Many young artists who have taken part in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest have high hopes of participating in Eurovision one day. But at the moment, there have been only four Junior Eurovision acts who have gone on to be a part of Eurovision. Let’s delve in and take a look at them!
The first Junior Eurovision artist who participated in Eurovision was Nevena Božović from Serbia. She was the first artist who took part in both contests, and in total, she has appeared three times at a Eurovision-related event. She received third place in the Junior Eurovision final of 2007 with her ballad “Piši Mi” (Write To Me). A few years later, in 2013, Nevena was part of the group Moje 3, but their powerful entry “Ljubav Je Svuda” couldn’t reach the final. But that didn’t deter Nevena as she came back in 2019 as a soloist with her song “Kruna“, where she ended up in 18th place in the grand final.
Next to join the Eurovision family are the Tolmachevy Sisters from Russia. The twin sisters were very successful in Junior Eurovision 2006 in Bucharest, Romania, where they brought Russia their first Junior Eurovision win with “Vesenniy Jazz” (Spring Jazz). In 2014, they finished in 7th place in the final with their song “Shine”.
The Netherlands also have successful artists who participated in both contests, namely O’G3NE. I’m sure many will remember them participating in the Eurovision 2017, where they finished 11th in the grand final with their song “Lights and Shadows”. But they already competed in Junior Eurovision 2007 as Lisa, Amy & Shelley with the song “Adem in, Adem uit“ (Breathe In, Breathe Out).
Michele Perniola and Anita Simoncini are our last acts who have participated in both contests. The youngest Eurovision duo ever participated for San Marino in Eurovision 2015 in Vienna. But unfortunatley, they only managed to reach the penultimate place in the semi final.
Michele Perniola finished in 10th place in Junior Eurovision 2013 as a solo artist with his song “O-o-O Sole Intorno a Me“, whilst Anita Simoncini finished in 15th place in Junior Eurovision 2014 as part of the girlband The Peppermints and their song “Breaking My Heart”
However, both of these artists have achieved something special; Anita Simoncini is the only artist to join Junior Eurovision and Eurovision in successive years, whilst Michele Perniola, is the only male candidate so far ever to make it onto both stages.
Alongside these four acts, there will be two more artists joining the list of Junior Eurovision participants going on to Eurovision. In Eurovision 2021 in Rotterdam, Stefania and Destiny, who have both already participated in Junior Eurovision, will take to the Eurovision stage.
Stefania was in Junior Eurovision 2016 as part of the girl group Kisses. She participated for her home country the Netherlands with the song “Kisses ‘n’ Dancing”, but will compete for Greece in Eurovision next year. Destiny Chukunyere from Malta won Junior Eurovision 2015 with the song “Not my Soul“. She will be the first Junior Eurovision winner to grace the Eurovision stage.
In closing, it is also worth mentioning Monica Avanesyan. She sang “Choco Factory” for Armenia in Junior Eurovision 2013 in Kiev. Three years later, she joined Iveta at Eurovision 2016 in Stockholm as a backing vocalist.
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