It’s been a rainy week in Malta, but young Mariam Mamadashvili brought “Mzeo” — her song about the sun. And on Sunday it became clear that Europe was feeling the warmth as they crowned her the winner of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2016.
The 10-year-old starlet was the clear stand-out during the jury final on Saturday, drawing sustained applause one minute before her song was even finished. As we predicted in our jury review, she absolutely owned the adult jury, receiving 12 points from eight of the 17 juries (Albania, Armenia, Belarus, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Ireland, The Netherlands and Ukraine).
She didn’t receive top marks from any members of the so-called “expert panal.” And she only finished sixth with the kids jury. But her overwhelming lead with the adult panel of music professionals proved insurmountable.
This marks Georgia’s third victory at Junior Eurovision, making it the most successful country in the contest. They surpass Armenia and Belarus, who each have two victories.
Armenia’s Anahit & Mary came second with their high-energy performance of “Tarber”, while Italy’s Fiamma Boccia came third with her tender number “Cara Mamma”.
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JUNIOR EUROVISION 2016: FULL RESULTS
12 points breakdown
Albania: 12 points to Georgia
Armenia: 12 points to Georgia
Australia: 12 points to Malta
Belarus: 12 points to Georgia
Bulgaria: 12 points to Georgia
Cyprus: 12 points to Georgia
Georgia: 12 points to Australia
Ireland: 12 points to Georgia
Israel: 12 points to Belarus
Italy: 12 points to Ireland
Malta: 12 points to Ireland
Macedonia: 12 points to Italy
The Netherlands: 12 points to Georgia
Poland: 12 points to Bulgaria
Russia: 12 points to Belarus
Serbia: 12 points to Armenia
Ukraine: 12 points to Georgia
Mads Grimstad: 12 points to Italy
Christer Bjorkman: 12 points to Belarus
Jedward: 12 points to Russia
What do you think of Mariam’s victory? Are you shocked or surprised by any of the other results? Let us know in the comments section below – and we’ll see y’all in Tblisi next year!