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I. PARTICIPANTS

Under the auspices of the EUROPEAN BROADCASTING UNION (EBU) and as part of the television programme exchanges known as "Eurovision", the EBU Member organizations in Belarus (BYBTRC), Belgium (VRT/RTBF), Croatia (HRT), Cyprus (CyBC), Denmark (DR), Greece (ERT), Latvia (LTV), F.Y.R. Macedonia (MKRTV), Malta (MT/PBS), the Netherlands (NPB/AVRO), Norway (NRK), Poland (TVP), Romania (RO/TVR), Spain (TVE), Sweden (SVT) and the United Kingdom (UKIB/ITV), hereinafter referred to as the "participants", have decided, under the present Rules, to take part actively in the

1st JUNIOR EUROVISION SONG CONTEST

which will be held at Forum in Copenhagen (Denmark) on 15 November 2003.

The Contest must have the same title in all 16 territories, although Members are free to translate the full title into their national language and use that title only.


II. AIM

The purpose of the Contest is to promote young talent in the field of popular music, by encouraging competition among the child artists.

Only songs consisting of lyrics and music which have never been commercially released (lyrics or music) may be performed at the national contest selection and Final. Each participating organization shall obtain a signed statement from the parent(s)/guardian(s) of the child artist(s), stating that the song entered is original and has never been commercially released and has been written and composed by the child artist(s) without any professional help.

For the avoidance of doubt, it is hereby specified that the compilation album of any national contest final or the release of a song as a single after being selected for any final are not considered prior releases.

Eligible artists are all children who are either of the nationality of the participating country or have been resident in that country for at least two and a half years. Each artist may represent only one participating country per year.


III. ORGANIZATION

The organization of the Contest comprises:
the national selection by each participant ? by means of a national competition ? of the best possible song. It is strongly recommended that this selection should be made within a period of three months prior to the international Final, through a televised show using tele-voting, to promote awareness of the international contest.

the creation of a Junior Eurovision Song Contest Steering Group to supervise all production aspects of the event. This Group shall comprise the Executive Producer of the event, a representative of a Member which has already held a similar national event, and a representative of the Member which will host the event the following year, together with the EBU Coordinator of the event. 

performance before a live audience of all the songs presented by the participants, during the live transmission of the Contest Final.

The majority of the participating Members have agreed that the United Kingdom (UKIB/ITV) will host the 2004 Junior Eurovision Song Contest.


V. CRITERIA FOR ADMISSION TO THE CONTEST FINAL

Only the 16 named participants may enter a song. Contestants must be aged between eight and 15 years old on the day of their national final.

The child artists must never have performed a solo, lead role or supporting role on a professionally-produced CD or be professionally represented in any way before or during their national contest. Having been a backing singer in a choir, or the equivalent, is allowed. The child artist may conclude a record contract, e.g. for the release of a single, shortly before the international Contest Final, ...

Child artists selected for the national competition but not admitted to the international Contest Final remain eligible to participate in any subsequent Contest Final, as long as the other conditions (age, original song, no professional career, etc.) are fulfilled.


VII. PERFORMANCE OF THE SONGS

The producing organization has full responsibility for the broadcast of the Contest Final within the terms of these Rules, and for ensuring that the Rules are observed.

The producing organization shall be obliged to produce a show lasting a total of two hours.

The Contest Final shall consist chiefly of the successive presentation by the artist(s) of the songs selected under the conditions defined in Article IV above.

The writer/composer must take part in the performance of the song, which shall be in the national language (or one of the national languages) of the participant's country.

A song may be presented by a maximum of eight artists.

The lyrics and/or performance of a song must not bring the Contest into disrepute.


X. ORDER OF PRESENTATION OF THE SONGS

The order of presentation of the songs in the Contest Final shall be determined by a draw on 6 October 2003 in the presence of a representative of the Permanent Services.


XI. VOTING PROCEDURE: TELEVOTING AND JURY

Televoting is obligatory in each country. A back-up jury must be created in case of technical failure (see below for a description of the procedure). If it is necessary to use a back-up jury, the reason(s) must be notified in writing to the Permanent Services by a notary.

The following rules shall apply for the back-up juries.

The participant shall appoint a national jury of eight members. The names of the members of the national juries may not be disclosed until the day after the Contest Final. Four members of each national jury must be representatives of the public in the country, the other four being music professionals. There should be an equal number of men and women on each jury, with four jurors aged under 16 and four between 16 and 30 years of age. Only one of the four professional jurors may be connected with a record company or music publisher. The composition of these juries may be completely different from that of the jury or juries appointed by participants for their national selection procedures.
 Each member of each national jury shall award from one to ten votes to each song, excluding the song presented by the participant that has appointed him/her. Abstentions shall not be allowed.


XIII. FINAL VOTE BY THE PARTICIPATING COUNTRIES

There shall be an interval of 10 minutes after the recapitulative run-through of all the songs. The duration of the televoting takes up the first six minutes. After the voting has been completed, the secretary in charge in each country shall add up the number of votes obtained by each song. He/she shall allocate 12 points to the song gaining the most votes, 10 points to the song gaining the second highest number of votes, 8 points to the song gaining the third highest number of votes, 7 points to the next, and so on down to 1 point for the song gaining the tenth highest number of votes. The spokesperson shall stand by to make the public announcement of these results. He/she must be under 16 years of age and able to announce the results in English or in French.

For the back-up jury's results, should there be a tie for any of the above positions, the order of the tying songs shall be ascertained by a show of hands by the jury members. If two or more songs tie for the same place, and if there is still a tie after the show of hands, the final order shall be decided by the vote of the youngest member of the jury.


XIV. FINAL CLASSIFICATION

The points allocated by each participant must be announced in ascending order, beginning with the minimum number of points (1) and ending with the maximum (12). Thus, the attribution of points shall take place in the following order: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 10, 12.


XV. GRAND PRIZE

The song which obtains the highest number of points is the winner.

Should there be a tie for first place between two or more songs the grand prize shall be awarded to the song that has obtained points from the highest number of countries. If the songs received votes from the same number of countries, then the highest number of 12-point scores shall be decisive. If the winner cannot be determined by this procedure, then the number of times ten points have been awarded shall be the deciding factor. If there is still a tie for first place, the Junior Eurovision Song Contest shall be deemed to have two or more winners.

The final result shall be announced immediately, and the transmission of the Contest Final shall end with a further performance of the winning song (or songs).

A trophy shall be presented to the winner(s).


XIX. GUARANTEES

Each participant, by the very fact of entering a song in the Contest Final, shall guarantee that it owns the rights referred to in Article IV.3. Accordingly, it shall indemnify all organizations concerned against any claim whatsoever from authors, artists, publishers, producers or any other persons or entities in respect of any of the broadcasts or other uses of the songs.

Each participant also guarantees that the performance of the child artist(s) selected for the Contest Final is in full compliance with its national law on the protection of young people performing in cultural or artistic activities.  Whilst the producing organization is responsible for the safety and health of the children during the production process at the venue, and particularly at rehearsals and the performance in the Contest Final, the participants are responsible for the safety, health and any other care of the children at any time beforehand and afterwards. The participating Members and the producing organization shall keep each other (and the Permanent Services) fully indemnified at all times from and against any liabilities, proceedings or costs arising out of any claim caused by any form of non-compliance with their above-mentioned responsibilities.

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