The Junior Eurovision Song Contest started in 2003. The very first edition of the competition was held in Copenhagen, Denmark. 16 countries competed in total and for Belarus, Junior Eurovision 2003 marked the country’s debut in a Eurovision event.
Over the past few years it has been a tradition for the winner of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest to appear during the Eurovision Grand Final.
We have seen several Junior Eurovision artists perform in the Eurovision Song Contest... with mixed fortunes.
Weronika Bochat represented Poland at Junior Eurovision in 2004 and went on to provide backing vocals for her country at Eurovision in 2010. Sadly Poland failed to qualify for the Grand Final that year though.
Young singer Monica represented Armenia in Junior Eurovision in 2008 and provided backing vocals for Iveta Mukuchyan in the Grand Final of Eurovision in Stockholm last year.
Nevena Božović represented Serbia in Junior Eurovision in 2007 and as part of Moje 3 represented Serbia again in the 2013 Eurovision Song Contest, finishing 11th in the first Semi-Final, narrowly missing out on a place in the Grand Final.
Michele Perniola and Anita Simoncini represented San Marino in Junior Eurovision in 2013 and 2014 respectively and in 2015 they teamed up to represent their country at the Eurovision Song Contest in Vienna. Sadly their song Chain Of Lights failed to qualify.
Lisa, Amy and Shelley represented The Netherlands in Junior Eurovision in 2007 and ten years later they entered the Eurovision Song Contest as OG3NE. Their harmonious vocals took The Netherlands to the Grand Final with the very personal Lights and Shadows.
The most successful Junior Eurovision artists are the Tolmachevy Sisters from Russia. The identical twins won Junior Eurovision in 2006 and finished 7th in the Grand Final of Eurovision in 2014 with the song Shine.