017

Australia: Isabella Clarke’s vocals almost too good to be true

Australia: Isabella Clarke’s vocals almost too good to be true

Australia’s second rehearsal today led to much debate in the press center. The question was whether the vocals we heard, were actually live or not. Stephanie Werrett, Head of Delegation for Australia, answerred the question at the press conference. “We used a backing track on one or two runthroughs, but the majority was live.”

“If you could not tell the difference, then that is good news for us!” Werrett added, with a smile on her face. Isabella then stated that she plans to stay humble until the very end. Her only focus is on the performance, and on the happiness that she and her girls feel when they are on the stage.

Visual choices

There was plenty of reason for Werrett to smile, because Clarke’s rehearsal did not only go well vocally. The shot choices worked out too. Had the Aussies been trying out many different things at the first rehearsal, today they were determined in what they wanted to do.

The first 6 seconds show each of the backing singers one by one. Then Isabella comes in the shot, with her back to the audience. After that, there is a lot of movement on stage, but the camera men run across with the girls to capture it well. The ending on the catwalk is shot from very closeby.

Watch the full Australian press conference by Isabella Clarke below:

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23
November
2017

Tbilisi 2017: Liveblog of Day 4

Tbilisi 2017: Liveblog of Day 4

On Day 4 in Tbilisi, we’ll get started on the second round of rehearsals. Australia takes the stage for the second time with Isabella Clarke! Team ESCDaily will also follow favorite Belarus and all the other countries closely in this liveblog.

In the following blog, you can find the latest JESC news from Tbilisi with the newest update appearing on top. For in-depth rehearsal coverage, check our rehearsal blog.

Times are displayed in CET. Photocredits belong to EBU (Thomas Hanses).

14:16 – End of the blog

We’re heading out to do some editing of the materials. Stay tuned to ESCDaily for interviews with Muireann from Ireland and Nicole from Cyprus!

13:39 – Watch the full Australian press conference here

13:07 – Albania cancelled

No Albanian rehearsal today, nor their press conference, due to technical difficulties. It means the official program for today is over.

13:01 – Steph Werrett confirms: Izzy was singing live

At the press conference, the Australian HoD confirms that Isabella was singing live for most of the runthroughs. “We were using a backing tape for the second runthrough, in order to save her voice, but the rest of it was live. It’s great that you apparently can’t tell the difference!”

12:56 – Still no Albania on stage

We’re waiting for the program to continue while we’re also still very much enjoying the positive feeling after Isabella’s rehearsal!

12:41 – Ani follows Armenian press conference

The question is whether Misha speaks English. But even if he’s not – Ani will be able to understand him, as she herself is Armenian.

12:34 – Technical issues

Albania has had half a runthrough and then, the clock stops. The Georgian crew has some technical issues.

12:12 – Video for Armenia

Here’s Misha singing “Boomerang” live in Tbilisi:

12:00 – Albania last up

The team will focus on the Australian press conference which happens at the same time. We do not expect many changes to the Albanian rehearsal compared to the first round, which was already solid.

11:53 – Armenia not confident

Misha can’t seem to feel confident on the stage. Whether it is the hoverboard, or the boomerang, or simply the big arena in front of him. He does not look, nor sound comfortable on stage.

11:41 – Videos for Australia

We taped several runthroughs for you. Check them out below:


11:35 – IT’S LIVE

In the last runthrough, we hear Isabella gasping for air one small moment. Just enough to prove to everyone around that this is indeed a live performance. Stunning.

11:29 – Canoo in the Aussie postcard

Isabella stands on a bridge while canoos come through a beautiful Georgian river.

11:20 – Too good to be true?

The great vocals of Isabella throughout every runthrough now raise questions in the press center: is she singing live, or are the Australians using a tape to focus on camera shots? Obviously, using a tape is allowed during rehearsals. But if this IS live, than Isabella’s performance really is overwhelmingly good.

11:03 – Isabella pitch perfect

Australia is on stage! Isabella’s vocals were hard to judge from the press center during round one, but today we hear her impressive voice echo through the arena. The delegation has made its decision regarding camera work and all ingredients are now there for a top result.

10:54 – Helena recovering vocally

In later runthroughs, vocals are stronger for Belarus again.

10:36 – Video for Belarus available

10:29 – Something about those vocals

Belarus still looks amazing, but does not sound as strong as in the previous performance. Is Helena holding back, or did she catch a cold? The difference is too big to be a simple coincidence.

10:18 – Purple cape

Helena’s purple cape looks almost attached to the purple colours in the backdrop. Visuals for Belarus are still great.

10:04 – Belarus & Australia, top favorites preparing

Earlier this week, we reported that the two upcoming countries (Australia and Belarus) were the winners of the day. Now they’re ready for their second rehearsal in Tbilisi.

