Junior Eurovision 2016: Bulgaria’s Lidia Ganeva is our readers’ favourite to win

On November 10 — after all 17 Junior Eurovision 2016 songs were released — we asked our readers to vote for their favourites to win. After counting 14,704 votes we can now reveal that Bulgaria’s Lidia Ganeva has come out on top.

All week we’ve highlighted Bulgaria as the most age-appropriate act in the field. Young Lidia loves what she does and that passion comes through in her enchanting performance of an enchanting song. The colourful staging suits her personality well and when she spins she seems to spin for all of the children of the world. Light a torch. Loving it.

Young Lidia, who charmed us during our interview in Valletta, finished with 2,841 votes — more than 19% of all those cast.

That put her narrowly ahead of Russia’s Water of Life Project who finished with 2,580 votes — or around 18%.

Ireland’s Zena Donnelly was the only other act to get more than 2,000 votes, finishing with 2,359 — or around 16%.

Junior Eurovision 2016: Poll results

  1. Bulgaria: Lidia Ganeva “Magical Day” 2,841 votes, 19.32%
  2. Russia: Water of Life Project “Water of Life” 2,580, 17.55%
  3. Ireland: Zena Donnelly “Bríce ar Bhríce” 2,359, 16.04%
  4. FYR Macedonia: Martija Stanojkovi? “Love Will Lead Our Way” 1,364, 9.28%
  5. Albania: Klesta Qehaja “Besoj” 809, 5.5%
  6. Armenia: Anahit & Mary “Tarber” 574, 3.9%
  7. Belarus: Alexander Minyonok “Musyka moih pobed” 556, 3.78%
  8. Italy: Fiamma Boccia “Cara Mamma – Dear Mom” 485, 3.3%
  9. Poland: Olivia Wieczorek “Nie zapomnij” 480, 3.26%
  10. Serbia: Dunja Jelicic “U la la la” 437, 2.97%
  11. Netherlands: Kisses “Kisses and Dancin'” 435, 2.96%
  12. Malta: Christina Magrin “Parachute” 414, 2.82%
  13. Cyprus: George Michaelides “Dance Floor” 366, 2.49%
  14. Australia: Alexa Curtis “We Are” 349, 2.37%
  15. Ukraine: Sofia Rol “Planet Craves For Love” 276, 1.88%
  16. Georgia: Mariam Mamadashvili “Mzeo” 197, 1.34%
  17. Israel: Shir & Tim “Follow My Heart” 182, 1.24%

Junior Eurovision 2016 jury final

Of course, our readers opinions — which we love and value — will not have an impact on the results, as the show is decided entirely by an adult jury, a kids jury and an expert panel.

The jury final took place on Saturday afternoon. All of the performances were filmed and the videos will be sent to jurors in the various countries on Sunday at noon CET.

You can read our full review of the jury final by clicking here, and you can watch our review below.

Who do you think will win Junior Eurovision 2016? Let us know below!

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