France has won the Junior Eurovision Song Contest for the first time.
Today the eighteenth edition of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest took place in Warsaw, Poland. A total of twelve nations took part in the world’s biggest television show for children between the ages of 9 and 14 years old. This year saw the debut of Germany, while eight countries withdrew due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In the end, it was Valentina from France who won with “J’imagine”.
The country’s best result before their victory was second place in 2018 with Angelina’s “Jamais sans toi”.
Each country had recorded their performances in a studio in their own country, with the exception of Malta, Serbia, Poland, and Ukraine who travelled to Warsaw earlier this month.
This is the second time that Poland hosted the contest. The hosts for the evening were Ida Nowakowska-Herndon, Rafał Brzozowski and Małgorzata Tomaszewska.
The full results of the competition are:
- France – 200 points
- Kazakhstan – 152 points
- Spain – 133 points
- Netherlands – 132 points
- Belarus – 130 points
- Georgia – 111 points
- Ukraine – 106 points
- Malta – 100 points
- Poland – 90 points
- Russia – 88 points
- Serbia – 85 points
- Germany – 66 points
The winner was decided by 50% jury voting and 50% online vote.
Who is Valentina?
France’s fourth Junior Eurovision entrant is Valentina. Valentina was born on April 6 2009 in Rennes in Brittany. Her love for music comes from her mother, who used to sing her lullabies. At the age of 6, she auditioned for The Voice: Kids. She has been a member of Kids United Nouvelle Géneration, a French children’s music group, since 2018. She has recorded two albums with the group and has taken part in UNICEF campaigns.
Image Source: EBU/Nathalie Guyon
France first participated in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest in 2004 with “Si on voulait bien” by Thomas but withdrew the year after. After a 14-year break, France returned to the contest in 2018 with “Jamais sans toi” by Angélina. She finished 2nd, giving France their best result in a Eurovision contest since 1991. Last year, Carla finished fifth in with “Bim Bam Toi”.