The day is finally upon us. In just a few hours, all eyes will be on Warsaw, Poland, where the entries of 12 competing countries will be presented for Junior Eurovision 2020. Only one act will walk away with the trophy and our readers think this should be Spain’s Soleá.

On Friday, we asked you to tell us who you’d voted for through the online voting system of this year’s contest. We counted a total of 3,222 votes and it was a closely fought result.

In the end, it was Soleá from Spain who inched ahead of the competition with her song “Palante” and is your favourite to win Junior Eurovision 2020.

Spain’s Soleá a favourite to win Junior Eurovision 2020 with “Palante”

Soleá picked up 571 votes for her entry “Palante”, which is 17.72% of the total. The Spanish star was also a favourite amongst the Wiwi Jury. There’s definitely momentum behind Soleá and many will be wondering if she can bring Spain their second win at Junior Eurovision following their last victory in 2004.

While this poll is perhaps a small sample compared to the number of people who will vote in the actual contest, it may suggest that Spain will be a favourite of the public vote. We only have to wait a few hours to find out.

Finishing in second place is Valentina from France. Her song “J’imagine” received 498 votes – that’s 15.18% of the total. Valentina was fourth in our preview poll, but since the reveal of her bright and colourful staging snippet, the French singer has increasingly gained extra support. No doubt she’ll be hoping this support will continue to build and help her lift the trophy this afternoon.

Staying steady in third position in both our preview poll and current poll is Belarus’ Arina Pehtereva. You awarded her song “Aliens” 371 votes (11.51% of the total). Arina has been a consistent favourite amongst fans since the release of her entry and could be on track to give Belarus another strong finish at Junior Eurovision.

The rest of the top five was rounded off by two countries that have risen up the rankings  compared to our preview poll following the release of rehearsal videos.

In fourth place is Karakat Bashanova from Kazakhstan. She’s serving angelic white in her performance and this seems to have resonated with voters, who gave her 348 votes (10.8%). Perhaps Karakat could be the dark horse of the competition to snatch the victory.

Fifth position goes to Dutch girl-group Unity, with “Best Friends” earning 258 votes (8.01%). The girls from the Netherlands are bringing fun and positivity to the Junior Eurovision stage and this is something that everyone can get behind.

Full results: Who have you voted for in Junior Eurovision 2020?

  1. Spain: Soleá – “Palante” – 17.72% (571 votes)
  2. France: Valentina – “J’imagine” – 15.18% (489 votes)
  3. Belarus: Arina Pehtereva – “Aliens” – 11.51% (371 votes)
  4. Kazakhstan: Karakat Bashanova – “Forever” – 10.8% (348 votes)
  5. Netherlands: Unity – “Best Friends” – 8.01% (258 votes)
  6. Georgia: Sandra Gadelia – “You Are Not Alone” – 7.2% (232 votes)
  7. Poland: Ala Tracz – “I’ll Be Standing” – 6.7% (216 votes)
  8. Germany: Susan – “Stronger With You” – 6.3% (203 votes)
  9. Ukraine: Oleksandr Balabanov – “Vidkryvai (Open Up)” – 5.59% (180 votes)
  10. Serbia: Petar Aničić – “Heartbeat” – 4.93% (159 votes)
  11. Malta: Chanel Monseigneur – “Chasing Sunsets” – 4% (129 votes)
  12. Russia: Sofia Feskova – “My New Day” – 2.05% (66 votes)

Total Votes: 3,222

Of course, the official voting hasn’t actually closed yet. You have until just before the live show, 16:59 CET to be precise, to cast your vote in the first phase. The second round of voting takes place during the live broadcast and will be open for 15 minutes once all countries have performed.

Additionally, the public vote only makes up half of the total score. The professional juries, comprised of children and adults, will also have their say. The jury vote and public vote will then be combined together, counting for 50% of the total each.

All there is do now is sit back and enjoy the show. We wish all of this year’s contestants the best of luck – you’re all champions in our eyes!

What do you make of the poll results? Do you think Soleá will be crowned the winner this afternoon? Where will you be watching the show? Sound off in the comments!

Read the lyrics of the Junior Eurovision 2020 songs here

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Navi
Navi
1 month ago

– France, you have won Junior Eurovision Song Contest. At what cost?
– Breaking the EBU rules.

esc1234
esc1234
1 month ago

So embarassing to read comments than france did a playback. Stop being bitter spanish people lol

Michu
Michu
1 month ago
Reply to  esc1234

How can people be unable to hear playback? It’s extremely frustrating. France was 100% playback, Russia too and Belarus I think did sing a bit in the beginning live, then all playback. It drives me crazy when people can’t hear. Same with autotune, which goes unnoticed by most, but luckily wasn’t used here.

