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Junior winners: it was the best experience ever

"A lot has changed with seven years - I play a different kind of music now." Dino, the first ever winner of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest said about the biggest changes after his victory. 

"It's important to start with what you love at an early age. Singing is now my life. Victory helped me to do what I want to do." he added.

Would they change anything?

Their feelings about their performances were very different. "We start our day by reviewing that performance!", the Tolmachevy Twins, who won in 2006, revealed. 

"When I watch the contest I think that I could do better," Ksenia Sitnik, the first Belarusian winner from the 2005 contest said.  She does have her chance now as she'll be the one opening this year's Junior Eurovision Song Contest here in Minsk!

"I wouldn't change anything in my performance!" Dino disagreed. "When I look back I of course see the things that went wrong. It was something special for me what I look back at but I also have to move on and do new things." Ralf, the reigning champion of the contest added.

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Greatest experience ever

"I liked all the things going on there," Ksenia said at the press conference. "I liked all the atmosphere and the stress!" the second Belarusian winner from 2007, Alexey Zhigalkovich, agreed. 

"I also made a lot of friends there!" Ralf told the press. "We have beautiful memories of communication at the contest," the 2008 winners, Bzikebi added.

Everyone likes Minsk, especially the National Library. "Looks like all kids are coming back to reading!" - Maia Barateshvili, the Georgian Head of Delegation noted. "I love Minsk and the people here!" Ralf added.

All of the participants have managed very well at school, despite of being really busy with performing - they all have A-s and B-s at school!