Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2004

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Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2004
JESC 2004 logo.svg
Final20 November 2004
VenueHåkons Hall, Lillehammer, Norway
Presenter(s)Stian Barsnes Simonsen
Nadia Hasnaoui
Directed byGitte Calmeyer
Executive supervisorSvante Stockselius
Executive producerIvar Ragne Jensen
Host broadcasterNorwegian Broadcasting Corporation (NRK)
Opening actFlag parade introducing the 18 participating countries
Interval actWestlife performing "Ain't That a Kick in the Head?"
Websitejunioreurovision.tv/event/lillehammer-2004 Edit this at Wikidata
Number of entries18
Debuting countries France
Non-returning countriesNone
Voting systemEach country awards 1–8, 10, and 12 points to their 10 favourite songs
Nul pointsNone
Winning song Spain
"Antes muerta que sencilla"

The Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2004 was the second edition of the annual Junior Eurovision Song Contest for young singers aged eight to fifteen. It was held on 20 November 2004, in Håkons Hall, Lillehammer, Norway and lasted 2 hours and 15 minutes. It was presented by Stian Barsnes Simonsen and Nadia Hasnaoui, broadcast in twenty countries and viewed by 100 million people. Eighteen countries participated, France and Switzerland participated for the first time.

The contest was won by 9-year-old María Isabel who represented Spain with her song "Antes muerta que sencilla" (Better Dead Than Plain) from her debut album ¡No me toques las palmas que me conozco! which was released before the contest. Dino Jelusić, who won the 2003 contest for Croatia, presented the award to María. Since then, Isabel has entered the charts in not only Spain but France, Italy, Scandinavia, Latin America and has gone on to release further albums in her home country.

Greece, who came ninth received more sets of twelve points than the United Kingdom, who came second. France, who came sixth, were voted by all the other countries that took part, which is more than the number of countries that voted for Romania, who came fourth and Croatia, who came third.

Incidentally, the same three countries occupied the top three places as last year, just in a different order. These three countries were Spain, the United Kingdom, and Croatia.

Origins and history[edit]

The origins of the contest date back to 2000 when Danmarks Radio held a song contest for Danish children that year and the following year.[1][2] The idea was extended to a Scandinavian song festival in 2002, MGP Nordic, with Denmark, Norway and Sweden as participants.[3][4] In November 2002, the EBU picked up the idea for a song contest featuring children and opened the competition to all EBU member broadcasters making it a pan-European event. The working title of the programme was "Eurovision Song Contest for Children",[5] branded with the name of the EBU's already long-running and popular song competition, the Eurovision Song Contest. Denmark was asked to host the first programme that took place the following year after their experience with their own contests and the MGP Nordic.[6]


Locations of the bidding countries. Countries which withdrew from hosting are marked in red. The chosen host country is marked in blue.

Host city selection[edit]

Norway was the third country of choice for this contest as the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) had, in May 2003, originally chosen broadcaster ITV of the United Kingdom to host the event.[7] Shortly after the first contest in Copenhagen, it was confirmed that the next edition would be held in Manchester on 20 November 2004.[8] However, ITV pulled out in May 2004 due to finance and scheduling problems.[9] In August 2004, it was revealed that Granada Television, who would have co-produced the show with Carlton Television, had decided to pull out of the deal claiming the allocated budget of 1.5 million euros was too small. The EBU offered funding of 900,000 to produce the event, but the ITV company said it would have cost almost 2.5 million euro so asked them to find a new host broadcaster.[10] It is also thought that another factor to their decision was the previous years' audience ratings for ITV which were below the expected amount.[11]

The venue was therefore moved to Croatia, the winning country of 2003,[12] but the Croatian broadcaster HRT reportedly forgot that the prospective venue for the event was already booked for the period the Junior Eurovision Song Contest was to take place.[13] It was at this point, with five months remaining until the event would be held, that Norwegian broadcaster NRK offered to organise the next contest.[13]


Håkons Hall, Lillehammer. Venue of the 2004 Junior Eurovision Song Contest.

Håkons Hall, sometimes anglicized as Håkon Hall and Haakons Hall, is an arena located at Stampesletta in Lillehammer, Norway, built for the 1994 Winter Olympics. With a spectator capacity of 11,500 people, it is the largest handball and ice hockey venue in the country.

Håkons Hall is regularly used for handball and ice hockey tournaments, concerts, exhibitions, conferences and banquets. The venue is owned by Lillehammer Municipality via the subsidiary Lillehammer Olympiapark, which owns all the Olympic venues in Lillehammer. The Norwegian Olympic Museum is located in the arena, which is located next to the smaller Kristins Hall. The hall was opened on 1 February 1993 having cost 238 million Norwegian krone (NOK).