Alex
Alex
1 month ago
Reply to  Michu

Stop it, you’re embarassing yourself. It’s a contest for kids for christ’s sake, stop writing negative comments.

The backing vocals can be pre-recorded, that’s very well known.

To Spanish fans: i love you, you’re very passionate but please stop it, it’s embarassing. Don’t be a bad loser like Trump 🙂

Jose
Jose
1 month ago
Reply to  Alex
Jose
Jose
1 month ago
Reply to  esc1234

This vid can clarify you certain things about 3 countries that competed doing playback. Please enjoy!
https://youtu.be/wu5OPNT32d8

Michu
Michu
1 month ago

100% playback won WTF????

Briekimchi
Briekimchi
1 month ago

France, Belarus and Russia are in the mix for me but, seriously, I can’t pick past Kazakhstan after that.

LawStudent
LawStudent
1 month ago

So I’m watching the show and I don’t really sense much of a difference. If it wasn’t for the continuous reminder through the postcards and the fact that the audience is socially distanced and wearing masks, the identical stages in each country makes it seem like a single uniform Eurovision. This is a good test for what is likely to come from The Netherlands in 2021.

Also: France nailed it!

Jonas
Jonas
1 month ago

France should be the clear winner – a song actually written for children, and quite a good one too. I don’t care how talented the other singers are, their songs were so boring.

Una
Una
1 month ago
Reply to  Jonas

Agreed. And their staging was amazing. The best IMO but Ala’s dress from white to red was bonkers!

Jonas
Jonas
1 month ago
Reply to  Una

Yay, obviously other people agreed with us too.

Grft
Grft
1 month ago

Okay some performances were really in playback. Why, EBU? How could you let that happen? This is unfair… plus we know that all the singers are great singers. I dont understand

Joe
Joe
1 month ago

Final vote’s for France, Kazakhstan, and one last sympathy vote for Germany. I’m not worried about Spain.

Hector
Hector
1 month ago

So basically we heard playback in both France and Belarus. I wish I knew why that happened…

Joe
Joe
1 month ago
Reply to  Hector

Some people can really sing! Doesn’t necessarily mean playback.

Hector
Hector
1 month ago
Reply to  Joe

Of course not, in fact I am sure they did an amazing job with the performances. But the clips we’ve been shown, I firmly believe those were not live vocals, just because it sounds so similar – if not exactly the same – as the studio cut.
If they turn out to be the actual live vocals, mad props to those girls for absolutely nailing it. But as for now, I think those were the studio cuts

MartyMcCu
MartyMcCu
1 month ago
Reply to  Hector

France and Belarus were live performances. Belarus didn’t cheat they had a sound/voice amplifier on her mike which is allowed. Only the backing singers are pre-recorded. Expect this to happen next May. You have to remember the crew and the competing artists recorded and recorded and recorded and recorded until they sent the best version of a live tape. The French girl is part of group called Kids United, they all are vocally excellent . Flawless. Don’t expect them to record a tape and just send it. Some people here are being too influenced from the likes of a particular… Read more »

Briekimchi
Briekimchi
1 month ago

Ukraine REALLY stands out. I liked the song before but this performance makes it even better. Very cool.

Joe
Joe
1 month ago
Reply to  Briekimchi

I liked it in the preview clip. Definitely stood out between the twin titan bops.

Una
Una
1 month ago
Reply to  Briekimchi

I am so glad others like Ukraine too!!

Joe
Joe
1 month ago

I haven’t been able to watch live but the possibility of Belarus using playback is one I’m going to give the benefit of the doubt while also saying I wouldn’t be shocked if they did either. I think in some cases maybe they’re just great live singers?

Joe
Joe
1 month ago
Reply to  Joe

(Let me clarify: I’m watching it live, muted, on my phone, while participating in a Zoom meeting on my computer)

Balint
Balint
1 month ago
Reply to  Joe

Belarus is obviously playback, unfortunately. :/ Arina is a great singer, but we can hear the autotune, and if you compare it to the studio version, it sounds exactly the same.

Last edited 1 month ago by Balint
Michu
Michu
1 month ago
Reply to  Joe

Great singers never sound like studio version, this is not how the physics work. Studio version is not just near-perfect vocals, it’s also lots of filters and volume correction. Arina did move back and forth in front of the mic and the sound was the same lol. Rule of thumb: if you think something is playback, it is. Especially for kids.

