List of Junior Eurovision Song Contest winners

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 Eurovision Song Contest, one of the longest-running television programmes in the world since its debut in 1956. The contest's winner has been determined using numerous voting techniques throughout its history; centre to these have been points awarded through jury voting or public voting. The country awarded the most points is declared the winner.

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

As of 2020, eighteen contests have been held, with one winner each year. Twelve different countries have won the Junior Eurovision Song Contest. Seven have won the contest once: Armenia, Croatia, France, Italy, Spain, Ukraine, and the Netherlands. Four have won the contest twice: Belarus, Malta, Poland (first country to win back to back) and Russia. The country with the highest number of wins is Georgia, with three wins. Both Croatia and Italy achieved their wins on their debut participation in the contest. Macedonia is the country with the longest history in the contest without a win, having made fifteen 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 Eurovision Song Contest, including Molly Sandén who represented Sweden in 2006 and later took part in the 2009, 2012 and 2016 editions of Melodifestivalen.[1] 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.[2] 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).[3]

Unlike with the Eurovision Song Contest, until 2012, it was not tradition that the previous winning country hosts the next edition of the contest. This tradition has been applied though since 2013, with only the 2015 and 2018 editions being held in a different country than the previous winner.

Winners by yearEdit

Year Host city Date No. contestants Winner Song Performer(s) Language Points
2003   Copenhagen 15 November 16   Croatia "Ti si moja prva ljubav" Dino Jelusić Croatian 134
2004   Lillehammer 20 November 18   Spain "Antes muerta que sencilla" María Isabel Spanish 171
2005   Hasselt 26 November 16   Belarus "My vmeste" (Мы вместе) Ksenia Sitnik Russian 149
2006   Bucharest 2 December 15   Russia "Vesenniy jazz" (Весенний джаз) Tolmachevy Sisters Russian 154
2007   Rotterdam 8 December 17   Belarus "S druz'yami" (С друзьями) Alexey Zhigalkovich Russian 137
2008   Limassol 22 November 15   Georgia "Bzz.." Bzikebi Imaginary 154
2009   Kiev 21 November 13   Netherlands "Click Clack" Ralf Mackenbach Dutch, English 121
2010   Minsk 20 November 14   Armenia "Mama" (Մամա) Vladimir Arzumanyan Armenian 120
2011   Yerevan 3 December 13   Georgia "Candy Music" CANDY Georgian 108
2012   Amsterdam 1 December 12   Ukraine "Nebo" (Небо) Anastasiya Petryk Ukrainian, English 138
2013   Kiev 30 November 12   Malta "The Start" Gaia Cauchi English 130
2014   Marsa 15 November 16   Italy "Tu primo grande amore" Vincenzo Cantiello Italian, English 159
2015   Sofia 21 November 17   Malta "Not My Soul" Destiny Chukunyere English 185
2016   Valletta 20 November 17   Georgia "Mzeo" (მზეო) Mariam Mamadashvili Georgian 239
2017   Tbilisi 26 November 16   Russia "Wings" Polina Bogusevich Russian, English 188
2018   Minsk 25 November 20   Poland "Anyone I Want to Be" Roksana Węgiel Polish, English 215
2019   Gliwice 24 November 19   Poland "Superhero" Viki Gabor Polish, English 278
2020   Warsaw 29 November 12   France "J'imagine" Valentina French 200

Winners by countryEdit

 
Map showing each country's number of Junior Eurovision Song Contest wins (by color)
Wins Country Years
3   Georgia
2   Belarus
  Russia
  Malta
  Poland
1
  Croatia 2003
  Spain 2004
  Netherlands 2009
  Armenia 2010
  Ukraine 2012
  Italy 2014
  France 2020

Winners by languageEdit

Since the contest began in 2003, all nations competing must sing in the national language (or national languages) of the country being represented, with at least 60% of the song having to be in a national language of the country.

Wins Language Years Countries
8 English 2009,[a] 2012,[b] 2013, 2014,[c] 2015, 2017,[d] 2018,[e] 2019[e] Netherlands, Ukraine, Malta, Italy, Russia, Poland
4 Russian 2005, 2006, 2007, 2017[f] Belarus, Russia
2 Georgian 2011, 2016 Georgia
Polish 2018,[f] 2019[f] Poland
1 Croatian 2003 Croatia
Spanish 2004 Spain
Imaginary 2008 Georgia
Dutch 2009[f] Netherlands
Armenian 2010 Armenia
Ukrainian 2012[f] Ukraine
Italian 2014[f] Italy
French 2020 France
  1. ^ This song was partially sung in Dutch.
  2. ^ This song was partially sung in Ukrainian.
  3. ^ This song was partially sung in Italian.
  4. ^ This song was partially sung in Russian.
  5. ^ a b This song was partially sung in Polish.
  6. ^ a b c d e f This song was partially sung in English.

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2006 - About Molly Sandén". European Broadcasting Union. Retrieved 10 December 2013.
  2. ^ 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.
  3. ^ "Junior Eurovision Song Contest - Russia". European Broadcasting Union. Retrieved 3 July 2014.