Visual design[edit]

On 2 September 2004, host broadcaster NRK presented the official logo of the contest.[14] The theme of the show was later confirmed as bright Nordic winter nights, sparkling stars and snow crystals, set in a hip-hop atmosphere.[15]


On 23 September 2004, it was announced that Nadia Hasnaoui and Stian Barsnes Simonsen would host the contest. The hosting couple also led the final of national qualifying rounds to the competition, Melodi Grand Prix Junior 2004 on 12 June.[16]

Running order[edit]

The draw for the running order of the contest was held on 14 October, with Greece drawn to open the contest for a second time and Romania drawn to close.[17]


All countries used televoting to decide on their top ten. In normal Eurovision fashion, each country's favourite song was given 12 points, their second favourite 10, and their third to tenth favourites were given 8–1 points.

Opening and interval acts[edit]

On television, the show opened with the usual EBU ident and fanfare, followed by a placard of a starry night sky with suspensful music and the NRK logo in the middle of the card. The "JESC singing girl" would then zoom into the screen on a snowboard with the JESC 2004 logo on the bottom, and trailing behind the board would be stars. The singing girl would then hover towards a rotating disco ball, and as the camera would move closer, the words "JUNIOR EUROVISION SONG CONTEST - LILLEHAMMER 2004" would also start rotating. During this time, a person would start rapping the word "JESC" over and over again, then the placard would give way to a ceiling shot of the arena.

After the flag parade, the hosts, Stian and Nadia were to land on the stage from a snowboard. Stian landed on the left hand side of the stage, but when Nadia came through, she 'accidentally' crash-landed behind the stage. She emerged a few minutes later in comedic style coughing, but no bodily injuries were seen. Nonetheless, when she came out, the audience continued cheering and the show proceeded like it was supposed to.

The camera angle would then switch, this time to a camera positioned in the audience of the arena, where all the participants would walk through in a first ever Eurovision-related flag parade. In future editions, the flag parade would occur on the stage of the arena.

During a ten-minute break for televoting,[18] boy band Westlife performed "Ain't That a Kick in the Head?" live on stage as the interval act.[19]

Participating countries[edit]

Originally twenty countries had applied to take part but Germany and Israel later pulled out.[20] There were also reports that Ireland had planned to enter the programme.[21] Israel, Ireland and Germany would later debut in the contest in 2012, 2015 and 2020 respectively.

This was the last contest that Poland and France took part in before their withdrawal in 2005. They would miss the contest for 12 and 14 years until 2016 and 2018 respectively, when they announced their return.[22]


Draw Country Artist Song Language Place Points
01  Greece Secret Band "O palios mou eaftos" (Ο παλιός μου εαυτός) Greek 9 48
02  Malta Young Talent Team "Power of a Song" English 12 14
03  Netherlands Klaartje & Nicky "Hij is een kei" Dutch 11 27
04   Switzerland Demis Mirarchi "Birichino" Italian 16 4
05  Norway @lek "En stjerne skal jeg bli" Norwegian 13 12
06  France Thomas Pontier "Si on voulait bien" French 6 78
07  Macedonia Martina Siljanovska "Zabava" (Забава) Macedonian 7 64
08  Poland KWADro "Łap życie" Polish 17 3
09 Cyprus Cyprus Marios Tofi "Onira" (Όνειρα) Greek 8 61
10 Belarus Belarus Egor Volchek "Spiavajcie so mnoj" (Спявайце со мной) Belarusian 14 9
11  Croatia Nika Turković "Hej mali" Croatian 3 126
12  Latvia Mārtiņš Tālbergs and C-Stones Juniors "Balts vai melns" Latvian 17 3
13  United Kingdom Cory Spedding "The Best Is Yet to Come" English 2 140
14  Denmark Cool Kids "Pigen er min" Danish 5 116
15  Spain María Isabel "Antes muerta que sencilla" Spanish 1 171
16  Sweden Limelights "Varför jag?" Swedish 15 8
17  Belgium Free Spirits "Accroche-toi" French 10 37
18  Romania Noni Răzvan Ene "Îți mulțumesc" Romanian 4 123


Total score
United Kingdom
Greece 48 12 1 2 1 3 12 3 5 1 2 6
Malta 14 2 3 4 4 1
Netherlands 27 3 3 1 1 3 1 5 2 1 7
Switzerland 4 4
Norway 12 7 5
France 78 6 1 5 6 2 2 4 4 6 4 7 2 6 8 4 8 3
Macedonia 64 6 6 5 5 4 5 3 8 3 3 5 3 3 3 2
Poland 3 2 1
Cyprus 61 12 8 3 1 6 4 5 2 8 1 5 1 5
Belarus 9 1 3 1 4
Croatia 126 4 8 8 10 8 12 7 6 8 8 12 8 6 8 6 7
Latvia 3 2 1
United Kingdom 140 5 10 12 7 6 6 5 10 5 10 7 10 10 10 7 10 10
Denmark 116 7 5 7 3 12 5 8 8 7 5 6 4 10 7 10 4 8
Spain 171 10 7 10 12 8 12 10 12 10 7 12 6 7 12 12 12 12
Sweden 8 4 1 3
Belgium 37 3 4 4 7 4 2 2 2 2 1 4 2
Romania 123 8 2 10 7 10 7 6 8 12 10 12 6 2 12 6 5