Frisian esc
Frisian esc
1 month ago

I like russia’s flying background whale. It’s like from the zelda game 😀

Joe
Joe
1 month ago
Reply to  Frisian esc

Or Yohanna…

Ashton
Ashton
1 month ago

I love Aliens but that rly sounded like playback……….

Grft
Grft
1 month ago

The playback of Belarus though… this is what I fear if we have a scenario D for ESC

Una
Una
1 month ago

Wow. Malta.

Briekimchi
Briekimchi
1 month ago
Reply to  Una

Performing between Georgia and Russia though…Ouch.

Una
Una
1 month ago
Reply to  Briekimchi

Malta was brilliant IMO. Totally under my radar before. Now in my top 3.

Frisian esc
Frisian esc
1 month ago

Also notice how it’s totally silent after every performance and when poland ended you suddenly heard a full crowd go whooooo! XD

Briekimchi
Briekimchi
1 month ago
Reply to  Frisian esc

That’s the sound that’s made when a country’s whole population online vote at the same time. 😉

Briekimchi
Briekimchi
1 month ago

Love that Georgia’s song is “You are not Alone” and Sandra is repeatedly shown sitting in a room on her lonesome in her green room shot.

Frisian esc
Frisian esc
1 month ago

I’m a little bit confused. Belarus still playback? It almost has to be… i’ve never heard this kind of live singing..

For the rest very awesome performances until now!

Last edited 1 month ago by Frisian esc
Una
Una
1 month ago
Reply to  Frisian esc

I thought Belarus and the Netherlands were playback. But Arina had the ear things so I am not sure. In the case of the Netherlands it was quite obvious.

Joe
Joe
1 month ago
Reply to  Una

The Netherlands wouldn’t do that. They play fair.

Joe
Joe
1 month ago

I said it before, I’ll say it again: the way all the sets match up is BONKERS. These first five performances have been broadcast from five different countries and they look EXACTLY THE SAME. The EBU and the broadcasters involved in this show are to be seriously commended, and it gives me hope that if Eurovision has to be pulled off in this manner next year, they could totally do it.

Joe
Joe
1 month ago

One of Spain, France, or Kazakhstan would make a worthy winner to me, maybe Poland too.

Eurovision fan
Eurovision fan
1 month ago

I think Poland will win

Nobody Important
Nobody Important
1 month ago

I’m more worried for juries votes then online. All of us know how will the online voting basically look like. I don’t know what to expect from the juries. They are always unpredictable!

Linus
Linus
1 month ago

Are we REALLY suprised Russia and Belarus had playback? 2 most corrupt countries in Europe ALWAYS cheat in everything.

Whisker
Whisker
1 month ago
Reply to  Linus

They can cheat only of the rules require a live performance. I don’t know what the rules say to be honest.

Ashton
Ashton
1 month ago
Reply to  Linus

With the amount that you complain about people being Swedenphobic you sure are being prejudiced against Belarus and Russia.

Nate
Nate
1 month ago

Seems like France, Russia and Belarus used playback yesterday so how is that fair and even allowed?

Una
Una
1 month ago

My prediction even though my fave of all is Ukraine:

  • jury vote winner: Georgia
  • televote winner: France

The overall winner will probably … (song is good and they have money for next year’s contest) or … (infrastructure for the big contest and why not have same country winning both in the space of few years).
I am definitely ready for some shocking result y’all. Contest starts in less than three hours!!!

Oriol99
Oriol99
1 month ago

Seems that yesterday the jury saw the perfomances of France, Belarus and Russia in playback… ok, this is insane and so unfair, not only for other countries, but those three too….. Seems that, in France case, they recorded originally all live as Valentina said in social media, i hope… i don’t want anyone to be harmed so I hope this is not the country’s fault
BTW, everybody good luck, spread love no hate, and enjoy the only Eurovision we have this year

Grft
Grft
1 month ago
Reply to  Oriol99

What are your sources about the jury seeing these performances in playback?

Esc addict
Esc addict
1 month ago
Reply to  Oriol99

Give us a break with these stupid things enjoy the show and stop with these useless dramas.

Last edited 1 month ago by Esc addict
Joe
Joe
1 month ago
Reply to  Esc addict

Conspiracy theory bullsh*t

Mikey
Mikey
1 month ago

Vamos solea!