The very first edition of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest took place in 2003. Many of the participants and former winners are now eligible to participate in the adult version of the event, the Eurovision Song Contest. Today we look back at some of the cross-over stars that have emerged from Junior Eurovision.
Since 2014 the winners of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest have made guest appearances at the Eurovision Song Contest however in order to participate, all performers much be aged 16 or older. Over the years several young singers have made the leap from the Junior Eurovision Song Contest to the Eurovision Song Contest itself, with mixed fortunes. Let's look back at those cross-over artists:
Russia won the 2006 Junior Eurovision Song Contest with the song Vesenniy Jazz (Spring Jazz) performed the the Tolmachevy Sisters. The twins were the opening act of the first Semi-Final of the Eurovision Song Contest in Moscow in 2009 and in 2014 represented Russia in the Eurovision Song Contest where they came 7th with the song Shine.
Michele Perniola represented San Marino in the 2013 Junior Eurovision Song Contest and went on to represent the country again in the 2015 Eurovision Song Contest alongside Anita Simoncini who represented San Marino in the 2014 Junior Eurovision Song Contest. The duo performed Chain of Lights which failed to qualify for the Grand Final in Vienna.
Nevena Božović competed in the 2007 Junior Eurovision Song Contest for Serbia and represented the country again in the 2013 Eurovision Song Contest as part of the group Moje 3 and the song Ljubav je svuda. Like Michele and Anita for San Marino, the group failed to qualify for the Grand Final in Malmö.
Other Junior Eurovision participants have participated in the Eurovision Song Contest as a backing singer. Poland's Weronika Bochat participated in Junior Eurovision in 2004 and returned as a backing vocalist for Marcin Mroziński in 2010. Monica, who represented Armenia in the 2008 edition of Junior Eurovision was in Stockholm earlier this year where she competed in the Eurovision Song Contest as a backing singer for Iveta Mukuchyan and her song LoveWave.
Who knows which star of the future may emerge from the 2016 Junior Eurovision Song Contest?
The 2016 Junior Eurovision Song Contest takes place on Sunday 20th November 2016. Visit the website for more information.