12 points[edit]

Below is a summary of the maximum 12 points each country awarded to another:

N. Contestant Voting nation
8 Spain Belgium, Croatia, Denmark, France, Poland, Romania, Sweden, Switzerland
3 Romania Belarus, Latvia, Spain
2 Croatia Macedonia, United Kingdom
Greece Cyprus, Malta
1 Cyprus Greece
Denmark Norway
United Kingdom Netherlands

International broadcasts and voting[edit]

Voting and spokespersons[edit]


Participating countries[edit]

Non-participating countries[edit]

Other countries[edit]

For a country to be eligible for potential participation in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest, it needs to be an active member of the EBU. It is currently unknown whether the EBU issue invitations of participation to all 56 active members like they do for the Eurovision Song Contest.

  •  Germany – After failing to debut last year, German broadcaster Norddeutscher Rundfunk (NDR) said they would debut at this year's contest. However, plans never came to fruition and they ended up pulling out before the contest.[20] Germany would later choose to participate in the Junior Eurovision 2020 contest.
  •  Ireland – Irish television was reported to have received an invitation to participate in the 2004 contest and were among the 20 countries expected to take part in Manchester. However, in the end Ireland did not debut and would stay out of the spotlight until 2015.[21]
  •  Israel – The Israeli Broadcasting Authority (IBA) initially planned to debut at this year's contest but the debut never happened. Israel and the IBA would not debut until 2012.[21]

Official album[edit]

Junior Eurovision Song Contest Lillehammer '04
JESC 2004 album cover.jpg
Compilation album by
ReleasedNovember 2004
Junior Eurovision Song Contest chronology
Junior Eurovision Song Contest Copenhagen 2003
Junior Eurovision Song Contest Lillehammer '04
Junior Eurovision Song Contest - 05

Junior Eurovision Song Contest Lillehammer '04, is a compilation album put together by the European Broadcasting Union, and was released by Universal Music Group on November 2004. The album features all the songs from the 2004 contest.[26]

See also[edit]


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  2. ^ "IMDB: de unges melodi grand prix 2001". IMDb. 1 May 2001. Retrieved 3 May 2008.
  3. ^ "IMDB: MGP Nordic 2002". IMDb. 1 December 2002. Retrieved 3 May 2008.
  4. ^ "MGP Nordic 2002". esconnet.dk (in Danish). 27 April 2002. Archived from the original on 25 October 2007. Retrieved 3 May 2008.
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  8. ^ "Confirmation of Manchester as original host". web.archive.org. 4 October 2012.
  9. ^ "'Junior contest not to take place in Manchester.'". Retrieved 20 July 2020.
  10. ^ "Eurovision United Kingdom: EBU junior budget too small - ESCToday.com". 24 August 2004. Retrieved 15 October 2020.
  11. ^ Cozens, Claire (17 November 2003). "JESC UK ratings". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 3 May 2008.
  12. ^ "Junior 2004 in Croatia! (update)". 5 September 2004. Archived from the original on 5 September 2004. Retrieved 26 June 2019.
  13. ^ a b "Junior contest moves to Norway". 16 November 2004. Archived from the original on 16 November 2004. Retrieved 26 June 2019.
  14. ^ "NRK revealed Junior 2004 logo". ESCToday.com. 2 September 2004. Retrieved 30 March 2020.
  15. ^ "Junior theme: 'bright Nordic winter nights'". ESCToday.com. 14 October 2004. Retrieved 30 March 2020.
  16. ^ "Nadia and Stian to host Junior 2004". ESCToday.com. 23 September 2004. Retrieved 30 March 2020.
  17. ^ "Junior: this is the running order…". ESCToday.com. 14 October 2004. Retrieved 30 March 2020.
  18. ^ "Tonight in Lillehammer: 10 minutes televoting". ESCToday.com. 20 November 2004. Retrieved 30 March 2020.
  19. ^ "Boyband Westlife to perform at Junior 2004". ESCToday.com. 3 November 2004. Retrieved 30 March 2020.
  20. ^ a b "'Germany withdraws from Junior Eurovision Song Contest'". Archived from the original on 28 June 2008.
  21. ^ a b c "Information on Irish plans to participate". Archived from the original on 16 November 2004. Retrieved 26 June 2019.
  22. ^ Granger, Anthony (3 July 2016). "Poland returns to the Junior Eurovision Song Contest". Eurovoix.
  23. ^ "Šodien Lillehammerē notiek otrais Eirovīzijas bērnu dziesmu konkursa fināls". delfi.tv. 20 November 2004. Retrieved 29 July 2018.
  24. ^ "Junior Eurovision Song Contest". UKGameshows. Retrieved 12 August 2012.
  25. ^ "Laste Eurovisiooni lauluvõistluse võit läks Hispaaniasse". Eesti Päevaleht. 22 November 2004. Retrieved 2 June 2020.
  26. ^ "Various - Junior Eurovision Song Contest Lillehammer '04". Discogs. Retrieved 20 July 2020.

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