On Sunday December 19, a grand total of 19 countries will compete for the title of Junior Eurovision 2021 champion. However, unlike its sister contest in May, voting is open before the live show, meaning fans can vote for their favourites in advance.
Here’s everything you need to know about how to vote at Junior Eurovision 2021.
Junior Eurovision 2021 online voting
Whether you’re in Brazil, Morocco, London or Ibiza, you can vote in Junior Eurovision 2021. Voting is open to anyone in the world with an internet connection and a device capable of logging on.
It is not possible to vote via via phone or text. To vote, fans must visit the official Junior Eurovision website — junioreurovision.tv or www.jesc.tv. There, users can watch previews of all 19 entries and subsequently vote for their favourites.
Viewers can vote for three acts. No geographic restrictions apply, meaning unlike in the main contest, viewers can vote for their own country if they wish to do so.
But when can you vote?
Junior Eurovision 2021 online vote: Phase 1 — Friday December 17
The first phase of voting begins at 20:00 CET on Friday December 17. This round of voting will stay open throughout Saturday, closing at 16:59 CET on Sunday December 19 — just before the opening credits roll.
Each voter needs to choose three songs to cast a valid vote. Voting for your own country is allowed.
Junior Eurovision 2021 Online Vote: Phase 2 — Sunday December 19
The second round of voting takes place during the live broadcast. The window will open after the last country has performed and will last for approximately 15 minutes.
Again, the international audience can vote for three countries, including their own.
These votes will be tallied and converted into points and revealed during the results sequence of the show.
You can vote a total of two times — once during Phase 1 and again during Phase 2.
How is the Junior Eurovision 2021 result calculated?
Just like its sister contest, the Junior Eurovision results are determined by an equal 50/50 split between the public and professional juries.
The JESC 2021 juries will include three music industry professionals and two children aged ten to 15. They’ll dish out a total of 1,102 points (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 10, 12 points times 19 participating countries).
The audience will also have 1,102 points to allocate. However, the distribution will be based on the percentage of points received. The official Junior Eurovision 2020 Media Briefing document gives the following example:
If a song gets 20% of the votes, it receives 20% of the available points (20% from 1,102 points = 220 points).
The country with the most points at the end of the night will be crowned the winner of Junior Eurovision 2021 and take home the crystal microphone trophy.