It's less than one month until the 13th Junior Eurovision Song Contest takes place at the Arena Amreec in Sofia, Bulgaria. While we wait impatiently for the 21st of November to come, Eurovision.tv introduces a series of articles to take a look at the participants of the 2015 edition, the Super 17. In this "Part One" we start the countdown previewing the entries of Albania, Armenia, Australia and Belarus.
Albania comes back to the Junior Eurovision Song Contest after a two year hiatus since their debut in 2012. They've chosen the 14 year-old girl Mishela Rapo from Tirana who tried to represent her country already three years ago. Back in May she won the 51st Children’s Festival in Tirana that now takes her to the Junior Eurovision stage in Sofia with a song about universal peace and unity called Dambaje:
impressive record at the Junior Eurovision Song Contest: they always finished in the Top 8 since their debut in 2007, won the competition in 2010 with Vladimir Arzumanyan's Mama and hosted in Yerevan the year after that. Last year they finished 3rd with Betty's People Of The Sun and this year they bring us MIKA. He already won the ticket to represent Armenia in 2012 with the Compass Band but couldn't make it to Amsterdam as he was not old enough, according to the Junior rules. Now, at age 12, MIKA is an experienced performer who will take his happy song about Love to Bulgaria:
their debut at the 2015 Eurovision Song Contest in Vienna, Australia also accepted an invitation to participate in Junior Eurovision for the first time this year. They will do so with Bella Paige, 14, from Melbourne and Macedonian origin. Bella was the runner-up of the first edition of The Voice Kids Australia where she met Australian superstar Delta Goodrem. Delta now co-writes what is, not only Bella's debut single but also her song for Sofia, My Girls:
Belarus is one of the original participants of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest and one of the most succesful: they won twice, in 2005 and 2007, and finished seven times in the Top 5 in 12 participations. Trying to secure a third victory for Belarus this year is 13 year-old Ruslan Aslanov, who is not only a singer but a saxophone player as well, and already a winner of prizes and several other accolades in international competitions and festivals. Ruslan will bring some Magic to the stage in Bulgaria with a song he co-wrote hismself, Volshebstvo: