Karusel — Russia’s television channel for children — has revealed the results of the online voting portion of their national selection for the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2016. 

Online voting counts for 50% of the total vote, with the other half coming down to the jury. Fourteen-year-old Sofiya Fisenko from Novomoskovsk won the public vote with 13.65% of the total, earning 22,495 individual votes.

Televote results: Russia’s Junior Eurovision 2016 selection

1. Sofiya Fisenko – 22.945 votes – 13.65%
2. Duet “Friends” – 21.561 votes – 13.08%
3. Mariya Zhuravleva – 21.536 votes – 13.06%
4. Mariya Mirova – 20.256 votes – 12.29%
5. Yuliya Asessorova – 19.293 votes – 11.70%
6. Vilena Khikmatullina – 12.576 votes – 7.63%
7. Alisa Khilko – 9.321 votes – 5.65%
8. “Chto skazhut deti” – 8.237 votes – 5.00%
9. Milana Pavlova – 7.752 votes – 4.70%
10. Liliya Verdiyan – 5.620 votes – 3.41%
11. Milana Zharekhina – 4.661 votes – 2.83%
12. Katya Maneshina – 3.836 votes – 2.33%
13. Alexey Zabugin – 3.693 votes – 2.24%
14. Elizaveta Kuznetsova – 1.807 votes – 1.10%
15. “Zhara” – 1.224 votes – 0.68%
16. Sofiya Pastushkova – 1.222 votes – 0.68%

Last month, shortly after Russia revealed the sixteen audio files of the candidateswe ran a poll asking our readers to vote for their favourites. Liliya Verdiyan was the big winner, earning 55% of all votes, followed by Yuliya Asessorova and Alisa Khilko.

Full results of our readers poll

1. Liliya Verdiyan – 766 votes – 55.03%
2. Yuliya Asessorova – 232 votes – 16.67%
3. Alisa Khilko – 131 votes – 9.41%
4. Mariya Mirova – 57 votes – 4.09%
5. “Chto skazhut deti” – 42 votes – 3.02%
6. Sofiya Fisenko – 37 votes – 2.72%
7. Alexey Zabugin – 21 votes – 1.51%
8. Duet “Friends” – 16 votes – 1.15%
9. “Zhara” – 13 votes – 0.93%
10. Elizaveta Kuznetsova – 13 votes – 0.93%
11. Milana Zharekhina – 12 votes – 0.86%
12. Mariya Zhuravleva – 12 votes – 0.86%
13. Sofiya Patushkova – 11 votes – 0.79%
14. Katya Maneshina – 10 votes – 0.72%
15. Milana Pavlova – 10 votes – 0.72%
16. Vilena Khikmatullina – 8 votes – 0.57%

As you can see, there was a big difference in opinion between our international readers and those who voted in Russia. Sofiya Fisenko, the winner of Russia’s online voting, only reached sixth in our poll. Liliya Verdiyan, our poll winner, only reached tenth place in the actual online voting. Yuliya Asessorova (fifth in the online voting, second in our reader’s poll) and Mariya Mirova (fourth in both polls) were the only contestants to do well with both audiences.

The final of the selection will take place on August 15 in Artek, Crimea.

The decision to host the event there has already provoked some controversy, owing to the ongoing conflict in Crimea and the the illegal annexation of the region by Russia.

The final results — and the winner — will be revealed on August 16 during the broadcast on Karusel.

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SummerWine=Plum
SummerWine=Plum
4 years ago

I meant that Russia mustn’t prove anything. Sorry for my English=))

SummerWine=Plum
SummerWine=Plum
4 years ago

@Andrew Russia has nothing more to prove. Please kindly deal with it=))

Andrew
Andrew
4 years ago

Russians as always. Making final in occupied territory of Ukraine. To prove what?

Romeo
Romeo
4 years ago

The cause of the discrepancy of voting results is quite obvious. Sofia’s song has great lyrics and it has been praised by Russian speaking voters.

(J)ESC Fanatic
(J)ESC Fanatic
4 years ago

@DenizNL

You are right.

DenizNL
DenizNL
4 years ago

Maria Mirova should be first. That’s a very energetic song. Children won’t watch a show with 10 ballads.

decision
decision
4 years ago

No more girls please.

(J)ESC Fanatic
(J)ESC Fanatic
4 years ago

#MariyaMirovaForTheWin