The Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2017 sped by in a flash of LEDs and high notes. Australia’s Isabella Clarke worked the runway in a silver catsuit. Albania’s Ana Kodra made it clear you should stay away from her tree. And Portugal’s Mariana Venâncio served us adorable emoji realness. But in the end it was Polina Bogusevich from Russia who won the day with her song “Wings”.

Tacking important social issues — including domestic violence and abuse — she served a pitch-perfect power ballad backed by major power. It was all accompanied by interpretive dancing and a dramatic LED, that saw her bedroom splitting in half because of tensions at home. As wiwiblogger Robyn wrote ahead of the show:

“Russia delivers. ‘Wings’ is a sophisticated pop ballad, given a flawless vocal from Polina. Even the key change doesn’t feel too cloying — and given how dramatic the song is, it makes sense. The only weakness is perhaps the English language section. Honestly, the song would be as strong without it. But by the time the song comes along with the gorgeous harmonies of the ending, all is forgiven.”

Speaking to wiwiblogger Rezo Mamsikashvili ahead of the final, Polina told us that she never expected to win the national selection in Russia earlier this year.

“I was very ill when I was singing — I had a temperature and a lot of illness,” she said. “I was crying — I was so tired from this. I couldn’t believe this. I thought I would drop. Doctors told me, ‘You won’t sing — you are very bad’…but when I won I couldn’t believe it. I thought I would just fly home with nothing.”

Junior Eurovision 2017 results

Jury results

Georgia’s Grigol Kipshidze, who finished second overall, managed to win the jury vote, receiving top marks from six countries.

Armenia gave 12 points to Georgia
Poland gave 12 points to Georgia
Belarus gave 12 points to Georgia
Albania gave 12 points to Georgia
Ukraine gave 12 points to Georgia
Russia gave 12 points to Georgia

Portugal gave 12 points to Russia
FYR Macedonia gave 12 points to Russia
Georgia gave 12 points to Russia
Australia gave 12 points to Russia

Ireland gave 12 points to Poland
Malta gave 12 points to Belarus
Cyprus gave 12 points to Armenia
The Netherlands gave 12 points to Australia
Serbia gave 12 points to Ukraine

Italy gave 12 points to Malta

Televote results

Our “online voting” poll, which we opened shortly after online voting opened on Friday, proved accurate, with Fource from The Netherlands winning the televote segment.

1. The Netherlands 112 points
2. Malta 81
3. Australia 79
4. Belarus 69
5. Ukraine 67
6. Russia 66
7. Poland 61
8. Armenia 56
9. Italy 49
10. Portugal 45
11. Serbia 44
12. Georgia 42
13. Ireland 42
14. FYR Macedonia 41
15. Cyprus 40
16. Albania 35

For the first time ever, JESC officials allowed voters to cast their votes prior to the actual show. On Friday the online voting portal opened. After sitting through a brief recap that showed clips of each act rehearsing, fans could choose between three and five acts each. If they needed extra info to make their decision, they could choose to watch one-minute clips of each individual act rehearsing (rather than a full-on recap of all 16).

Initial voting closed just before performances started this afternoon. It re-opened immediately after the last act.

It wasn’t without incident though. Within seconds tens of thousands of fans rushed to vote again, overworking the server which seemed to freeze or crash.

Interestingly, viewers were allowed to vote for ANY country they wanted — and that included their own.

What do you think of the results? Were you surprised by the jury or the televote? Let us know down below!

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Random.sage
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Random.sage

Also, JESC turned up on production of the acts this year! Great job! Very much enjoyed.

Random.sage
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Random.sage

My favorite won! And I got €5 out of it! I knew she’d win based on the running order.

Zebb
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Zebb

Georgian guy hella belted Bruno Marseyo vibes! Nice atmo mantained. Russian singer got fixed after start but it still didn’t convince me as winning song unlike last year. Solid perfomance. Netherlands were good but that’s all, I expected them to look more enjoyable and sound better yet they’ve looped that choreo and imo that wasn’t right. Belarus… It’s weird they’ve ruined what they’ve had in video and how it akk sounds, they really need to check Ukraine in how to create mood. Messy voting system, again. Somehow resulted as an accurate, wrecked by production song with screamfest achievement got the… Read more »

beccaboo1212
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This is NOT “screamfest” for crying out loud.

Zebb
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Zebb

Elaborately, choppy belting here and there and constant deafening singing of last part that kills even good lyrics, NO thx.

Hovannes Boratyan
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Hovannes Boratyan

Hayastan 2018! Règles de la diaspora arménienne!

beccaboo1212
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Hopefully people don’t complain about next year’s Armenian JESC entry. Maybe Armenia will win next year. 😀

Ryaaan
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Ryaaan

The first time my winner for any Eurovision event won. Polina was easily the best and she so deserved it. All of my favourites did well except Macedonia. The production was great and I can’t wait for next year!

Graph
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Graph

Same for me; first time my favorite has won!

ESC 4ever
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ESC 4ever

All my faves are in the top 4! Not surprised but this year was kinda weak. I loved the production and the hosts this year, they did a great job in Georgia! Can’t wait for 2018. ps. Australia was my winner!

Africavision
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Africavision

A wonderful show, nicely presented, an excellent stage, and a well-deserved winner… Just disappointed about two things: (1) Cyprus definitely didn’t deserve last place and (2) my favorite, Albania, not placing higher. Sigh!

Lawrence R Gibb
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Lawrence R Gibb

I’m afraid I stopped watching half way through. The quality of song wasn’t bad, just mediocre. The lack of participants suggests that maybe JESC like all teenagers is moody. I think a major shake up for 2018 or they’re will be more withdrawals

beccaboo1212
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I’d rather there’d be no withdrawals. 😉

rasmus
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rasmus

About withdrawing: Portugal competed for over 50 years in Eurovision before they won. Sometimes you get good results,sometimes bad. Macedonia and Cyprus should stay in JESC and learn of their mistakes.

Macedonias mistake this year was the song and Cyprus was the false singing. Russia and Netherlands didnt have any mistakes and they got 1 and 4 :). Just my opinion.

beccaboo1212
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Armenia, Ireland, Italy, Malta, and Poland should all stay in JESC forever! Bulgaria on the other hand looks forward to returning. 🙂

Fatima
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Fatima

Had the votes been presented in the old way, it would have provided a thrilling moment. Let’s go back to that.

Jo
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Jo

my god, comments here are so full of drama lmao..

Benito Bonito
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Benito Bonito

Polina was nothing, I can’t remember her song, I can’t remember. This is the dark age. As if the terror of Salvador was not enough, now we really need medication to survive this depression.

thespb01
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thespb01

Lol, it’s just a song contest, calm down.

Jessica21
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Jessica21

No need to generalise your opinions by saying things like “we really need medication to survive now”. Both Portugal and Russia were very well deserved winners imo. You might disagree, that’s ok.

Jo
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Jo

“we” lol

kai
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kai

why the hell you cannot speak just for yourself????
“we really need”? you need! YOU need!
Are we clear??

dolu13
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dolu13

MALTA was stolen !!!! I understand why many countries refuse to participate and to pay for this circus, it’s fake it’s blatant !! Stop the bad faith !! Stupid show, not a winner for kids but for adults, bought juries, big lack of audience in the arena it’s normal people doesn’t want to pay to watch this. Stop the massacre !!

James
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James

Did people die?

dolu13
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dolu13

No but sorry your brain certainly yes

Elmar
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Elmar

@dolu13 hey, take it easy. I am sure nobody forces you to watch something and watch your language when you are talking to someone.

Jessica21
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Jessica21

“Stop the massacre!!” I don’t know how to react to this. 😀

Jo
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Jo

Someone call the police!

dolu13
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dolu13

Poor victims…… keep thinking that all is clear and normal……. wake up ! Lol I feel compassion for you.

beccaboo1212
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First of all, JESC is not a “circus”, and many countries can have different opinions about the contest.

Lina
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Lina

How on Earth did Cyprus place last? Their song was different to others. It was fun, uptempo. Kids don’t do uptempo songs, if you want to win. Be serious and shouty..Sorry

Benito Bonito
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Benito Bonito

I’m afraid that in both esc and jesc, songs must be serious or they are not good enough. I wonder when this SAD era will end. If in Lisbon will win another pretentious/artistic/whatever song, I will die. After Jamala/Salvador/Polina I will die if another mortuary song will win.

Fatima
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Fatima

Going first didn’t help, Lina

Riha
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Riha

I think it’s wrong that Russia won. They had much better song last year, and we had much bettet songs this year. I also didn’t like the juries’ game. Malta on the bottom? Netherlands not in top five? Did they try to sabotage the results? Netherlands is true winner for me and for people. They won the real voting. #JusticeForFource

aleh
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aleh

I’m sorry but performance wise, they should have been lower imo LMAO

Benito Bonito
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Benito Bonito

Jury is the devil. Kids are deluded if they think is good to go thru life being how jury wants you to be.

beccaboo1212
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My prediction for Junior Eurovision 2018.

PARTICIPATING:
* Albania
* Armenia
* Australia
* Belarus (of course!)
* Bulgaria (return)
* France (return)
* Georgia
* Germany (debut)
* Ireland
* Italy
* Macedonia
* Malta
* Netherlands
* Poland
* Portugal
* Russia
* Serbia
* Ukraine

WITHDRAWING:
* Cyprus (because of the bad result)

Varian Jeataba
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Varian Jeataba

Debut- Germany, and Kazakhstan
Return- Bulgaria, Croatia, and Israel
Withraw- Cyprus and Macedonia (maybe a surprise withdraw from Albania or Ireland)- like Bulgaria this year.

Tasan Ursat
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Tasan Ursat

I also would like Azerbaijan and Moldova to return.

Benito Bonito
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Benito Bonito

”Germany (debut)”

Is this true? Germany is in big5 in esc, but they are yet to debut in jesc? Why? Probably they have very strict rules about child work. Is this it? Still in esc they send those teenagers like Lena and Jamie Lee.

James
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James

And yet Germany has The Voice Kids. A reason regarding child performers would seem hypcritical when they have a show that showcase kids singing and battling it out to the death every year. hehe

Jessica21
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Jessica21

I hope that next year power houses of the adult ESC (like Sweden, Azerbaijan, Romania etc.) joins this contest as well.

Jo
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Jo

Bulgaria will probably return. France might return as well, but I’m not confident about Germany. I think Macedonia will withdraw.

beccaboo1212
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Armenia and Malta are never withdrawing! 😉

James
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James

There was really nothing to dislike about how things went down. I didn’t have clear faves from the get-go so I wasn’t too let down by the eventual results. However, I am sad that Ireland got their lowest placement yet after reaching a contest high last year, but even sadder for Cyprus.

However, I do think that with three-fifths of each of the national juries being adult jurors, they overpowered the online vote and those of the kid jurors. I would have preferred an equal jury composition of kids and adults for that 50%.

What a waste
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What a waste

Horrible show. Horrible results. My sentiments in a gif –
http://i.imgur.com/XlcvneB.gif

beccaboo1212
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FYO, the show was NOT a waste, results weren’t horrible, but your sentiment sucks! Hopefully JESC gets better next year.

Benito Bonito
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Benito Bonito

By saying ”Hopefully JESC gets better next year.”, you admit this year was bad.

beccaboo1212
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I’d say it was weird.

Briekimchi
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Briekimchi

Overall, good standard throughout the show.
The top songs did not wow me like those of last year but it was definitely harder to find weak entries.
I was surprised by how well Georgia did with the juries and disappointed by the Ukraine’s result as they gave the best performance besides Russia.

Briekimchi
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Briekimchi

So the group that gave the worst performance of the night and that have millions of fans in their own country, won the online vote with a system that allows fans to vote for their own countries’ songs?
Yeah, great system.

Bjorn van der Veen
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Bjorn van der Veen

n the Netherlands the people have freedom of speech and that is why I appreciated wiwiblogs. Apart from the fact that the Dutch group fourth has built up a network here in those 3 months of Dutch renown, they apparently have also won and stole the hearts in not only the dutch aria as you see but also almost in the world online incredible voters. Contrats to them!

Bjorn van der Veen
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Bjorn van der Veen

Russia a good song with stong vocals that reaches the voters of Europe more than Russia in 2016 with song I’d loved previous that year and not won the contest unfortunately.
My favorites this year where Belarus ( witch song perfectly fits at the Eurovision, with love please!)
And second my own country the Netherlands, with good vocals and strong song for all ages!
That’s why I’m sad with this years winner Russia but I have to admit her vocals where good.

Charli Cheer Up
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Charli Cheer Up

YASS my winner won! That staging was breath taking. Gave me Sia’s Chandelier vibes. Those kids on stage with Polina were talented. Well choreographed and vocals were on point. I’ve never rooted for Russia before in any ESC till now! 🙂

CS
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CS

Georgia did an amazing job hosting this year! Much better than last year… Overall i’m happy with the results. Russia is a deserved winner. Her song, voice and staging were amazing. And btw, how did Georgia win the jury votes? I seriously don’t understand the jury’s. The Netherlands and Malta got so few points from them, its unfair. They were the two online voting favorites. They should just get rid of the jury’s and let it be completly online voting. It just makes more sense, maybe work on how to handle the servers on the night so it doenst fail… Read more »

jescfan
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jescfan

bought juries boooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo

jescfan
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jescfan

Where are the jury votes for Malta? What a shame!!! something is weird….

Jo
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Jo

I feel sad for Ireland, deserved to do better…

chanson
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chanson

Can someone enlighten me as to how the online voting points were calculated exactly? The system behind it is obviously different from the one at ESC where it’s simply the sum of points given to a country by the other participants, but I haven’t yet seen an explanation of how it works.

thespb01
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thespb01

TBF, you had watched a different show, given the juries vote on rehearsals.

John
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John

Well, my opinion about this year JESC; 1) Russia – well done, Polina! Very worthy winner. I’m glad she won, because she was in my top 3. 2) Australia – omg, Isabella! She was amazing. Love her song and she really slayed vocally. 3) Georgia – it was a good performance. Grigol sang very well, but the song itself is not strong enough, at least for me, to be in second place. 4) The Netherlands – this country shocked me today! As far as I know, many countries could not vote during the announcement of online voting, because the site… Read more »

Bastian
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Bastian

Ooooh John do your homework before commenting. I read comments from Dutch fans that they couldnt reach the website to cast their vote. And if you think you are right, then send me your source (which you obviously dont have).

beccaboo1212
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Hopefully Armenia can deliver a better staging next year!…maybe Armenia could win like in 2010! 🙂

James
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James

This year’s staging was not good to you?

beccaboo1212
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I actually kinda liked it. However, I was concerned about why many people criticized Misha. Either way, I’m looking forward to next year’s Armenian JESC entry. 😀

ESC Obsessed
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ESC Obsessed

Russia was not really my favourite, but I can see why they won. The song and vocals were good. But how the Netherlands won the televote is a complete mystery to me, it was absolutely my dead last. Vocally, it was extremely weak, and the song was boring (those three minutes lasted for ages). The worst part are the lyrics. I was half crying, half laughing during the performance, because I could not believe they were really singing something so ridiculous. Oh well, Europe (and beyond) thought differently. Congratulations, I guess. Everyone has his own opinion, and I clearly have… Read more »

blondboybc
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blondboybc

Overall, I’m pretty happy with the results, and Polina deserved the win despite being a very close call with Georgia–great performance from both! Pleased that 3 of my top 5 choices made it to the top 5 spots. Malta was underrated by the juries. Was hoping Belarus would make it to top 3. 🙁 Hopefully more countries will participate next year! Next: bring on the ESC national finals! Looking forward to them all!! 😀

Erasmus
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Erasmus

I have to say Georgia did an AMAZING job hosting, 100 times better than last year, it actually felt big, but still so cute and child friendly. Last year was quite a mess. Russia is a great winner, but my winner was the Netherlands, and in top 5 I had Belarus, Ireland, Macedonia and Russia:)

Jo
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Jo

Yes, I think they might want to prove that they can host the ESC. Bulgaria did the same. Malta definitely has to work on it.

Roelof Meesters
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Roelof Meesters

Russia- Perfect, everything screamed winner and this was a very deserved one. My tied first with Belarus. Georgia- Even tho his performance was amazing, I was soooo scared he was going to win. I was really happy to see Russia first, even though he was good too. Very overrated. Australia- Very deserved 3rd place, amazing vocals paired with an amazing song and performance, I was surprised Georgia beat this. The Netherlands- YAAAAAS MY COUNTRY IS 4TH. Really happy with our results, and what the hell juries, why 9th. I am really happy for Fource, their place was very much deserved.… Read more »

Roelof Meesters
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Roelof Meesters

I meant Finland 2017 with Ireland.

NickC
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NickC

Just like Meldfestivalen, the jury winners will win this year after year, as public votes does not have enough variation.

And I could not vote, as the website crashed for me too….

Timselvision
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Timselvision

But… the jury runner-up won, not their winner xD

Matthieu
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Matthieu

Misha was unbelievable, Armenia has again a good place. Congratulation Russia, Poilina deserve it !

brunowskii
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brunowskii

JESC 2017 was all about Soviet block voting….

JESC 2018 with maximum 12 countries. It will be.

beccaboo1212
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Armenia, just like 2010!

Graph
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Graph

Claims of block voting in JESC are problematic when considering that the majority of the countries are Eastern to start with.

