Just a couple weeks after Eurovision in Malmo, and we already have our first Junior Eurovision participant for 2013!

Dayana Kirillova, runner-up at last year’s Russian national final, has persevered and won this year’s selection among a field of 17 other contestants. Singing her song ‘Mechtay’ (Dream), peppy and confident Dayana received 12.19% of the televote and walked away with the crown…and the right to cross the border to Kiev in November.

Dayana travels light!
Dayana travels light!

Just 11 years old, Dayana will carry the pressure of following in the footsteps of spectacular Lerika, who could have easily placed Top 10 in the adult ESC this year. Can she handle the heat? Judging by the quality of her vocals in both her original and reprise performances, I think so. She may, however, want to ditch the utterly random tin-foil-dressed back-up dancers. Keep it cute, Dayana, and put the focus on yourself and that colourful boat you sail away on.

You can watch Dayana’s performance this year, as well as a recap of all 18 songs below. Plus we’ve thrown in her 2012 number for you hardcore JESC fans out there! … And a hilarious group number featuring all kids showing jazz hands and awkwardly parading about the stage.

Full results (in running order, % of televotes)
1. Vanessa Bezrodnaya – Dinamit – 2.59
2. Ulyana Kuznetsova Ulyana- Devochka-Prazdnik – 6.06
3. Druzhnie Sestryonki – Utki Poyut – 4.90
4. Dayana Kirillova – Mechtay – 12.19
5. Anastasiya Egorkina – Muzyka – 5.74
6. Anastasiya Zuyeva – Mechta – 3.40
7. Kseniya Mulina – Vyshe Nulya – 3.73
8. Elizaveta Puris – Noviy Den – 10.22
9. Arina Bagaryakova – Hudozhnik – 1.62
10. Angelina Kolesnikova- Ryzhaya – 7.08
11. 4EVER – Prosto Drug – 6.63
12. Vyacheslav Kvasov – Tantsuy Pod Lunoy – 1.91
13. Valeriya Eroshenko – Nebo V Nochi – 8.26
14. Diana Soldysheva – Polovinki – 5.601
15. Larisa Grigoryeva – Babochka – 5.91
16. Anna Muzafarova – Na Oblakah – 2.99
17. Sofiya Fisenko – Luchshiye Druzya – 9.20
18. Alisa Sementina – Raspahnyom My Krylya – 1.98

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Fikri
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Fikri

i enjoyed the song very much. good job russia!

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lol. where does russia find these kids? a soviet training ground for pop stars?