Junior Eurovision 2023 is only one week away. A total of 16 countries are now arriving in Nice, France, in preparation for rehearsals. They’re all hoping to claim the trophy on Sunday 26 November.
Some early favourites are now beginning to emerge. Once all of this year’s entries had been released, we asked you to vote for your top entries based solely on the studio cuts.
We collected a total of 6,656 votes, and now it’s time to reveal the results…
Spain’s Sandra Valero is an early JESC 2023 favourite
Coming out on pole position is Sandra Valero from Spain. The young star has captured the hearts of many with her cheerful pop song “Loviu”. She was the only act to earn more than 1,000 votes in the poll, picking up a total of 1,264 — that equates to 18.99% of all votes cast.
It’s been almost two decades since Spain last won Junior Eurovision (although they did take a 13 year break). Could Sandra be the one to bring the JESC trophy back to the Iberian nation?
Finishing in second place with our readers is Sep and Jasmijn. The Dutch duo are bringing a light-EDM dance party to Nice. Their song “Holding On To You” earned 959 votes, which is 14.41% of the total.
The Netherlands are the only country to have competed in every edition of Junior Eurovision. They’ve built up plenty of experience — maybe this is the year it all pays off and results in their second victory.
It was a close battle for third place in our poll. But in the end, North Macedonia was just pipped to the post by the United Kingdom.
Girl group STAND UNIQU3 take the bronze medal with their catchy tune “Back To Life”. Hayla, Maisie, and Yazmin picked up 781 votes (11.73%).
Full results: Which is your favourite song from Junior Eurovision 2023?
- Spain: Sandra Valero — “Loviu” — 18.99%, 1,264 votes
- Netherlands: Sep & Jasmijn — “Holding On To You” — 14.41%, 959 votes
- United Kingdom: STAND UNIQU3 — “Back To Life” — 11.73%, 781 votes
- North Macedonia: Tamara Grujeska — “Kaži Mi, Kaži Mi Koj” — 11.52%, 767 votes
- Armenia: Yan Girls — “Do It My Way” — 8.31%, 553 votes
- France: Zoé Clauzure — “Cœur” — 6.51%, 433 votes
- Germany: FIA — “Ohne Worte” — 5.57%, 371 votes
- Ireland: Jessica Mckean — “Aisling” — 3.79%, 252 votes
- Estonia: ARHANNA — “Hoiame Kokku” — 3.16%, 210 votes
- Georgia: Anastasia & Ranina — “Over The Sky” — 2.93%, 195 votes
- Albania: Viola Gjyzeli — “Bota Ime” — 2.84%, 189 votes
- Portugal: Júlia Machado — “Where I Belong” — 2.64%, 176 votes
- Ukraine: Anastasia Dymyd — “Kvitka” — 2.60%, 173 votes
- Poland: Maja Krzyżewska — “I Just Need A Friend” — 2.28%, 152 votes
- Malta: Yulan — “Stronger” — 1.53%, 102 votes
- Italy: Melissa & Ranya — “Un Mondo Giusto” — 1.19%, 79 votes
Total votes: 6,656
However, these results only tell half the story. Things could all change once we see the final performances and how each country presents their song on stage.
Online voting is set to open at the end of this week. When it does so, we’ll also open a flash poll and ask you to choose who you’ve officially voted for. This might be able to give us an insight into where the votes will be heading come Sunday afternoon.
Do you agree with the poll results? Will you be rooting for Sandra Valero at Junior Eurovision 2023, or do you have another favourite? Let us know in the comments below!