On Saturday she emerged as our favourite to win Junior Eurovision 2016 after she delivered a jaw-dropping performance of her song “Mzeo”.
And on Sunday afternoon Georgia’s Mariam Mamadashvili lived up to all of the hype, running away with the adult jury vote en route to winning Junior Eurovision.
Moments after leaving the stage she entered the press room carrying the Georgian flag, smiling from ear to ear and bubbling over with enthusiasm and energy.
Her mother was the first person she spoke with after her win.
“She didn’t say anything,” she tells us. “She just cried.”
We’d be crying too if our little one had just won JESC — and in such dazzling style.
Following her win Mariam, who had been somewhat reserved throughout the week, was beyond ecstatic and really showed her personality with the press for the first time.
During our interview she bounced up and down, smiled and laughed, but still managed to tell us her travel plans.
“I’m going into Tbilisi right now and then after ten days, or one week, I’m going back in the United States. Yaaaay!”
How will she celebrate?
“I am going to do everything. Eat ice cream, chocolate, chocolate and chocolate. And then I’m going to go in the pool for three hours. And then I’m going in the party.”
The young starlet was still coming to terms with her victory, and remained in disbelief.
“When they told me that I won I was like, ‘Oh my god I won!’ and then I was like ‘Oh my god I won!’ and then, at the last, when I was singing, when I cried, I was like ‘I actually won!'”
On Wednesday Mariam celebrated her birthday in style by attending her first rehearsal at JESC. You can hear her talking about her birthday plans below.