jESC 2004: My opinion (Part I)


After doing a full opinion on a Eurovision Song Contest edition (1979), it’s fair for me to do one for a Junior Eurovision Song Contest edition. And why not doing it for what I view as the best jESC edition ever with the biggest number of participating countries (still a record) ever in a jESC edition?

The EBU logo + the vibrating and colorful dancing with the parade of nations showing up makes it a very good opening. Nadia Hasnaoui (journalist and presenter, she got her first EBU experience that year. In recent years, she’d been involved with ESC: in 2010, she’d one of the co-hosts of the edition held in Oslo, Norway and in the last two years, she’d be the norwegian spokesperson) and Stian Barsnes Simonsen (actor and nowadays a presenter in several shows, which would include two Norwegian ESC NF (Melodi Grand Prix editions in 2006 and 2007) were the hosts of the evening

By the running order, here are my comments of the first 9 songs:

01: Greece – Secret Band – O palios mou eaftos

Once again, Greece started the contest after doing it so in the first year of jESC. This time, the song was miles different from the previous one: a catchy rock song about someone who’s in love with someone but finds it unbearable. The performance was quite convincing, just like the song. In a way, the first two years were great for this country and in the next one, they’d have their best song and placing ever in the contest

02: Malta – Young Talent Team – Power of a song

The group composed of eight members (the maximum, according to the jESC rules at the time as nowadays is six, just like on ESC) singing an energetic and full-of-life song exalting the power of music in our life. Eventhough the choreography had much to be nicely elaborated, it became a visual mess and it wasn’t vocally perfect. Still, it’s a nice song

03: The Netherlands – Klaartje & Nicky – Hij is een kei

Fun, fun, fun: that’s the motto of the song about a boy the girls love. Just like the song, they also were funny during the performance. Overall, it isn’t the best song in the world, but well, does it try to be one? A funny moment also happened during the voting: whenever they got points, they’d whistle so loudly for anyone to hear them

04: Switzerland – Demis Mirarchi – Birichino

The first debutant country in this edition of jESC. Much like the type songs we can hear on Italy‘s most famous children contest, “Zecchino d’Oro”, the song transpired the fact that he was a cheeky boy on its lyrics. Although he defended the song the best he could, both the song and the performance were unbearable and forgettable to watch. Not one bit of the song was really likeable in my opinion

05: Norway – @lek – En stjerne skal jeg bli

The host country sent what was their strongest entry yet and was tipped as a favourite to do pretty well when it’d come to the results announcement. Really solid and strong power catchy entry about the singer’s efforts to become a star, sadly detracted by a bad vocal performance: it was totally painful to hear such a off-key vocals (according to rumours, the bad vocal performance happened because the singer probably reached the age of puberty and couldn’t do the higher notes. If it’s true or not, we’ll never know)

06: France – Thomas – Si on voulait bien

The second and last debutant country in this edition of jESC. Quality music was what they’ve sent for that edition in a stereotypically french way: a catchy “chanson” type of entry about humanity and the person’s reasoning about it. It wasn’t just quality in terms of music, it was also quality in terms of performance: simple but effective, with the cameras delivering well the corkyness of the song. Totally one of the highlights of the night

07: Macedonia – Martina Siljanovska – Zabava

After the failed try of the previous entry, the new formula for the country’s participation in the contest was a lighter and less mature entry. And it works: the song that invites us to dance blended into the joyful and confident performance the singer made. In my opinion, though, it’s so-so: the entry itself is quite annoying at times, but it’s not unbearable

08: Poland – KWADro – Łap życie

The previous year was to forget and sadly this edition would be another one to forget, eventhough the song about life was an improvement over Poland‘s uninteresting jazzy entry of 2003. Composed by four girls, they tried the best they could to save the song from being totally forgotten, but it didn’t sadly work out for them. Trivia: one of the members of the group, Weroniką Bochat, would be a chorist for Marcin in ESC 2010

09: Cyprus – Marios Tofi – Onira

On ESC 2004, Sakis Rouvas represented Greece with “Shake it”, a ethno-pop entry. On jESC 2004, we find quite a few similiarities on Cyprus that year as they unintentionally sent a derivated formula of it: infectuous ethno-pop melody, contagious choreography and a metaphoric charisma on both vocal and visual terms. There’s one difference: “Shake it” was, in my opinion, a turd of a song. “Onira” is a better concieved try at ethno-pop that can be really enjoyable. In a future time, he would try to go to ESC in 2006 with the catchy entry “Congratulations”, something that he almost managed to do if it wasn’t for Annet(te) Artani winning the Cypriot ESC NF with the ballad “Why angels cry?”

This ends the first part of my opinion about jESC 2004. Soon, the 2nd part will be posted. But here’s the video of the jESC 2004 opening:

Thank you,

LAboy 456
(Rui Craveiro)


Posted on 5 de July de 2012, in Junior Eurovision Song Contest. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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