The final of the popular international song contest was held on the evening of November 25 in the capital of Belarus at the Minsk-Arena. According to the results of the professional jury and online voting of TV viewers, Roxana Węgiel of Poland scored 215 points (79 + 136). The jury gave the first place to Jael from Australia, and as a result of voting by the audience, Roxana Vengel took the first place.
Roxane is 13 years old, she is the winner of the first season of The Voice Kids Poland. In addition to singing, she practices acrobatics, judo, and dancing. Roxanne’s talent for singing was revealed almost by accident – in karaoke, where the girl came with her judo friends.
Her first single, Zyj (Live), scored more than 8 million views on YouTube, and she has over two hundred thousand subscribers on social networks. Roxana is now working on her debut album.
Poland won Junior Eurovision for the first time. True, the representatives of this country only the fifth time participated in this competition. Poland exhibited the contestants in 2003 and 2004, and then ignored the Junior Eurovision until 2016.
The representative of Belarus, Daniel Yastremsky, was only 11th, gaining a total of 114 points. 12 points were assigned to the Belarusian performer by Armenia, 10 points each – Azerbaijan, Malta and Portugal, 8 points – the Netherlands.
And this is what the first ten of the Junior Eurovision-2018 looks like:
- Poland. Roxana Wengel – 215
- France. Angelina – 203
- Australia. Jael – 201
- Ukraine. Darina Krasnovetskaya – 182
- Malta. Ela Mangion – 181
- Kazakhstan. Danelia Tuleshova – 171
- Italy. Melissa & Marco – 151
- Georgia. Tamar Edilashvili – 144
- Armenia. L.E.V.O.N – 125
- Russia. Anna Filipchuk – 122
In total, this year’s competition was attended by representatives from 20 countries. This is the most popular Junior Eurovision Song Contest for all the years of its holding. For the first time, Wales and Kazakhstan took part in the competition.
Belarus hosted the Junior Eurovision final for the second time. For the first time, this happened in 2010. Then Armenia won.
Georgia remains the leader in victories in Junior Eurovision: representatives of this country became the best in 2008 (Bzikebi group), in 2011 (Candy group) and in 2016 (Mariam Mamadashvili). Belarus (2005, 2007) and Malta (2013, 2015) won twice.