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Remember the 2005 Junior Eurovision Song Contest?

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The third Junior Eurovision Song Contest was held on the 26th of November 2005 in the Belgian town of Hasselt, with 16 participating countries. The hosts were also very funny this time Marcel Vanthilt & Maureen Louys. The theme of the show was Let's Get Loud.

The event was organised in a joint effort by the Belgian national broadcasters VRT and RTBF. Belgium won the right to hold the contest over five other countries.

Greece opened the show for the third time. This time it was a sweet story by Alexandros and Kalli called Tora Einai I Seira Mas (It's Our Turn Now). Danish Nicolai filled the stage with energy for his hip pop song Shake Shake Shake and Lorena Jelusić with Rock Baby had the difficult task to emulate his brother Dino, who won the first edition of Junior. Alina Eremia's Ţurai! (Hey!) ethnic dance song was one of the top favourites.

The United Kingdom brought a violin player, Joni Fuller singing her own How Does It Feel? while Sweden competed for the third time in a row with a female duo, the M+ and their Borderless Love (Gränslös Kärlek). Russia joined Junior this year with Vladislav Krutskikh & Street Magic and the song Doroga K Solntsu (Path To The Sun). FYR Macedonia's song Rodendenski Baknež (Birthday Kiss) by Denis Dimoski had also some ethnic elements and a flute player on stage.

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Tess was almost playing in home ground as we could feel in the audience while she was singing Stupid. Serbia & Montenegro also made their Junior debut this year with Filip Vučić and his Love then football (Ljubav Pa Fudbal). Latvia had a rock group next, Kids4Rock, with female vocalist for I'm A Little Lovely Girl (Es Esmu Maza Jauka Meitene). The home entry, Belgium, was performed in French Mes Rêves (My Dreams) by Lindsay.

Malta had another energetic entry this year with Thea & Friends called Make It Right!. The last three songs were the most succesful, and in reverse order. Third from last, and third in the final ranking Norway's Malin longing for Summer and no school in Sommer og Skolefri. Second place went for Spain's Antonio José and the interestin Te Traigo Flores (I Bring You Flowers) a mix of Spanish pop with Eastern influences. Save the best for last could seem the motto this year as Ksenia Sitnik performing My Vmeste (We Are Together) for Belarus in last place ended up as the winner.

Guest was the previous year's winner, Maria Isabel, who performed Antes Muerta Que Sencilla and her latest single Pues Va A Ser Que No. The Interval Act was a performance by Vladik Myagkostupov from the Cirque Du Soleil. The voting was very exciting, with Spain leading for most of the time, until Belarus took the lead in the last three votings, which included the votes from Spain and Belarus. They awarded 10 points to each other mutually in an interesting fair-play movement.

The third Junior Eurovision Song Contest was won by Belarus with the 10-year old Ksenia Sitnik singing her song My Vmeste. The show was watched by 8,500 people in the Arena, including the Belgian Prince Laurent and 20-25 million people around Europe. Cyprus withdrew from the contest at a late stage but was allowed to vote.

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