09:39 – Preparing for EBU interview

We’ve been invited to speak to the EBU about any organizational issues of the contest. I can’t go into too much detail just yet, but stay tuned for the video later this week!

09:19 – Lunch break

We’re counting down until after the break, when it’s Isabella’s turn for the second Australian rehearsal!

09:11 – Snow

If you like mismatches, you are gonna love Cyprus’ postcard: it has a lot of snow in it!

09:06 – Check out Nicole’s second rehearsal

08:58 – Filming downstairs

Ani is downstairs to film, while I’m working on our interview with Ireland’s Muireann.

08:47 – Act strong, vocals weak

The Cypriotic delegation has managed to find a solution for the tall, slightly stiff performer they have for this upbeat song: Nicole stands still on the catwalk but is shot in quick camera changes between her and the backing dancers on the main stage. It works, visually, but vocals are weak in the verses.

08:41 – Cyprus last up before the break

We did not see the Macedonian postcard, but the Irish one again. It means, however, that the Macedonian rehearsal is over and Cyprus is up next.

08:34 – Macedonia’s rehearsal

Check out for yourself: Mina Blazev – Dancing through Life.

08:30 – That’s what rehearsals are for

And in runthrough 3, the shots work out.

08:22 – Only two runthroughs for Macedonia

Some of the distorted camera shots (during chorus) were flipped today from two days ago, and the delegation takes its time to talk to the crew.

08:08 – Confusion: where does the press go?

Volunteers try to show us the way to the arena, where we can film rehearsals. It all goes down in a jovial yet chaotic Georgian way.

07:59 – Postcards

We get to see every country’s postcard for the first time. There were two traditional dancers in Georgia’s postcard.

07:46 – Video for Georgia online

Check out Grigol Kipshidze’s first rehearsal HERE.

07:36 – Moon backdrop for Georgia

Grigol is still vocally sound in his first runthrough of the second rehearsal round. Video coming up soon!

07:22 – Check out the Irish rehearsal

07:19 – Atmospheric camerashots

The camerawork is strong, not too many wide-shots, but pans of the stage portraying Muireann to the atmospheric backdrop.

07:05 – Official outfit?

After the casual t-shirt in rehearsal round 1, Muireann now wears a short-sleeved black dress with randomized stripes. Vocals are better today than in round 1.

06:57 – Reversed order

Rehearsals were in alphabetical order the first two days, but today and tomorrow, they will be reversed. It means that Australia is on only after the break and we’ll start with Ireland.

06:51 – Welcome to day 4

Team ESCDaily has set up camp at the Olympic Palace. We are ready for Isabella and seven other artists to take the stage today!

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23
November
2017

Muireann McDonnell: “You have to show everyone the real you”

Muireann McDonnell: “You have to show everyone the real you”

Muireann McDonnell certainly is one of the most unique personalities in this year’s Junior Eurovision. The Irish representative is completely herself on stage, no matter what people say. “You have to show everyone the real you.”

“This is not about making it big, or becoming famous. This is about the experience. I learn something from this, every day, and that’s what I take with me when I go home.”

Whether she does make it big in JESC 2017 or not, we do not know. However, Muireann did have a great second rehearsal with strong vocals, and a nice indie vibe to her performance.

Check out the full interview with Muireann McDonnell below:

Muireann had the chance to do some sightseeing in Tbilisi already. “We went out, we went to a restaurant actually. I tried some Georgian food and it was delicious. I just don’t know how to pronounce it anymore…”

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23
November
2017

Live: Albania cancelled, rehearsal day over

Live: Albania cancelled, rehearsal day over

On Day 4 in Tbilisi, we’ll get started on the second round of rehearsals. Australia takes the stage for the second time with Isabella Clarke! Team ESCDaily will also follow favorite Belarus and all the other countries closely in this liveblog.

In the following blog, you can find the latest JESC news from Tbilisi with the newest update appearing on top. For in-depth rehearsal coverage, check our rehearsal blog.

Times are displayed in CET. Photocredits belong to EBU (Thomas Hanses).

14:16 – End of the blog

We’re heading out to do some editing of the materials. Stay tuned to ESCDaily for interviews with Muireann from Ireland and Nicole from Cyprus!

13:39 – Watch the full Australian press conference here

13:07 – Albania cancelled

No Albanian rehearsal today, nor their press conference, due to technical difficulties. It means the official program for today is over.

13:01 – Steph Werrett confirms: Izzy was singing live

At the press conference, the Australian HoD confirms that Isabella was singing live for most of the runthroughs. “We were using a backing tape for the second runthrough, in order to save her voice, but the rest of it was live. It’s great that you apparently can’t tell the difference!”

12:56 – Still no Albania on stage

We’re waiting for the program to continue while we’re also still very much enjoying the positive feeling after Isabella’s rehearsal!

12:41 – Ani follows Armenian press conference

The question is whether Misha speaks English. But even if he’s not – Ani will be able to understand him, as she herself is Armenian.

