All eyes were on Gliwice, Poland on Sunday 24 November for Junior Eurovision 2019. Now in its seventeenth year, the annual song contest was on Polish soil following Roksana Węgiel’s victory with “Anyone I Want To Be” in 2018. This was the first time that Poland hosted JESC.
And history was made, as Poland became the first country to win back-to-back Junior Eurovisions. Viki Gabor took victory with her contemporary environmental pop number “Superhero”.
The show was broadcast live from 16:00 CET. Viewers were able to watch on any participating broadcaster, although some networks air delayed coverage. The contest was also streamed online on the official Junior Eurovision YouTube channel. More viewing details are available here.
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- Participating Countries, Acts and Songs
- Running Order
- Bookmakers’ Odds and Favourites
- Song Lyrics
- Voting Rules
- Venue, Hosts and Slogan
- Opening and Interval Acts
- Schedule for Rehearsals, Opening Ceremony and More
Junior Eurovision 2019 Results
Poland won after topping the online vote and finishing second with the juries. Viki scored a total of 278 points. Kazakhstan finished second, after winning the jury vote. Spain finished second with the public and third with the juries, resulting in a combined third-place finish.
Junior Eurovision 2019 Participating Countries, Acts and Songs
Nineteen countries competed at Junior Eurovision 2019. Of that number, all competed in last year’s contest except for Spain. The Iberian nation returned after last appearing in 2006. Two of the 2018 line-up withdrew — Israel and Azerbaijan.
In alphabetical order, the list of entries for JESC 2019 was:
Albania: Isea Çili — “Mikja ime fëmijëri”
Armenia: Karina Ignatyan — “Colours of Your Dream”
Australia: Jordan Anthony — “We Will Rise”
Belarus: Liza Misnikova — “Pepelny (Ashen)”
France: Carla — “Bim bam toi”
Georgia: Giorgi Rostiashvili — “We Need Love”
Ireland: Anna Kearney — “Banshee”
Italy: Marta Viola — “La Voce Della Terra”
Kazakhstan: Yerzhan Maksim — “Armanyńnan qalma”
Malta: Eliana Gomez Blanco — “We Are More”
Netherlands: Matheu — “Dans met jou”
North Macedonia: Mila Moskov — “Fire”
Poland: Viki Gabor — “Superhero”
Portugal: Joana Almeida — “Vem comigo (Come with Me)”
Russia: Tatyana Mezhentseva and Denberel Oorzhak — “A Time for Us”
Serbia: Darija Vračević — “Podigni glas (Raise Your Voice)”
Spain: Melani García — “Marte”
Ukraine: Sophia Ivanko — “The Spirit of Music”
🏴 Wales: Erin Mai — “Calon yn Curo (Heart Beating)”
Junior Eurovision 2019 running order
The JESC 2019 running order draw took place on Tuesday 18 November. Australia was drawn to open the show and Serbia to close. Hosts Poland drew 11th place. You can find the full running order here.
Junior Eurovision 2019 Odds
Unlike the senior equivalent, there is not a major betting market for JESC. Many oddsmakers don’t take bets on underage events, while in some countries it is illegal to place bets on events which involve minors. As such, formal odds for Junior Eurovision 2019 are not readily available.
However, there are other ways to determine which songs are generating buzz.
On YouTube, the most-viewed JESC 2019 songs as of 23 November were:
- Poland: Viki Gabor — “Superhero” — 4 million
- France: Carla — “Bim bam toi” — 1.4 million
- Russia: Tatyana Mezhentseva and Denberel Oorzhak — “A Time for Us” — 1 million
- Armenia: Karina Ignatyan — “Colours of Your Dream” — 943,000
- Spain: Melani García — “Marte” — 756,00
The results of the wiwibloggs “Who should win Junior Eurovision 2019?” poll saw Russia emerge on top, followed by Serbia and Armenia.
The Wiwi Jury — our in-house panel of music unprofessionals — has also revealed its JESC 2019 favourites. Four jurors awarded France top marks, while North Macedonia received number one billing from two members. Poland, Armenia, Kazakhstan, Ireland, Spain and Georgia all got 12 points from one juror each. However, when all scores were combined, Poland proved to be the most popular with the group.
Junior Eurovision 2019 Lyrics
In contrast to Eurovision, there is a language rule in place at JESC. All songs must be written and sung in a national language of the participating country. The rules allow for a couple of lines to be performed in another language, with most countries opting to throw in some phrases of English.
Junior Eurovision 2019 Voting
The contest in Gliwice retained the voting system first implemented in 2017. The result was determined by a 50/50 split between national juries and an online audience vote.
The online vote opened on 22 November with a recap of rehearsal footage. Voting closed just before the show, briefly opening again once all 19 acts had performed. Voters from any country in the world could vote for a minimum of three entries and a maximum of five. Unlike Eurovision, there was nothing to stop you from voting for your own country.
Junior Eurovision 2019 Venue, Hosts and Slogan
With a capacity of 17,178, Gliwice Arena was home to the 2019 Junior contest. It is said to be one of the largest indoor venues in Poland.
The 2019 presenting team was a triple threat. Roksana Węgiel became the first former winner to host the contest. She was joined by local TV hosts Ida Nowakowska and Aleksander Sikora.
Junior Eurovision 2019 Slogan and Logo
The slogan was: “Share The Joy”
The JESC 2019 logo was a brightly coloured kite.
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According to organisers, the concept represented “freedom, light and shared joyous moments”. It demonstrates “how working together makes us better, stronger and can bring joy and happiness as we celebrate the beautiful things in life”.
Junior Eurovision 2019 — Intervals and Opening Acts
As well as hosting, Roxie also performed. The MTV EMA 2019 winner will reprised her JESC 2018 track “Anyone I Want To Be” and received an award for her new single going platinum.
As per tradition, all competing acts came together to sing the common song. This year’s tune was named after the slogan and composed by Poland’s Eurovision 2018 rep Gromee.
Junior Eurovision Schedule — Rehearsals and Opening Ceremony
The opening ceremony took place on Monday 18 November.
- First rehearsals began on Tuesday 19 November.
- Second rehearsals started on Thursday 21 November
- Dress rehearsal on Saturday 23 November
- Jury show on Saturday 23 November
- Live show on Sunday 24 November
Junior Eurovision 2019 Tickets
Ticket prices ranged from €5.70 for a level two ticket to €90.92 for a VIP package which included a meet and greet with Roxie.
Full details regarding ticket sales can be found on the official Junior Eurovision website.
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