List of Junior Eurovision Song Contest winners

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Left: Ksenia Sitnik, Belarusian winner at Junior Eurovision 2005. Center: Bzikebi, the winning artists from Georgia at Junior Eurovision 2008. Right: Gaia Cauchi from Malta, winner of Junior Eurovision 2013, in Kiev, Ukraine

The Junior Eurovision Song Contest is an annual contest organized between member countries of the European Broadcasting Union for children aged between 9 and 14 (8 and 15 between 2003 and 2006, 10 and 15 between 2007 and 2015). This junior contest has been broadcast every year since its debut in 2003, and is based on the senior version entitled Eurovision Song Contest, one of the longest-running television programmes in the world since the debut in 1956. The contest's winner has been determined using numerous voting techniques throughout its history; centre to these have been the awarding of points to countries by juries or televoters. The country awarded the most points is declared the winner.

There have been 15 contests, with one winner each year. Ten different countries have won the Junior Eurovision Song Contest. A song from Croatia won the first contest in 2003.[1] The country with the highest number of wins is Georgia, with three wins.[2][3] Macedonia is the country with the longest history in the contest without a win having made twelve appearances since their debut in 2003.

Winning the Junior Eurovision Song Contest provides an opportunity for the winning artist(s) to capitalise on their success and surrounding publicity by launching or furthering their international career. Some artists from Junior Eurovision have progressed later in their careers to participate in national selection finals for the senior Eurovision Song Contest, including Molly Sandén who represented Sweden in 2006 and later took part in the 2009, 2012 and 2016 Melodifestivalen.[4] Nevena Božović represented Serbia in the Eurovision Song Contest 2013 as part of Moje 3 and became the first contestant to compete in the Eurovision Song Contest after competing in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest, where she came third in 2007.[5] The Tolmachevy Sisters are the second contestants to do so, participating (and placing 7th) in the Eurovision Song Contest 2014 after winning the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2006 with their entry, "Vesenniy Jazz" (English: Spring Jazz, Cyrillic: Весенний Джаз).[6]

List of winners[edit]

By contest[edit]

Year Date Host city Winner Song Performer Points Margin Runner-up
2003 15 November Denmark Copenhagen  Croatia "Ti si moja prva ljubav" Dino Jelusić 134 9  Spain
2004 20 November Norway Lillehammer  Spain "Antes muerta que sencilla" María Isabel 171 31  United Kingdom
2005 26 November Belgium Hasselt  Belarus "My vmeste" (Мы вместе) Ksenia Sitnik 149 3  Spain
2006 2 December Romania Bucharest  Russia "Vesenniy Jazz" (Весенний джаз) Tolmachevy Sisters 154 25  Belarus
2007 8 December Netherlands Rotterdam  Belarus "S druz'yami" (С друзьями) Alexey Zhigalkovich 137 1  Armenia
2008 22 November Cyprus Limassol  Georgia "Bzz.." Bzikebi 154 19  Ukraine
2009 21 November Ukraine Kiev  Netherlands "Click Clack" Ralf Mackenbach 121 5  Armenia
 Russia
2010 20 November Belarus Minsk  Armenia "Mama" (Մամա) Vladimir Arzumanyan 120 1  Russia
2011 3 December Armenia Yerevan  Georgia "Candy Music" CANDY 108 5  Netherlands
2012 1 December Netherlands Amsterdam  Ukraine "Nebo" (Небо) Anastasiya Petryk 138 35  Georgia
2013 30 November Ukraine Kiev  Malta "The Start" Gaia Cauchi 130 9  Ukraine
2014 15 November Malta Malta1  Italy "Tu primo grande amore" Vincenzo Cantiello 159 12  Bulgaria
2015 21 November Bulgaria Sofia Malta Malta "Not My Soul" Destiny Chukunyere 185 9  Armenia
2016 20 November Malta Valletta  Georgia "Mzeo" (მზეო) Mariam Mamadashvili 239 7  Armenia
2017 26 November Georgia (country) Tbilisi  Russia "Wings" Polina Bogusevich 188 3  Georgia
2018 25 November Belarus Minsk
Notes
1.^ Although the venue itself is located in Marsa, Malta, the Junior Eurovision Executive Supervisor, Vladislav Yakovlev stated on 18 December 2013 that there would be "no host city - but a host island".[7]

By language[edit]

Map showing each country's number of Junior Eurovision Song Contest wins

Since the contest began in 2003, all nations competing must sing in the national language (or national languages) of the country being represented. However, they can have a few lines in a different language.

