The time is almost here. 20 acts have been rehearsing all week inside Minsk Arena, and in a matter of hours we’ll know who will be crowned as the champion of Junior Eurovision 2018.
Earlier this week we asked you who your favourites were and we got an influx of responses. 11,586 to be exact.
It was close at the top, with three countries receiving over 1,200 votes each.
However, the act who just managed to pull ahead following a surge of support in the middle of the week was Armenia’s L.E.V.O.N. His self-titled, trumpet-filled song “L.E.V.O.N” received 1,882 votes, or 16.24% of all those cast.
Following in second place is debutante country Kazakhstan. Many fans have been backing Daneliya Tuleshova to win with her soaring ballad “Òzińe Sen” and she received 1,618 votes (13.97%) in the poll here. Could the country be set to take home the trophy on their very first entry into the contest?
Not too far behind though, and still finishing on the podium, is Angélina from France. Her song “Jamais Sans Toi” gained a total of 1,247 votes (10.76%). The land of the Eiffel Tower (which will once again appear on the country’s LED backdrop) has certainly made a big impact on their return after 14 years. They reached sixth place on their debut — and previously only entry to the contest — in 2004. It seems y’all think they could have a chance of beating that this year.
Rounding out the top five is Poland’s Roksana Węgiel and her entry “Anyone I Want To Be”, and Darina Krasnovetska from Ukraine with “Say Love”. Both managed to earn over 880 votes.
Although this poll may have now closed, the vote that really matters has only just begun. The online voting platform for this year’s contest went live yesterday and you can now vote for three to five of your favourite countries, no matter where you live in the world and if your country is competing or not. Voting closes initially at 15:59 CET tomorrow, Sunday 25th, just before the live show at 16:00 CET, and will re-open again for 15 minutes during the show after all countries have performed.
Will the actual public vote resemble the results of our poll here? Only time will tell!
Full Poll Results
So who are you routing for in this year’s contest? Do you think the results of our poll will be replicated in the eventual public vote result? What are you most looking forward to about the contest? Let us know in the comments section below!
Photo credits: Andres Putting