Graph
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Graph

Well after doing a count, this year it’s closer to half-Western and half-Eastern in JESC, but nevertheless, Georgia and Russia got a lot of points from both regions so I don’t think the results can be attributed to block voting.

beccaboo1212
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I’m still hoping for Armenia to participate next year, as well as Bulgaria’s comeback.

brunowskii
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brunowskii

THE WORLD voted for Malta and The Netherlands… not only the kids

brunowskii
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brunowskii

Malta and The Netherlands were blatantly stolen…. shame on you JESC 2017. . .

Jury was obsviouly bought

Thank God it won’t be in Russia next year

Graph
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Graph

From a musical standpoint, it is quite understandable that Russia and Georgia had more jury appeal than The Netherlands and Malta.

To be fair, before the show I thought that Malta might get the juries on board, but the live performance was a tiny bit annoying to be honest.

But I don’t see any anomalies in the results big enough to justify conspiracy theories.

Frisian esc
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Frisian esc

No, i expect they’ll just ask russia to host jesc 2019 pre handedly

Robyn Gallagher
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Malta got a low jury score and a high televote score! Up is down! Black is white! Dogs are cats! :O

kai
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kai

why you´re so childish?…

Graph
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Graph

I don’t think it’s accurate to say that juries “crucify” Russia in the adult contest. Looking back a recent entries:

2016: Did we really expect juries to fall in love with that made-for-Eurovision act?

2015: If I remember correctly Russia did well with juries.

2014: Almost nobody liked Russia’s song pre-contest. Juries ranked it something like 14th which was remarkable.

Lena
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Lena

i am shocked that Cyprus came last.
I believe that Cyprus should withdraw from this competition completely
It just don’t worth it and is a waste of money

SpirK
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SpirK

A thorougly deserved winner, was my 1st all along and tonight she nailed it. Really odd results though, with the jury and public in a very large disagreement. I didn’t manage to vote today, as the site was crashed from the end of the recap until the closing of the voting. Had I voted, I would’ve voted for Russia, Armenia, Italy, Ukraine and Ireland. Not very disappointed cause I voted for the exact same songs on Friday. Thoughts on each one: – Cyprus: Expected it, not a bad performance but it got overshadowed. – Poland: Flawless vocal, started liking it… Read more »

beccaboo1212
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Hopefully the new voting system gets fixed next year. Either way, congratulations, Russia! 😀

Ron
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Ron

1) Very very happy with Russia’s victory. Sure, the song is not original (very Sia-like), but her performance was superb and overall was the strongest act of the night. 2) Georgia again won the jury vote thanks to the vocal abilities of the act they sent. Vocally, it was definitely the strong act of the night, but the song doesn’t have much of an appeal which explains the low viewer rating. 3) The dutch televote victory can purely be explained by the fan vote of little girls who were crashing on the four ken dolls. Vocally, that was one of… Read more »

rasmus
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rasmus

My top 5 before the voting was 1.Netherlands2.Russia3.Australia4.Georgia.5Ukraine so kind of happy. The diaspora from Poland and Armenia didnt happen. I actually kind of liked Armenia on the night so you can change your mind so 6th was great for them :). The Jury didnt like Netherlands that much and the worst of the night was Cyprus. I feel bad for Ireland but i saw it coming with that performance. The new voting was not the worst but not the best either. Armenia,Georgia,Russias 12 points was very the same…. Ireland 12 points for Poland? strange. And Italy 12 points for… Read more »

beccaboo1212
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Can’t wait to see Armenia next year in Belarus! 😀

Shellydaliie
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Shellydaliie

Was I happy that Russia won? Yes I felt that Russia,Belarus,Netherlands and Australia were excellent but Portugal wasn’t crap and Ireland wasn’t boring . I think the result was ok and everyone should be proud. These are children and I think it was very good in general. Personally bot a big fan of Malta or Ukraine’s song but cheering that all the songs you didn’t like came low in votes is pretty pathetic imo , well done to everyone ?

Shellydaliie
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Shellydaliie

Suppose to be not and ! At the end

Polegend Godgarina
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Polegend Godgarina

In other words: that online voting was useless, unfair and problematic. Bring back the televote, or don’t bother at all.

beccaboo1212
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Hopefully the real televoting comes back next year. 😉

Hada
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Hada

Well that was a hot mess. I wonder what would’ve happened if the website had actually worked during voting.

I felt like I was watching two different contests at the same time, one for children and one for teens trying to be adults.

I voted for Portugal, Ireland, Malta, Serbia, and Italy.