BELARUS – Poland won the 2018 Junior Eurovision Song Contest after an exciting voting in which France Malta and Australia proven to be hot favourites. Poland won the overall voting and the public voting while Australia fairly won the jury voting. Only 12 points way France ended up 2nd. It is the first time Poland achieves a victory in a Eurovision song event.
Roksana, or Roxie, Węgiel is a 13-year-old vocalist who won the first season of The Voice Kids Poland. She is a girl full of energy and always does what she believes in.
Before pursuing her career in singing, she trained acrobatics, judo and dance. But her biggest passion has always been singing and music. Roksana’s mature voice impressed her The Voice Kids Poland coach Edyta Górniak, who represented Poland at the Eurovision Song Contest in 1994: “I thought she was not real. I’m not sure whether Beyonce had such a strong voice as Roksana has at her age.” This was Roxie’s real breakthrough moment.
Roksana discovered her singing talent in a very unusual way: she was participating in a judo camp karaoke contest where she received a lot of positive feedback on her voice. This encouraged her to work hard to develop her singing skills. Her first single, titled Żyj (Live), has over 8 million views on YouTube and she has over 200.000 followers on social media. Roksana’s latest single, titled Obiecuję (I promise) has shown a very different side of her and also became popular among fans. Currently Roksana Węgiel is working on her debut album.
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BELARUS – The 2018 edition of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest takes place in Minsk, the capital of Belarus. Twenty broadcasters participate at the event. Azerbaijan, Israel and France return to the event, while Kazakhstan and Wales will have their debut at the Junior Eurovision Song Contest.
On the 25th of November, the 2018 edition of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest will take place in Belarus’ capital Minsk. Twenty countries will participate. The oikotimes.com’s Junior Europrediction (3414 votes) predict Kazakhstan and France to win. Similar results including Armenia is predicted by other web polls.
Albania will be represented by Efi Gjika and her song Barbie.
Armenia is represented by L.E.V.O.N who sings L.E.V.O.N.
Australia’s fourth ever Junior Eurovision participant is Jael. She will sing Champion.
Fidan Huseynova will represent Azerbaijan with her song I Wanna Be Like You. Azerbaijan returns to the competition after an absence of five years.
Daniel Yastremski will represent host country Belarus with his song Time.
Marija Spasovska will represent the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia with her song Doma.
France is back after a long time absence at the contest. Angélina will represent the country with the song Jamais Sans Toi.
Tamar Edilashvili will sing ‘Your Voice’ for Georgia.
Taylor Hynes will represent the Republic of Ireland with his song IOU.
Israel returns to the contest with Noam Dadon and his song Children Like These.
Melissa & Marco will represent Italy with the song What Is Love.
Kazakhstan will make it’s debut at the 2018 Junior Eurovision Song Contest. Daneliya Tuleshova will sing the song Өзіңе сен (Òzińe Sen).
Ela will represent Malta with the song Marchin’On.
Roksana Węgiel will represent Poland with the song Anyone I Want To Be.
Rita Laranjeira represents Portugal with the song Gosto de Tudo (Já Não Gosto de Nada).
Anna Filipchuk represents last years winning country Russia with her song Unbreakable.
Bojana Radovanović will represent Serbia with the song Svet. Max & Anne will represent
The Netherlands with their song Samen.
Darina Krasnovetska will represent Ukraine with her song Say Love.
And the second debuting country is Wales. Manw will sing Perta.
BELARUS – The results of the 2018 Junior Eurovision Song Contest will be determined by an online audience vote and by national juries that consist of 3 music industry professionals and 2 children. The public vote counts for 50% of the final result, the other 50% comes from the national juries.
The first phase of online voting starts HERE at 20:00 CET on Friday 23 November. Voters are required to watch a recap of all the rehearsal performances. After this, there is also the option to watch longer one-minute clips from each participant’s rehearsals. This first round of voting closes on Sunday, 25 November, at 15:59 CET just before the live show.
