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It’s Junior Eurovision Time! Written by on November 29, 2011

Join Sharleen, Steven and Ewan (and the rest of the Eurovision family) as we bring you all the news, insights, thoughts and commentary from Armenia and this year’s Junior Eurovision Song Contest.

The ESC Insight coverage from Junior Eurovision is already underway, but you can join in here, keep up to date, or maybe explore Junior Eurovision for the first time.

The unofficial guide to Junior Eurovision eBook

Find out everything you need to know about the countries and singers taking to the stage, as well as predictions and thoughts from Ewan and Sharleen in our eBook guide to the contest.

Junior Juke Box Jury 2011

The children of Duncan Place judge the performers. Will they mark them as a hit, a misso, or just a maybe in the discussions with host Ewan Spence.

The Daily Chat Show returns

With guests from around the Eurovision world, we’ll talk about the rehearsals, the evening events, the buzz and the fun of Junior Eurovision. Follow the Unofficial Eurovision Podcast online, subscribe to the RSS feed, or find us in iTunes.

All the news and views from Yerevan

With so many reporters on the ground, ESC Insight will pick out the highlights from around the web, as well as throwing in our own opinion. Between Steven’s camera, Sharleen’s keyboard, and Ewan’s microphone, we think you’re going to love how ESC Insight covers Junior Eurovision – the first Junior Eurovision where we’ve been on the ground attending the event.

  • A Beginners Guide To The Junior Eurovision Song Contest.
    With less than a month until Junior Eurovision 2011 we published a quick primer on JESC for those new to one of the biggest Song Contest for young people in the world.
  • Impressions From the First Day.
    It all comes down to this; time for the rehearsals of the the 2011 Junior Eurovision Song Contest. Tuesday 29th November saw all the contestants use the stage for the first run through of sound and camera practice, and ESC Insight was there to see it all. Sharleen brings you an analysis of the highlights and lowlights of the day.
  • A Look Beyond the Songs.
    As the second run-through of the rehearsals in Yerevan kick in, we take a step back from the songs and have a more in-depth look behind the scenes of the show itself. Sharleen examines the expectations, operations and staging that makes Junior Eurovision 2011 tick.
  • The Anticipation Builds.
    Anticipation is running high, both on ground amongst the locals and fans. Sharleen brings you the rundown of what happened on the final day of technical rehearsals and who and what you can expect to see on Saturday.
  • We Have A Winner: It’s Georgia!
    Georgia bounces away from Yerevan as the winner of this years Junior Eurovision Song Contest. In a field where, honestly, not one of the singers put in a poor performance, Candy took a five point lead into this final round, and that was enough to hold off The Netherlands for the win.
  • Gallery: First Rehearsals.
    Want to take a look backstage at the Junior Eurovision 2011 rehearsals? Steven Newby captures the best moments during the first technical rehearsals of the thirteen acts appearing on the Yerevan stage.
  • Gallery: Around the Arena.
    Want to take a look backstage at the Junior Eurovision 2011 rehearsals? Steven Newby and Sharleen Wright focus on capturing the best moments taking place away from the stage.
  • Gallery: Dress Rehearsal.
    Want to get the flavour and excitement of Junior Eurovision 2011 in preparation to watching it on the screens for yourselves on Saturday night?  Here are the latest images, straight from the dress rehearsals.

We’d also like to thank BMI for their support of ESC Insight and the associated sites and content with flights to Yerevan. Thanks to them we can bring you the biggest Junior Eurovision coverage we’ve ever undertaken!

About The Author: Ewan Spence

British Academy (BAFTA) nominated broadcaster and writer Ewan Spence is the voice behind The Unofficial Eurovision Song Contest Podcast and one of the driving forces behind ESC Insight. Having had an online presence since 1994, he is a noted commentator around the intersection of the media, internet, technology, mobility and how it affects us all. Based in Edinburgh, Scotland, his work has appeared on the BBC, The Stage, STV, and The Times. You can follow Ewan on Twitter (@ewan) and Facebook (

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