Russia’s Polina Bogusevich is Victorious at the 2017 Junior Eurovision Song Contest
26.11.17 Tbilisi, Georgia – After an evening of 16 outstanding performances, Polina Bogusevich representing Russia was proclaimed the winner of the 15th Junior Eurovision Song Contest. The annual competition, organised by the European Broadcasting Union (EBU), was hosted by Georgia Public Broadcasting (GPB) and broadcast live from the Olympic Sports Palace in Tbilisi.
With an impressive score of 188 points Polina’s stunning performance of ‘Wings’ wowed audiences at home, who for the first time ever could cast their votes online. The 14 year old was named the victor of the exciting Grand Final, which brought the second JESC victory to Russia.
Russia has taken part in Junior Eurovision 13 times, collecting some great results, coming second in 2009 and seventh in 2010. This year, Polina’s remarkable performance has allowed Russia to take home the brand new JESC trophy, that was introduced this year and will stay the same for all the future editions of the contest.
Runner up Grigol Kipshidze from Georgia, narrowly missed out on first place with his song ‘Voice of the Heart’ with 185 points, closely followed by Isabella Clarke, representing Australia with her song ‘Speak Up’ with 172 points.
The voting system saw some important format changes for 2017. Half of the outcome was decided by online voting and the other half was determined by a jury of three adult music industry professionals and two children who have a connection to music. The online voting was split in 2 rounds, a pre-show opportunity 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. Viewers across the world had the chance to cast votes for their favourite artists, in the end nearly 330,000 votes were cast from over 100 countries with voting behaviour monitored by the technical team behind the contest.
This year’s show was hosted by Helen Kalandadze, who previously participated in the Eurovision Song Contest as a backing singer for Georgian artist Sofia Nijaradze, and Lizi Japaridze (better known as Lizi Pop) who took part in JESC in 2014, representing her country Georgia with the song ‘Happy Day’. Tonight’s show was also seen by millions at home, on TV and through a live stream on junioreurovision.tv.
It was not just the contestants that left their mark on this competition, as last year’s winner Mariam Mamadashvili joined this year’s participants on stage for the opening song with a new version of her winning song ‘Mzeo’. During the show, band The Virus and Georgian dancers entertained the audience during the intervals, giving the audience a true taste of traditional Georgian flavour.
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 keep 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 than previous competitions and we are pleased that we were able to do this.”
“We at 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.