EBU ACTUALITÉ publié le 26 nov. 2017 • Département / Unité Télévision

Russia wins Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2017

14 year-old Polina Bogusevich from Russia has won the Junior Eurovision Song Contest (JESC) 2017 with the song 'Wings'.

16 countries took part in the 15th edition of the annual singing competition for children between the ages of 9 and 14, hosted by Georgian Member GPB in Tbilisi's Olympic Palace on 26 November. 

It's the second time Russia have won the Junior Eurovision Song Contest following their success in 2006. 'Wings' was written by Taras Demchuk.

Polina finished the Contest with 188 points. Runner up Grigol Kipshidze from Georgia, who received 185 points, narrowly missed out on first place with his song 'Voice of the Heart'. He was closely followed by Isabella Clarke, representing Australia who came third (172 points) with her song 'Speak Up'.

Speaking following her win, Polina said: "I thought it was a dream and that my mum would wake me up. I believe in my victory but I think everyone was so talented. Now I will celebrate with my parents and my relatives who are here in Georgia."

The Junior Eurovision Song Contest was broadcast to millions of viewers in the 16 participating countries over the Eurovision satellite and fibre optic network and internationally online on YouTube and at junioreurovision.tv.

This year's competiition saw some important changes to the voting system. Half of the outcome was decided by online voting and the other half was determined by a jury of children and music industry professionals in each competing country. Online voting was split into two rounds, a pre-show round based on preview clips, and a second round that opened after the last live performance, allowing viewers to cast their votes based on what they saw on stage. Nearly 330,000 votes were cast from over 100 countries. Voting behaviour was constantly monitored by the technical team behind the Contest.

Jon Ola Sand, the EBU's Head of Live Events, said “The performances this year were incredible and we’re proud to see how the Junior Eurovision Song Contest, as a public service media co-production, keeps supporting young artists and bringing them in front of an international audience. Our online voting platform was a new addition this year, and we were pleased with the huge level of votes we received from all over the world. Our intention was to open the Contest up to a wider audience and we are pleased that we were able to do this.

"The EBU would also like to thank GPB and all the delegations involved for the hard work they put in this year’s show" he added.

The Junior Eurovision Song Contest has been held annually since 2003. This was the first time the Contest was held in Georgia who hold the record for winning the competition the most times (3). Next year's competition will be held in Minsk, Belarus by BTRC. 

For the full list of participating Members and artists, images and footage from the event visit www.junioreurovision.tv