Click, click, click — it’s the sound emanating from households all around the world as kiddies (and non-kiddies) vote for their favourites in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2017.
This is the first year that viewers have been able to vote for their favourites before the show even starts. As an added twist, viewers can vote for their own countries, a move that has no doubt inspired patriotic fans to get behind their homegrown act.
On Friday evening, a few hours after the official online vote launched, we asked our readers to tell us who they actually voted for. After counting 11,589 votes the results are in — and The Netherlands’s Fource has won the day.
The boy band, which has drawn plenty of positive comments in our YouTube interview, came out on top with 1,199 votes — or around 10% of all those cast. They have an avid fanbase who are turning out and showing their love. Luh-luh-love them, baby? Clearly the answer is yes.
Given that voters can vote for their own country, The Netherlands’ likely benefits from its strong Junior Songfestival TV show, which has done a fantastic job building hype. The boys’ official music video has 1.2 million views on the Junior Songfestival YouTube channel, which itself has 133,000 subscribers. Well done!
In second place in our poll is the adorable Mariana Venancio from Portugal, whose song “YouTuber” has proven to be a guilty pleasure for many.
Initially panned by fans, when RTP released a deliberately humorous cover of the song by a well-known broadcaster, it has gone on to loop on many a playlist.
Mariana’s sweet delivery, innocent look and playful LED — replete with poo emoji — never fails to warm our frigid hearts.
She eared 1,172 votes — just 27 short of Fource — to finish as runner-up here.
Rounding out our Top 3 is Armenia’s Misha, who, through clever camera tricks and a hoverboard, appears to fly across the stage.
The “Boomerang” singer earned 1,032 votes, or around 9%. Armenian Eurovision fans are known for their passion and enthusiasm — and they’ll no doubt buoy him in the online vote.
The only other act to earn more than 1,000 votes was Belarus’ Helena Meraai — widely regarded as the pre-contest favourite.
Who did you support in the online vote? (Results)
- The Netherlands: Fource 10.35% (1,199 votes)
- Portugal: Mariana Venancio 10.11% (1,172 votes)
- Armenia: Misha 8.9% (1,032 votes)
- Belarus: Helena Meraai 8.87% (1,028 votes)
- Australia: Isabella Clarke 7.54% (874 votes)
- Albania: Ana Kodra 7.06% (818 votes)
- Russia: Polina Bogusevich 6.41% (743 votes)
- Ireland: Muireann McDonnell 6.16% (714 votes)
- Malta: Gianluca Cilia 5.65% (655 votes)
- Poland: Alicja Rega 5.48% (635 votes)
- FYR Macedonia: Mina Blazev 5.08% (589 votes)
- Ukraine: Anastasiya Baginska 3.89% (451 votes)
- Serbia: Irina & Jana 3.82% (443 votes)
- Cyprus: Nicole Nicolaou 3.67% (425 votes)
- Georgia: Grigol Kipshidze 3.66% (424 votes)
- Italy: Maria Iside Fiore 3.34% (387 votes)
Total Votes: 11,589