Each voter must select at least 3 songs, but no more than 5 to cast a valid vote. Viewers can also vote for their own country’s song.
The second phase of online voting takes place during the live show and starts after the last song has been performed, this voting windows opens up for approximately 15 minutes. Again, the international audience can vote for a minimum of 3 countries and a maximum of 5. Viewers can also vote for their own country’s song. These votes will then be turned into points.
The amount of points the audience can award is based on the amount of points given by national juries. This year, the juries will award a total of 1.160 Points (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 10, 12 Points x 20 participating countries). The audience points are determined by the percentage of votes received. For example, if a song receives 20% of the votes, then it receives 20% of the available points (20% from 1.160 points = 232 points).
Tickets for the Dress Rehearsal and Final can be purchased via the links below. Please use the built-in translation function to purchase tickets in English, which will pop up automatically.
A total of 22,000 tickets have been made available, with a number of tickets reserved as gifts for local orphanages. Visitors of this year’s Junior Eurovision Song Contest will see the highest number of participants in the event’s history perform, as 20 countries are represented this year.
The application window for delegates (D) and press (P) for accreditation to the 2018 Junior Eurovision Song Contest is now open. The application deadline is 2nd of November, 23:59 CEST.
When filling out the application form, each applicant must assign themselves within a relevant media type and role. Please ensure you submit these details carefully, as invalid or false submissions will not be processed.
Regional Media (for participating nations) and any Community Media whose reach is aimed at a given national audience (for participating nations) will be reviewed by the Head of Delegation of the relevant participating broadcaster. Applications from International News Agencies/Outlets and International Community Media and outlets established in a non-participating country will be reviewed by the Head of Delegation of the International Delegation. Agency/International photographer applications will be reviewed by the International Delegation.
JUNIOREUROVISION.TV REPORTS / SWITZERLAND – Young hopefuls will be making their way to Belarus this November to take part in the 16th Junior Eurovision Song Contest. A record-breaking 19 countries will participate in Minsk – the most in the history of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest – celebrating the extraordinary young musical talent across Europe.
Belarus’ public broadcaster BTRC (Belarusian Television and Radio Company) will host the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2018, which will take place at the Minsk Arena on Sunday 25 November, the second time the contest has been held at the 15000 seat stadium in the Belarusian capital.
Following their triumph with Polina Bogusevich winning at last year’s contest Russia return to defend their title in Belarus, facing tough competition for the accolade from previous winners Armenia, Belarus, Georgia, Italy, Malta and The Netherlands plus the rest of the 2018 contenders Albania, Australia, Azerbaijan, France, FYR Macedonia, Ireland, Israel, Kazakhstan, Poland, Portugal, Serbia and Wales.
Young contestants will look to emulate the success of previous Junior Eurovision contestants, including Ieva Zasimauskaitė who performed for Lithuania in 2007 and went on to represent her country at the Eurovision Song Contest 2018 in Lisbon. As in previous years, the winner of this year’s Junior Eurovision Song Contest will be invited to perform at the prestigious Eurovision Song Contest 2019 in Israel.
Having won the competition twice before Belarus are among the few countries who have won the Junior Eurovision Song Contest multiple times along with Russia and Malta who have also won twice, and Georgia who have won a record three times. Kazakhstan and Wales will both take part for the first time.
Jon Ola Sand, the EBU’s head of Live Events and Executive Supervisor of the JESC said “We are delighted to have a record-breaking 19 countries taking part at the 16th Junior Eurovision Song Contest.
Since the contest began in 2003 we have been thrilled to see a wealth of young talented performers take to the stage, some of whom have gone on to represent their countries in the Eurovision Song Contest. We are looking forward to seeing the next generation of young musical talent shine in the 2018 contest at the Minsk Arena in Belarus”
Australia (ABC / SBS)
France (France TV)
FYR Macedonia (MKRTV)
Kazakhstan (Khabar Agency)
The Netherlands (AVROTROS)