Junior Eurovision 2022: Insights and stats
Junior Eurovision 2022 has wrapped up in Yerevan, Armenia, with 16 acts competing for the coveted Junior Eurovision trophy!
To celebrate, we're taking a look at some interesting facts about this year's results!
**There will be spoilers below!**
Let's look at some of the countries in order of where they finished in the Contest, starting with the winner: France!
It is France's second ever Junior Eurovision win, just three years after their first win in 2020 with Valentina's 'J'imagine'.
When it comes to their total winning points of 203, their result is the fifth highest score for a winning Junior Eurovision song, beating 'J'imagine' by three points.
Lissandro won the jury vote, making it the third year in a row that France has won the jury vote. France has also done extremely well with the online voting. Since their return to the Junior Contest in 2018, France has finished in the top three with the public every year except for 2021 when they finished in 4th place.
France scored four sets of 12 points from the jury. It is the most sets of 12 points awarded to a Junior Eurovision winning song since 2017, when Russia scored four sets of 12 points for their winning entry 'Wings'.
France's 2022 win is the fourth time a "Big 5" country (in terms of the main Eurovision contest) has won Junior Eurovision.
Second song to win being performed 6th in the running order. Last time was in 2008.
Their entry this year, 'Oh Maman', continues France's run of six Junior entries sung in French, with only two entries also featuring English since their return in 2018 ('Oh Maman!' features a few repeated English words). Those repeated words in English make 'Oh Maman!' the ninth Junior Eurovision winning song to feature the English language.
Lissandro's win this year with 'Oh Maman!' makes it the second time the French language has won the Contest.
Lissandro is the third male singer to represent France at Junior and their first male singer to win. He is also the first male singer to win in eight years since Vincenzo Cantiello won in 2014 for Italy.
France's win is also significant for Eurovision 2021 runner up Barbara Pravi. 'Oh Maman!' makes it her second Junior Eurovision win as a songwriter! She also wrote 'J'imagine' which won in 2020.
Barbara also co-wrote France's 2019 entry 'Bim Bam Toi' by Carla, which finished in 5th place. Despite its result in the contest, 'Bim Bam Toi' is the most streamed Junior Eurovision song on Spotify ever with over 32 million streams. You can check out the top 50 most streamed Junior Eurovision songs ever here.
Nare's runner up finish with 'DANCE!' gives Armenia their fifth second-place finish and their ninth top three finish. With 15 total entries at Junior Eurovision, 60% have finished in the top three, making Armenia a very successful nation at the Contest.
With a total of 180 points, 'DANCE!' is Armenia's third highest scoring entry.
Georgia remains one of the most successful Junior Eurovision countries with three wins.
This year they finished in third place with Mariam Bigvava's 'I Believe', making it their sixth top three finish and their first time finishing third. With a total of 161 points, 'I Believe' is Georgia's fourth highest scoring entry.
'Solas' by Sophie Lennon finished in fourth place and is now Ireland's most successful Junior Eurovision entry ever!
It is Ireland's highest scoring entry with 150 points, and their second ever top 10.
Ireland got their fourth ever set of 12 points in Junior Eurovision history with two sets of douze points from Malta and Serbia this year. They received their first two sets of 12 points back in 2016.
The United Kingdom have come back with a bang, finishing in fifth place and winning the online public vote scoring 80 points!
With a total of 146 points, 'Lose Your Head' is the UK's most highest scoring Junior Eurovision entry. After a 17 year hiatus from the Contest it is great to see the UK return with a fantastic result.
Spain finished in 6th place with 'Señorita', which is Spain's seventh top 10 finish out of their eight entries. With a total of 137 points, 'Señorita' is Spain's fourth highest scoring entry.
With the online public vote, Spain came second. It is the third time Spain that has achieved this since the country's return to Junior Eurovision in 2019.
The Dutch entry this year, 'La Festa', continues the Netherlands' run of 20 Junior Eurovision entries featuring the Dutch language. It is the first Dutch entry to feature phrases in Italian.
The Netherlands remains the only country to feature at every contest since its inception in 2003. Their result of seventh place this year gives them their 12th entry to finish within the top 10.
In another turn-up for the books, Nicolas Alves won Portugal their best ever result, with 'Anos 70' finishing in 8th place. It is their first entry to ever finish in the top 10.
With a total of 121 points, it is also Portugal's highest scoring Junior Eurovision entry!
Albania's respectable 12th finish with 'Pakëz diell' has actually given them their best finish in seven years.
With a total of 94 points, it is Albania's highest scoring Junior Eurovision entry.
Unfortunately, due to medical reasons, Katarina Savić missed out on performing Sunday night. A recording of her performance from the second Dress Rehearsal on Saturday 10 December was used in the show instead.
Serbia finished in 13th place for the second year in a row, making it their 11th most successful entry. With a total of 92 points, ‘Svet bez granica’ is Serbia's fourth highest scoring Junior Eurovision entry.
North Macedonia finished in 14th place. With a total of 54 points, their 2022 entry is their ninth highest scoring Junior Eurovision entry ever.
For the first time ever, Kazakhstan finished outside of the top 10, ultimately landing in 15th place.
Malta have competed in 18 out of the 20 Junior Eurovision Song Contests. This year their 16th place finish represented their third time finishing last at the contest.
Despite this, Malta remain a highly successful Junior Eurovision nation with two wins and 10 entries landing in the top 10.
So there you have it: Junior Eurovision is wrapped up for another year.
Bring on 2023!
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