Mariam Mamadashvili of Georgia has won the 14th edition of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest today in Valletta, Malta with the song “Mzeo”.
Georgia has won the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2016 in Malta represented by Mariam Mamadashvili and her song “Mzeo”. Mariam’s victory in the contest today makes Georgia the most successful country in the history of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest having now won the contest for a record third time. Georgia managed to beat off competition from 16 other countries in the show this evening.
Mariam Mamadashvili was the youngest participant in this years contest having turned 10 years old on Wednesday. Mariam has been performing since she was just four years old and has studied at the Bzikebistudio, the studio has selected every Georgian entry in Junior Eurovision since 2008. Mariam was born in Georgia but in 2015 moved with her family to the United States. Mariam told Eurovoix.com in the run up to that contest that her song is about:
The Sun is the beginning of life. It makes the world bright and warm. The song is about the colorful and bright days. It’s about future, happiness and love.
The show tonight saw considerable changes take place to it this year. The age of the participants was dropped to between 9 and 14 years old. Furthermore the public televote was dropped and replaced by an enhanced jury system. Each country was represented by both an adults jury and kids jury, while an Expert Panel was introduced.
The results are as follows:
- Georgia – Mariam Mamadashvili – Mzeo – 239 points
- Armenia – Anahit & Mary – Taber – 232 points
- Italy – Fiamma Boccia – Cara Mamma – Dear Mom – 209 points
- Russia – Water of Life Project – Water of Life – 202 points
- Australia – Alexa Curtis – We Are – 202 points
- Malta – Christina Magrin – Parachute – 191 points
- Belarus – Alexander Minyonok – Musyka moikh pobed – 177 points
- The Netherlands – Kisses – Kisses and Dancin – 174 points
- Bulgaria – Lidia Ganeva – Magical Day – 161 points
- Ireland – Zena Donnelly – Bríce ar Bhríce – 122 points
- Poland – Olivia Wieczorek – Nie zapomnij – 60 points
- F.Y.R. Macedonia – Martija Stanojković – Love Will Lead Our Way (Ljubovta ne vodi) – 41 points
- Albania – Klesta Qehaja – Besoj – 38 points
- Ukraine – Sofia Rol – Planet Craves For Love – 30 points
- Israel – Shir & Tim – Folllow My Heart – 27 points
- Cyprus – George Michaelides – Dance Floor – 27 points
- Serbia – Dunja Jeličić – U la la la – 14 points
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Georgia debuted in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest in 2007 where they were represented by Mariam Romelashvili with the song “Odelia Ranuni”, she finished in 4th place. The following year in Cyprus Georgia won the contest for the first time represented by Bzikebi and their song “Bzz..”, they beat runners up Ukraine by 19 points. Georgia went on to win Junior Eurovision again in Yerevan, Armenia in 2011. The country was represented by Candy with “Candy Music” beating runners up the Netherlands by just 5 points.