Last month we had the privilege of getting to know 16 artists from around the continent at the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2014. After getting up close and personal with all of them, we feel bad that not everyone walked away with a trophy or recognition of their many, many talents. To right that wrong we are please to unveil the inaugural edition of the Wiwi Junior Awards! Similar to our Valentina Monetta Awards (VMAs) for the adult singers, these awards honour those singers who left an impression on us this year, regardless of where they finished on the scoreboard.
It’s up to you to decide the winner for 10 of the 12 categories. You can vote for as many contestants in each poll as you would like, but you can only vote ONE time. Be sure to click the name next to each contestant you want to support. We will be hiding the results until it is time to announce the winner.
Polls close on December 18, 2014 and we’ll be announcing the winners shortly thereafter.
It’s up to you, Europe. Start voting now!
WIWI JUNIOR AWARDS 2014
1) The María Isabel Award for Most Likely to Succeed Commercially
Spain’s María Isabel won Junior Eurovision 2004 with her song “Antes Muerta que Sencilla”, which became an instant hit in Spain. Her debut album went 5x Platinum, and two of her four subsequent albums also topped the charts. This award honours the JESC contestant who you think stands the best shot of following in Maria’s footsteps and making cash money.
2) The Michele Perniola Award for Most Wronged at ESC 2014
Sometimes the results just don’t make sense. San Marino’s debut entry seemed set for a top result. After all, a cute kid and a unique song with a memorable dance number can’t do that bad, right? Unfortunately, Michele placed only third from the bottom, and we still mourn the result. Who had the same bad luck in 2014?
This poll is now closed. Results coming soon!
3) The Anastasiya Petryk Award for Most Improved Performer
The road to Junior Eurovision is a long one, and it doesn’t always start out with the best song or act. Anastasiya Petryk won the Ukrainian national final with a mess of a song, filled with strange, off-tempo beats. However, in the run-up to the contest Ukraine went all out. They recast Anastasiya as a wind goddess, simplified the soundtrack, and took away the awful backing dancers. The result? JESC 2013 in Kiev!
4) The Candy Award for Best Dressed
This award recognises the contestant who most turned Junior Eurovision into a catwalk! The group Candy, from Georgia, originally had the perfect outfit for their disco number: afro wigs, gold shirts, and bell bottoms. However, a last-minute change left the group with an even more perfect outfit that was actually candy-related. The pink and white puffy shirts grabbed your attention, and really defined the “candy” in Candy Music. Now we ask: who had the trendiest outfit in this year’s contest?
5) The Gaia Cauchi Award for Best Live Vocals
Gaia didn’t win for having a childish song, but rather for her beautiful, Whitney Houston-style voice. Plus, she was able to deliver on the big night, and more! This year featured a lot of talented live singers, but only one can win.
6) The Mylène and Rosanne Award for Most Memorable Staging
Team Wiwi never saw a Eurovision stage redesigned as a locker room until we saw the Dutch cheerleaders! That certainly kept them on our minds when we were casting our votes! Who took advantage of every square meter of the stage to deliver a memorable performance?
This poll is now closed. Results coming soon!
7) The Compass Band Award for Biggest Surprise
In 2012 we were in shock as we watched the nations announce their points — we would never have thought aspiring indie hipsters Compass Band would have wowed the jury and televoters to a third place finish. This award is dedicated to the boy or girl who taught us never to count anyone out at Junior Eurovision. Who surprised you the most?
8) The Malin Award for Best Dancers
Backing dancers are one way to enhance a stage show, especially for club numbers, which can be confusing without them. Malin, from Norway, spiced up her song with some adorable little tumblers. The dancers in a performance never seem to get enough credit, so this award goes to the best backing dancers. Now the question is, who are the best backing dancers?
9) The Ksenia Sitnik Award for Entry Most Fitting for a Junior Contest
While mature songs break up the monotony of things, we love it when the kids retain that junior spirit. Tiny Ksenia rocked her jumpy song, “My vmeste” in a pink tutu, lopsided pigtails, and pink cap. She wasn’t about to put on a mature performance. This award is for the singer whose song and performance were the most child-friendly and innocent. Who did that best?
10) The Tolmachevy Sisters Award for Most Likely to go to Eurovision
Just like the Tolmachevy Sisters (who placed seventh in this year’s adult contest), we want to see some of these kids continue their music careers into adulthood, and maybe even sing at the grown-up Eurovision. With so many mature songs this year, we want to ask: who was most fitting for the adult contest?
Please note: We are aware that Anita from the Peppermints is going to Eurovision. Who ELSE do you think deserves to go? We will honor both Anita AND someone else.
11) The Congeniality Award (Wiwi Jury to decide)
The Eurovision Song Contest was founded to bring Europe together following the carnage of World War II. This award honours the contestant whose press conferences and off-stage appearances did the most to honour the Eurovision tradition of peace and camraderie. We will be deciding the winner ourselves based on our interactions with them in Malta, but you can see our interviews with the contestants here!
12) The Rustam and Monica Spirit of JESC Award
Last year, Armenian contestant Monica and Azerbaijani contestant Rustam had quite the dance-off, and they had lots of fun doing it. The kids just wanted to dance, and didn’t take notice that their countries are sworn enemies. This award is for the kids who invoke the spirit of Junior Eurovision and seemed to have fun during their week at the contest, rather than stressing about a win.