Junior Eurovision 2020: facts and figures

| December 7, 2020

One week on from the 18th edition of The Junior Eurovision Song Contest, let’s take a look at some facts and figures from this years contest!

The Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2020 came to Poland for a second time. After hosting the 2019 contest in Gliwice-Silesia, the 2020 contest came to the capital, Warsaw. Poland joins Malta, The Netherlands and Ukraine as the only countries so far that have hosted Junior Eurovision more than once, and they have become the first country to host Junior Eurovision two years in a row.

Alongside Poland hosting for a second time, Ida Nowakowska-Herndon was also a co-host for a second time. She joins Kim-Lian van der Meij from The Netherlands and Timur Miroshnychenko from Ukraine as the only people who have hosted Junior Eurovision more than once.

Ida Nowakowska-Herndon is the first person to have hosted a Eurovision-related event two times in a row, whilst Mateusz Szymkowiak is the first person to have hosted the Opening Ceremony of the junior or adult Eurovision two times in a row.

The 2020 contest saw France as the winner, with Valentina and her song “J’Imagine”. This is the first time that France has won not only Junior Eurovision, but also a Eurovision-related event, since they were joint winners, (along with the United Kingdom), of Eurovision Young Dancers in 1989.

The difference in the scores between first and second place was 48 points, as France received 200 points whilst Kazakhstan had 152 points. This is the second biggest points gap between the top two countries after 2019, when Poland won with 278 points and had a 51 point lead over Kazakhstan who had 227 points.

Five of the participating countries finished in the same place with both the jury vote and the online vote. France was the winner with both, whilst 8th, 9th and 10th place went to Malta, Poland and Russia respectively in both jury and online vote, with Germany finishing in 12th place with jury and online vote.

Sofia Feskova from Russia finished in 10th place with 44 points from the jury and 10 place with 44 points from the online vote. This is the first time in Junior Eurovision that a country has finished in the same position, with the same score, from both voting parties.

For a second year running, Kazakhstan finished in third place with the online vote, and second place overall.

Germany became the fourth country to finish in last place on their Junior Eurovision debut, and the third country to perform in first place on their debut after Greece in 2003 and Georgia in 2007. Germany joins Poland 2003, Albania 2012 and Wales 2018 as finishing in last place with their first participation.

The 2020 contest was the first time since 2018 that every participating country received points from both jury and online vote.

J’Imagine is the first song in the French language to win Junior Eurovision, and the first time since “Ne Partez Pas Sans Moi” from Eurovision 1988 that a French language song has won a Eurovision-related event.

Spain finished in 3rd place for a second year running, and achieved the country’s sixth consecutive top 5 finish in Junior Eurovision.

The 2020 contest was the first Junior Eurovision to be hosted in a television studio. The contest was originally going to be hosted in Tauron Arena in Krakow, but due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the contest was scaled back, and was moved to a much smaller venue, TVP studios in Warsaw.

Valentina is the youngest Junior Eurovision winner since Mariam Mamadashvili in 2016, and she is also the fifth winner who is 11 years old. She joins Dino Jelusić (Croatia 2003), Alexey Zhigalkovich (Belarus 2007), Gaia Cauci (Malta 2013) and Mariam Mamadashvili  (Georgia 2017) as winning Junior Eurovision aged 11.

Germany were the first country since Kazakhstan and Wales in 2018 to make a Junior Eurovision debut. Germany also became the last Big 5 country of Eurovision to join Junior Eurovision. Spain and the United Kingdom first participated in 2003, France in 2004 and Italy in 2014.

The 2020 contest saw 12 countries participating for the first time since 2013. This is only the third contest that has had 12 participating countries, after 2012 and 2013.

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