The 21st edition of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest has just come to an end. Following a tense voting sequence, France with Zoé Clauzure and her song “Coeur” was crowned the winner of this year’s edition just moments ago. Spain finished in 2nd place and Armenia in 3rd place.
Following Lissandro’s win last year in Yerevan, the contest was moved to France for the second time in just three years. Palais Nikaïa, at the homonymous city of Nice, opened its doors today for delegations from the sixteen participating countries. The show was hosted by Laury Thilleman and Olivier Minne.
The number of the participating countries remained the same as last year, as Serbia and Kazakhstan withdrew, while Germany returned after a year of absence. The Junior Eurovision family, also, welcomed a new member, Estonia which made its first appearance today at the stage of Palais Nikaïa.
The show began with Spain and was concluded with the performance of The Netherlands
- Spain: Sandra Valero – “Loviu“
- Malta: Yulan – “Stronger“
- Ukraine: Anastasia Dymyd – “Kvitka“
- Ireland: Jessica McKean – “Aisling“
- United Kingdom: STAND UNIQU3 – “Back to Life“
- North Macedonia: Tamara Grujeska – “Kaži mi, kaži mi koj“
- Estonia: ARHANNA – “Hoimame kokku“
- Armenia: Yan Girls – “Do It My Way“
- Poland: Maja Krzyżewska – “I Just Need a Friend“
- Georgia: Anastasia and Ranina – “Over the Sky“
- Portugal: Júlia Machado – “Where I Belong“
- France: Zoé Clauzure – “Coeur“
- Albania: Viola Gjyzeli – “Bota Ime“
- Italy: Melissa and Ranya – “Un mondo giusto“
- Germany: Fia – “Ohne Worte“
- The Netherlands: Sep and Jasmijn – “Holding On to You“
The interval acts
Shortly after the the beginning of the Online Voting’s second phase, we had the chance to watch what the French prepared for the interval acts this year.
Evidently, last year’s winner Lissandro who brought the contest to Nice performed his winning song “Oh maman!”.
Later, Amir, the French representative in Eurovision 2016, took the stage singing his Eurovision song “J’ai cherché” as well as his song “Il ya”. A really colorful and vibrant performance!
Laury Thilleman also sang along with the crowd and accompanied with a piano just before the most touching performance of the night. Angelina, Valentina, Enzo and Lissandro, all of them French Junior Eurovision participants, took the stage accompanied with this year’s participants to sing “We Are the World“.
Junior Eurovision 2023 – the voting procedure
The winner of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2023 was decided as following:
- on a 50% via the Online Voting, which was conducted in two phases (before and during the live broadcast)
- on the remaining 50% by the participating countries’ national juries. The national jury of each country will include three music industry professionals and two kids aged 10 to 15.
The national juries’ result
At the first place, there was France with 136 points, followed by Armenia with 116 points and Spain with 115 points. Both France, Armenia and Spain received four sets of 12 points from the national juries.
The results of the online voting
As Martin Österdahl informed us, people from no less than 175 countries voted tonight!
France won the online voting with 92 points, followed by Spain with 86 points and Ukraine with 83 points.
Combining the national juries’ and the public vote, France with Zoe was declared as the winner of Junior Eurovision 2023 scoring 228 points.
France emerged as the winner of the competition for the second consecutive year, while it is the second time in Junior Eurovision history that a country has managed to win two consecutive editions, the first being Poland (2018-2019). At the same time, this is the fourth year in a row that France wins the jury voting. With France achieving its third victory this year in Nice, it is officially crowned Junior Eurovision “queen” holding a record number of victories(2020-2022-2023), a title it shares with Georgia(2008-2011-2016).
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