We love seeing the process that goes into preparing a Junior Eurovision entry: The national selections, the music videos, the pre-contest interviews and more. The only thing better would be to see them go through the process again – at the big Eurovision! Like Nevena Bozovic and the Tolmachevy Sisters before them, the Junior Eurovision 2014 acts have what it takes to compete at ESC and we would love to see a few more #transformationtuesdays. Anita Simoncini and Michele Perniola, two recent JESC veterans, have already been chosen to represent the tiny republic of San Marino in Vienna, and now our readers clearly want Sophia Patsalides to sing for Cyprus in 2017, when she is finally eligible! It is with great pleasure that we announce Sophia has won the 2014 Tolmachevy Sisters Award for Most Likely To Go To Adult Eurovision.
Tolmachevy Sisters Award for Most Likely To Go To Adult Eurovision
Our readers cast a total of 1,564 votes. Here is how the Top 3 finished.
1. Sophia Patsalides – Cyprus; 241 votes, 15%
2. Federica Falzon – Malta; 238 votes, 15%
3. Krisia, Hasan, and Ibrahim – Bulgaria; 197 votes, 13%
Could this possibly happen? We hope so, and Sophia says she does too! In an interview after the final, she told wiwiblogger Deban Aderemi that she would not say no if the opportunity came up. Girl, we want you there, wherever it is!
Above all, Sophia has the talent to make this happen. The Wiwi Jury absolutely loved her, and she earned the highest score in the history of our Eurovision and Junior Eurovision rankings, finishing with marks higher than even Loreen and Emmelie de Forest. wiwiblogger William gave her a perfect 10, writing:
“Spread your wings and let the wind take you higher!” It looks like Sophia took her own advice because she has flown straight to the top of my Junior Eurovision list! This song builds perfectly, keeping my attention with each verse and building to a killer bridge. Sophia is a teen dancing queen with a positive message. It’s just perfect.
This award honors Anastasia and Mariya, the Russian twins who first rose to fame in 2006 with their JESC victory. After a cancelled national final and much chaos, Russia internally selected the twins to sing in Copenhagen with what originally seemed like a thrown-together song. However, the girls fixed up the song and made it seem like a fluent masterpiece. Although they haven’t made history by winning both the Junior and adult contests, they obtained a top 10 placing. Not bad at all.
The award is just one of a dozen awards you can vote for in the first annual Wiwi Junior Awards. Our 12 categories—from best dressed to most most wronged at JESC—will identify the contestants who left the biggest impression on Junior Eurovision fans, regardless of whether they won the contest or not.