Wiwi Jury: Israel’s Kids.Il or Russia’s Lerika Will Win Junior Eurovision

The Wiwi Jury—our in-house panel of music unprofessionals—has now reviewed all 12 Junior Eurovision songs. Each juror rated the songs on a scale from 1 to 10, and then the scores were averaged to determine the Wiwi Jury Verdict. In our opinion, Israel’s Kids.il or Lerika’s Russia should win the contest on December 1. Please note: these reviews were based on the preview clips issued by each nation, and not on their live performances in Amsterdam. (If they were, Georgia would be a lot higher….)

Final Results

1. Israel: Kids.il with “Let the Music Win” (8.83)

The jury said: “Dana International, take note: You needn’t resort to sexual innuendo to grab attention.”

“Original, fantastic, full of magic and spark.”

2. Russia: Lerika with “Sensatsiya” (8.22)

“Finally, a song in this year’s Junior Eurovision that is sassy and modern!”

“This is more professionally done than most Eurovision songs. And I can totally see myself dancing to it in an overcrowded Moscow gay club.”

3. Sweden: Lova Sönnerbo with “Mitt Mod” (6.42)

“Not sure whether she’s got a case of the nerves or whether it’s just her style, but her trembly vocals fits the theme of this song perfectly and she radiates sweetness and innocence on stage.”

“This is probably the best Swedish song in the history of this contest.”

4. The Netherlands: Femke with “Tik Tak Tik” (6.21)

“Femke is a feisty performer and her backing dancers have worked out their routine to clockwork perfection. This song spins beautifully without leaving you dizzy.”

“The Dutch entry this year has the vibes of an oldies hit from the good US of A.”

5. Moldova: Denis Midone with “Toate Vor Fi” (5.86)

Toate Vor Fi has a torch song quality to it: it’s powerful with a great hook.”

“His song is totally infectious. I’m already playing it again.”

6. Azerbaijan: Omar & Suada with “Boys and Girls” (5.43)

“Omar and Suada come across as sweet and innocent, and the song does too. But it’s a tad too simple and belongs on the Telly Tubbies—not at the Junior Eurovision Song Contest!”

“It is the bomb, and I have it down in my top 3. That’s right. I realize it’s really simple and kind of repetitive. But it gets stuck in my head and puts me in a good mood.”

6. Belgium: Fabian with “Abracadabra” (5.43)

“Watching adults pretend to play musical instruments is often embarrassing but watching kids do the same is excruciating. The look of boredom on the face of the kids on the keyboards and drums tells you all you need to know about ‘Abracadabra.'”

“This is nice feel-good song, albeit nothing spectacular.”

8. Armenia: Compass Band with “Sweetie Baby” (5.36)

“The song is just a bit too melancholy and unconvincing coming from kids who are barely in their teens.”

“It sounds like a song that should be performed by a bunch of ageing rockers after downing a lot of alcohol.”

9. Georgia: FUNKIDS with “Funky Lemonade” (4.79)

“The candy floss moments are magic, but the rap and dubstep moments just sound like a nasty scratch!”

“Sounding a bit like Christina Aguilera infused with the Macarena, the song is musically all over the place.”

10. Ukraine: Anastasiya Petryk with “Nebo” (4.35)

“When young Anastasiya shrieks ‘Fire in the sky,’ it’s creepy enough to signal the Apocalypse. But even before she reaches the English-language segment at the two-minute mark, this preternaturally talented girl had me reaching for a crucifix and some garlic.”

“My god, this kid really freaks me out! It must be that long grudge hair, the crazy eyes, and the dressing gown she’s wearing, looking like she needs an exorcism. Oh and the song has a haunting element to it coupled with a strange dub step mix that makes it sound even more alien, brrrr, scary.”

11. Belarus: Egor Zheshko with “A More-More” (3.50)

“I wanted to switch it off after 5 seconds. The two dancers probably won Belarus Junior Strictly and it says a lot about the song that they were far more interesting than the singer.”

“They say that speaking louder can get your message across better in large groups. But in singing shouting is not a sound strategy.”

12. Albania: Igzidora Gjeta with “Kam Një Këngë Vetëm Për Ju” (2.14)

“It’s 2012 in most of Europe, but apparently it’s still 1986 in Albania.”

“About halfway through, the song was just so irritating that I had to turn it off.”

You can listen to all of the Junior Eurovision 2012 entries by clicking here.
You can see the final Wiwi Jury standings and scores by clicking here.