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Our Eurovision Favourites: Junior Eurovision 2021 ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท

Junior Eurovision 2021 is just around the corner! After Valentina won for France with her song ‘J’imagine’, the contest will be hosted in Paris for the first time. The Eurobuzz team have given a listen to this year’s songs and have revealed our favourites below.

  1. Qami Qami’ – Malรฉna – Armenia ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ฒ

Curtis – For me this is the clear winner of this yearโ€™s Junior Eurovision. Pure pop perfection without losing its soul, aka. those Armenian elements weโ€™ve all grown to love. Malรฉna has a long future ahead of her and no doubt she will be a potential contender for Eurovision itself in the years to come. Welcome back, Armenia! What a return!

Honourable mentions:

‘Green Forces’ – Dajte Muzika – North Macedonia ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฐ

‘Stand By You’ – Anna Gjebrea – Albania ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ฑ

‘Saor (Disappear)’ – Maiรบ Levi Lawlor – Ireland ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช

‘One of Those Days’ – Sona Azizova – Azerbaijan ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ฟ

‘Somebody’ – Sara James – Poland ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ฑ

James – Armenia are back and theyโ€™re here to win. ‘Qami Qami’ has multiple elements that make a winning song. Itโ€™s high quality and polished. During the first listen, I was unsure about which direction the song would go in but I was pleasantly surprised. It was almost unexpected. The music video is modern and well-produced, which is always good to see. In terms of the song being child-friendly, it definitely has the appeal for a large group of the audience so I donโ€™t think it will have any problems in the public vote. Malรฉna has a great voice & stage presence and I canโ€™t wait to see her performance on stage on the 19th December.

Honourable mentions:

‘Mon Ami’ – Tanya Mezhentseva – Russia ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ

‘Somebody’ – Sara James – Poland ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ฑ

‘Tic Tac’ – Enzo – France ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท

‘Saor (Disappear)’ – Maiรบ Levi Lawlor – Ireland ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช

‘Vazhil’ – Olena Usenko – Ukraine ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ฆ

MJ – This song is just so slick and contemporary. It’s been living in my head rent-free since I heard it! I feel like it would do really well in an adult Eurovision Song Contest so I’ll be really interested to see how it does in the junior edition.

Honourable mentions:

‘Somebody’ – Sara James – Poland ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ฑ

‘Specchio (Mirror on the Wall)’ – Elisabetta Lizza – Italy ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น

‘Stand By You’ – Anna Gjebrea – Albania ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ฑ

2. ‘Tic Tac’ – Enzo – France ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท

Liv – This song is just pure joy and Enzo seems to be having the most fun in the video. Itโ€™s such a strong host entry and I love how France always manage to create songs for JESC that seem to embody what the contest should be about: children enjoying themselves! I wouldnโ€™t be surprised if this wins; Iโ€™d say itโ€™s the most accessible song for all audiences. Could we be back in France next year? I hope so! Them doing well in both JESC & ESC this year would be great and hopefully will lead to more and more positive results for them in both contests. I wish Enzo the best of luck for JESC this year. Bonne chance, France!

Honourable mentions:

‘Green Forces’ – Dajte Muzika – North Macedonia ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฐ

‘Reรญr’ – Levi Dรญaz – Spain ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ

‘One of Those Days’ – Sona Azizova – Azerbaijan ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ฟ

‘Saor (Disappear)’ – Maiรบ Levi Lawlor – Ireland ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช

3. ‘Saor (Disappear)’ – Maiรบ Levi Lawlor – Ireland ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช

Sophie – I can’t believe we got an Indie dream at JESC! This is done so well and the sound really works with the Irish language. I love that we’re getting something like this at the junior contest. A shout-out to Anna Kearney (JESC Ireland 2019) for her dreamy backing vocals too. Go, Ireland!

Honourable mentions:

‘O Rapaz’ – Simรฃo Oliveira – Portugal ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡น

4. ‘Ertegฤฑ รคlemฤฑ (Fairy World)’ – Alinur & Beknur – Kazakhstan ๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ฟ

Grace – Honestly, I wasnโ€™t expecting Kazakhstan to be my favourite this year after seeing the reception to their entry. However, for me itโ€™s another year where initially they donโ€™t have much hype, I listen and itโ€™s instantly my favourite. Off the bat, Iโ€™m obsessed with the production and the video is really nice as well. Itโ€™s nice seeing their friendship together and I hope their staging highlights that and works well for them. Well done to Kazakhstan again!

Honourable mentions:

‘Green Forces’ – Dajte Muzika – North Macedonia ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฐ

‘Reรญr’ – Levi Dรญaz – Spain ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ

‘Mon Ami’ by Tanya Mezhentseva – Russia ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ

‘Somebody’ – Sara James – Poland ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ฑ

We’re so excited to see these songs performed on 19th December. Every single one is going to bring something unique and different to the Junior Eurovision stage! Good luck to all countries taking part in this year’s contest. No matter the winner, one thing is for sure: it’s going to be a night filled with amazing talent.

What are your favourite Junior Eurovision entries this year? Let us know in the comments!

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