JESC 2013: THE VOTING … PUZZLE
KYIV, UKRAINE – The 2013 Junior Eurovision Song Contest has come to an end and Malta has been crowned the winner with the song “The start”. There have been some interesting voting patterns at this year’s edition.
The winner, Malta, picked up five douze points. Apart from the kid’s jury, it received 12 from the Netherlands. However, the 12 coming from FYR Macedonia, Ukraine and Moldova do show that politics does not play such a big part in this contest as it does in the senior edition. Malta did well with the 10 pointers as well. Instead of Ukraine, Russia opted to give its 10 to Malta (12 was always going to be reserved for Belarus).
Ex-USSR states fared well with the Russian vote with Belarus, Azerbaijan, Armenia and Georgia receiving high points. Russia itself received 12 points from its neighbours Armenia and Belarus. The notable snub was Ukraine which gave Russia only 7, in light of recent political events. Ex-USSR states mostly exchanged the high points amongst each other, as was to be expected due to many factors.
Unlike the senior edition, Azerbaijan did not get 12 points from Malta. Interestingly it did not get a single point from Belarus either. As expected it received 10 from both Ukraine and Georgia.
Western European countries, with exception to Malta, did not fair too well at JESC this year. Sweden, San Marino and the Netherlands failed to achieve over fifty points. They did not exchange big scores amongst each other. FYR Macedonia, without a single neighbour in sight, also didn’t do too well in the voting. Its highest was 2 points from Armenia.