Georgia wins Junior Eurovision! 

Georgia Junior Eurovision 2016On Sunday night the 14th edition of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest took place in Malta’s Mediterranean Conference Centre in the city’s capital Valletta. The competition was won by Georgia’s Mariam Mamadashvili and her song ‘Mzeo’. The result means that Georgia are now the most successful nation at Junior Eurovision having also won in 2008 and 2011.

All in all seventeen songs competed in the contest. While Georgia won with a combined score of 239, second place went to Armenia who were just 7 points behind with Anahit & Mary’s song ‘Tarber’. Rounding up the top three were Italy who finished with 209 points with ‘Cara Mamma (Dear Mom)’ performed by Fiamma Boccia.

The full results are below:
1. Mariam Mamadashvili- ‘Mzeo’ (Georgia) 239 points
2. Anahit & Mary- ‘Tarber’ (Armenia) 232 points
3. Fiamma Boccia- ‘Cara Mamma (Dear Mom)’ (Italy) 209 points
=4. The Water of Life Project- ‘Water of Life’ (Russia) 202 points
=4. Alexa Curtis- ‘We Are’ (Australia)  202 points
6. Christina Magrin- ‘Parachute’ (Malta) 191 points
7. Alexander Minyonok- ‘Music is My Only Way’ (Belarus) 177 points
8. Kisses- ‘Kisses and Dancin” (The Netherlands) 174 points
9. Lidia Ganeva- ‘Magical Day (Valsheben den)’ (Bulgaria) 161 points
10. Zena Donnelly- ‘Bríce ar Bhríce’ (Ireland) 122 points
11. Olivia Wieczorek- ‘Nie zapomnij’ (Poland) 60 points
12. Martija Stanojković- ‘Love Will Lead Our Way’ (Macedonia) 41 points
13. Klesta Qehaja- ‘Besoj’ (Albania) 38 points
14. Sofia Rol- ‘Planet Craves for Love’ (Ukraine) 30 points
=15. Israel Shir & Tim- ‘Follow My Heart’ (Israel) 27 points
=15. George Michaelides- ‘Dance Floor’ (Cyprus) 27 points
17. Dunja Jeličić- ‘U la la la’ (Serbia) 14 points

The Contest also saw interval performances from Jedward who debuted their new song ‘Hologram’, last year’s winner Destiny Chukunyere and Poli Genova the Bulgarian act from this year’s Eurovision Song Contest.

Many of the acts who compete in Junior Eurovision go on to represent their country at Eurovision. This has in the past included the Tolmachevy Sisters from Russia, San Marino’s Michele Perniola and Anita Simoncini, as well as the 2017 act for the Netherlands O’G3NE.

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