The sixteenth Junior Eurovision Song Contest saw a record breaking 20 countries take to the stage in Minsk. Portugal’s Rita Laranjeira had us reaching for our phones. Italy’s Melissa & Marco pulled at our heartstrings. And Australia’s Jael made us all feel like champions.
Unfortunately, and despite all the immense talent on display, only one act could win. This year’s honour goes to Roskana from Poland with her song “Anyone I Want to Be”.
Junior Eurovision 2018 Winner: Roksana with “Anyone I Want to Be”
Providing a solid and sophisticated stage show accompanied by impeccable vocals, Poland’s Roksana brought a message of empowerment to the screens of Europe and beyond. The camera angles worked, the visuals were on point and the scenography elevated the performance to another level.
The song also brought a new note to Junior Eurovision — and indeed Eurovision — with its pop-rock sound that melded girl power with just the right amount of grit. This isn’t a teeny bopper pop number, nor is it a hardcore rock anthem. It tows a line between the two to great effect. That alone makes it a very deserving winner of Junior Eurovision 2018.
Junior Eurovision 2018 Results
Jael form Australia, who came third overall, managed to win the jury vote earning top marks from 6 countries.
Ukraine gave 12 points to Australia
Portugal gave 12 points to Australia
Netherlands gave 12 points to Australia
Belarus gave 12 points to Australia
Italy gave 12 points to Australia
Wales gave 12 points to Australia
Russia gave 12 points to Georgia
Ireland gave 12 points to Georgia
Israel gave 12 points to Georgia
Kazakhstan gave 12 points to F.Y.R Macedonia
Serbia gave 12 points to F.Y.R Macedonia
Australia gave 12 points to Malta
Georgia gave 12 points to Malta
Albania gave 12 points to France
Malta gave 12 points to France
Azerbaijan gave 12 points to Russia
France gave 12 points to Poland
F.Y.R Macedonia gave 12 points to Italy
Armenia gave 12 points to Belarus
Poland gave 12 points to Ukraine
The EBU has confirmed that it received a record of 1,283,921 votes.
Televoters did not agree with the jury. They ranked the jury’s Top 3 — Australia, Malta and Georgia — down in ninth, twelfth and fourteenth.
|6.||The Netherlands||68 points|
|16.||F.Y.R Macedonia||35 points|
A few days before the contest, we launched our own poll here on Wiwibloggs with Armenia coming out on top followed by Kazakhstan, France, Poland and Ukraine. Interestingly, the Wiwi poll managed to predict which countries would be in the top 5 exactly (albeit in a slightly different order).
Keeping with the voting mechanism from last year’s contest, JESC officials opened the voting a few days before the show began. On Friday, after all countries had completed their second rehearsals, fans all over the world were invited to cast their votes. After sitting through a short recap of all the performances, fans were able to vote for either 3, 4 or 5 entries of their choice. If they needed more convincing, longer snippets of each participants stage-show were available.
The first wave of voting lasted up until the live show began, during which fans could vote once per device for their favourite acts. As soon as all countries had had their performance, the voting was open for a second round for 15 minutes, giving fans another opportunity to voice their opinion on the contest.
All of the results were announced during the show with the jury results being revealed first followed by the online votes being combined with them, ultimately producing a country’s total score.
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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