Wins Language Years Countries
4 Russian 2005, 2006, 2007, 2017 Belarus, Russia
3 English 2013, 2015, 2017 Malta, Russia
2 Georgian 2011, 2016 Georgia
1 Croatian 2003 Croatia
Spanish 2004 Spain
Imaginary 2008 Georgia
Dutch 2009[N 1] Netherlands[N 1]
Armenian 2010 Armenia
Ukrainian 2012[N 1] Ukraine[N 1]
Italian 2014[N 1] Italy[N 1]

By country[edit]

The table below shows the top-three placings from each contest, along with the years that a country won the contest.

Country 1st, gold medalist(s) 2nd, silver medalist(s) 3rd, bronze medalist(s) Total Years won
 Georgia 3 2 0 5 2008, 2011, 2016
 Russia 2 2 0 4 2006, 2017
 Belarus 2 1 2 5 2005, 2007
 Malta 2 0 0 2 2013, 2015
 Armenia 1 4 2 7 2010
 Spain 1 2 0 3 2004
 Ukraine 1 2 0 3 2012
 Netherlands 1 1 0 2 2009
 Croatia 1 0 1 2 2003
 Italy 1 0 1 2 2014
 United Kingdom 0 1 1 2 NA
 Bulgaria 0 1 0 1
 Serbia 0 0 2 2
 Norway 0 0 1 1
 Sweden 0 0 1 1
 Lithuania 0 0 1 1
 Slovenia 0 0 1 1
 Australia 0 0 1 1

Ranking[edit]

Place Country Winner Runner up Third place Best place
1  Georgia 3 2 0
2  Russia 2 2 0
3  Belarus 2 1 2
4  Malta 2 0 0
5  Armenia 1 4 2
6  Spain 1 2 0
7  Ukraine 1 2 0
8  Netherlands 1 1 0
9  Croatia 1 0 1
10  Italy 1 0 1
11  United Kingdom 0 1 1
12  Bulgaria 0 1 0
13  Serbia 0 0 2
14  Norway 0 0 1
15  Sweden 0 0 1
16  Lithuania 0 0 1
17  Slovenia 0 0 1
18  Australia 0 0 1
19  Romania 0 0 0 4
20  Denmark 0 0 0 4
21  Belgium 0 0 0 4
22  Macedonia 0 0 0 5
23  Albania 0 0 0 5
24  France 0 0 0 6
25  Greece 0 0 0 6
26  Moldova 0 0 0 6
27  Azerbaijan 0 0 0 7
28  Cyprus 0 0 0 8
29  Israel 0 0 0 8
30  Poland 0 0 0 8
31  Latvia 0 0 0 9
32  San Marino 0 0 0 10
33  Ireland 0 0 0 10
34  Serbia and Montenegro 0 0 0 13
35  Montenegro 0 0 0 13
36  Portugal 0 0 0 14
37   Switzerland 0 0 0 16

See also[edit]

Notes and references[edit]

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f This song was partially sung in English.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2003". European Broadcasting Union. Retrieved 10 December 2013. 
  2. ^ "Junior Eurovision Song Contest - Belarus". European Broadcasting Union. Retrieved 10 December 2013. 
  3. ^ "Junior Eurovision Song Contest - Georgia". European Broadcasting Union. Retrieved 10 December 2013. 
  4. ^ "Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2006 - About Molly Sandén". European Broadcasting Union. Retrieved 10 December 2013. 
  5. ^ Waddell, Nathan (3 March 2013). "Moje 3 win the ticket to Malmö!". escXtra. Archived from the original on 2 May 2013. Retrieved 27 April 2013. 
  6. ^ "Junior Eurovision Song Contest - Russia". European Broadcasting Union. Retrieved 3 July 2014. 
  7. ^ Fisher, Luke (18 December 2013). "Malta to host Junior Eurovision 2014". junioreurovision.tv. European Broadcasting Union. Retrieved 6 July 2014. Junior Eurovision 2014 will be unique in that there will not be a designated ‘host city’ for the event. Instead, it has been decided that the entire island of Malta will the host of Junior Eurovision 2014!