12:34 – Technical issues

Albania has had half a runthrough and then, the clock stops. The Georgian crew has some technical issues.

12:12 – Video for Armenia

Here’s Misha singing “Boomerang” live in Tbilisi:

12:00 – Albania last up

The team will focus on the Australian press conference which happens at the same time. We do not expect many changes to the Albanian rehearsal compared to the first round, which was already solid.

11:53 – Armenia not confident

Misha can’t seem to feel confident on the stage. Whether it is the hoverboard, or the boomerang, or simply the big arena in front of him. He does not look, nor sound comfortable on stage.

11:41 – Videos for Australia

We taped several runthroughs for you. Check them out below:


11:35 – IT’S LIVE

In the last runthrough, we hear Isabella gasping for air one small moment. Just enough to prove to everyone around that this is indeed a live performance. Stunning.

11:29 – Canoo in the Aussie postcard

Isabella stands on a bridge while canoos come through a beautiful Georgian river.

11:20 – Too good to be true?

The great vocals of Isabella throughout every runthrough now raise questions in the press center: is she singing live, or are the Australians using a tape to focus on camera shots? Obviously, using a tape is allowed during rehearsals. But if this IS live, than Isabella’s performance really is overwhelmingly good.

11:03 – Isabella pitch perfect

Australia is on stage! Isabella’s vocals were hard to judge from the press center during round one, but today we hear her impressive voice echo through the arena. The delegation has made its decision regarding camera work and all ingredients are now there for a top result.

10:54 – Helena recovering vocally

In later runthroughs, vocals are stronger for Belarus again.

10:36 – Video for Belarus available

10:29 – Something about those vocals

Belarus still looks amazing, but does not sound as strong as in the previous performance. Is Helena holding back, or did she catch a cold? The difference is too big to be a simple coincidence.

10:18 – Purple cape

Helena’s purple cape looks almost attached to the purple colours in the backdrop. Visuals for Belarus are still great.

10:04 – Belarus & Australia, top favorites preparing

Earlier this week, we reported that the two upcoming countries (Australia and Belarus) were the winners of the day. Now they’re ready for their second rehearsal in Tbilisi.

09:39 – Preparing for EBU interview

We’ve been invited to speak to the EBU about any organizational issues of the contest. I can’t go into too much detail just yet, but stay tuned for the video later this week!

09:19 – Lunch break

We’re counting down until after the break, when it’s Isabella’s turn for the second Australian rehearsal!

09:11 – Snow

If you like mismatches, you are gonna love Cyprus’ postcard: it has a lot of snow in it!

09:06 – Check out Nicole’s second rehearsal

08:58 – Filming downstairs

Ani is downstairs to film, while I’m working on our interview with Ireland’s Muireann.

08:47 – Act strong, vocals weak

The Cypriotic delegation has managed to find a solution for the tall, slightly stiff performer they have for this upbeat song: Nicole stands still on the catwalk but is shot in quick camera changes between her and the backing dancers on the main stage. It works, visually, but vocals are weak in the verses.

08:41 – Cyprus last up before the break

We did not see the Macedonian postcard, but the Irish one again. It means, however, that the Macedonian rehearsal is over and Cyprus is up next.

08:34 – Macedonia’s rehearsal

Check out for yourself: Mina Blazev – Dancing through Life.

08:30 – That’s what rehearsals are for

And in runthrough 3, the shots work out.

08:22 – Only two runthroughs for Macedonia

Some of the distorted camera shots (during chorus) were flipped today from two days ago, and the delegation takes its time to talk to the crew.

08:08 – Confusion: where does the press go?

Volunteers try to show us the way to the arena, where we can film rehearsals. It all goes down in a jovial yet chaotic Georgian way.

07:59 – Postcards

We get to see every country’s postcard for the first time. There were two traditional dancers in Georgia’s postcard.

07:46 – Video for Georgia online

Check out Grigol Kipshidze’s first rehearsal HERE.

07:36 – Moon backdrop for Georgia

Grigol is still vocally sound in his first runthrough of the second rehearsal round. Video coming up soon!

07:22 – Check out the Irish rehearsal

07:19 – Atmospheric camerashots

The camerawork is strong, not too many wide-shots, but pans of the stage portraying Muireann to the atmospheric backdrop.

07:05 – Official outfit?

After the casual t-shirt in rehearsal round 1, Muireann now wears a short-sleeved black dress with randomized stripes. Vocals are better today than in round 1.

06:57 – Reversed order

Rehearsals were in alphabetical order the first two days, but today and tomorrow, they will be reversed. It means that Australia is on only after the break and we’ll start with Ireland.

06:51 – Welcome to day 4

Team ESCDaily has set up camp at the Olympic Palace. We are ready for Isabella and seven other artists to take the stage today!

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