16 countries competed in total and for Belarus, Junior Eurovision 2003 marked the country’s debut in a Eurovision event. Contestants participating in the first ever Junior Eurovision Song Contest were aged between eight and fifteen. Two popular UK bands performed during the interval in 2003; Busted and The Sugababes.
It was decided that the country that won the contest would not necessarily host the next contest, in order to reduce the pressure on the contestants. Croatia’s Dino Jelušić, won the 2003 with the song Ti si moja prva ljubav (You Are My First Love). Spain finished second and the United Kingdom came third.