Welcome to the grand final of the 13th Junior Eurovision Song Contest from Arena Ameec in Sofia, Bulgaria.   This year the event is being organised by BNT and on-par with the 2007 contest, 17 countries will compete.

Tonight’s winner will be decided by a 50/50 split amongst televoters and national juries who scored the performances based on last night’s dress rehearsal.  You can read a live report of that rehearsal written by our on-location team here.

The show begins at 19:30cet.


Rinor Nuhiu
November 21, 20158:57 pm

1. Malta – 185

2. Armenia – 176

3. Slovenia – 112

4. Belarus

5. Albania – 83


Matteo Manta
November 21, 20158:56 pm

Last voting!

Montenegro!

8: Albania

10: Malta

12: Serbia


Rinor Nuhiu
November 21, 20158:56 pm

And the winner of the Junior Eurovision 2015 is MALTA with 185 points.


Rinor Nuhiu
November 21, 20158:55 pm

Albania:

12 points to Malta
10 points to Armenia
8 points to Georgia


Rinor Nuhiu
November 21, 20158:53 pm

Malta leading now, closely followed by Armenia and Slovenia


Matteo Manta
November 21, 20158:52 pm

Bulgaria:

8: Slovenia

10: Armenia

12: Malta


Rinor Nuhiu
November 21, 20158:51 pm

Ukraine:

12 points to San Marino
10 points to Slovenia
8 points to Armenia


Matteo Manta
November 21, 20158:51 pm

Armenian voting (they are in the lead now, let’s see!)

8: Georgia

10: Slovenia

12: Malta


Rinor Nuhiu
November 21, 20158:49 pm

Belarus:

12 points to Armenia
10 points to Malta
8 points to Slovenia


Matteo Manta
November 21, 20158:49 pm

FYR Macedonia:

8: Montenegro

10: Armenia

12: Serbia

Armenia now in the lead!


Rinor Nuhiu
November 21, 20158:47 pm

Russia:

12 points to Armenia

10 points to Belarus

8 points to Slovenia


Matteo Manta
November 21, 20158:47 pm

Ireland is voting for the first time at JESC.

8: Armenia

10: Malta

12: Bulgaria

Malta is in the lead, but the race is open with Armenia second


Rinor Nuhiu
November 21, 20158:46 pm

Australia:

12 points to Malta

10 points to Armenia

8 points to Albania


Matteo Manta
November 21, 20158:45 pm

The Netherlands are voting now:

8: Slovenia

10: Malta

12: Armenia


Rinor Nuhiu
November 21, 20158:44 pm

Italy:

12 points to Albania

10 points to Malta

8 points to Bulgaria


Matteo Manta
November 21, 20158:43 pm

Slovenian results:

8: Albania

10: Armenia

12: Malta

Destiny is still in the lead!


Rinor Nuhiu
November 21, 20158:42 pm

Georgia:

12 points to Armenia

10 points to Malta

8 points to Belarus


Matteo Manta
November 21, 20158:42 pm

Serbian results:

8: Montenegro

10: Armenia

12: Malta

And Malta is in the lead with 36 points.


Rinor Nuhiu
November 21, 20158:40 pm

Kids jury:

12. Malta

10. Armenia

08. Belarus


Rinor Nuhiu
November 21, 20158:39 pm

Lets find out the winner!


Matteo Manta
November 21, 20158:39 pm

As every year, the EBU assigns 12 points to all the participants. So now we are ready for the voting to start!


Rinor Nuhiu
November 21, 20158:33 pm

It’s time to listen to last year’s Junior Eurovision winner, Vincenzo Cantiello. 


Matteo Manta
November 21, 20158:30 pm

This has been defined as a flash mob. As much as it’s just people asked to be dancing in front of a camera, so it’s a bit different. A lot of dancing, Poli sings too. I assume this is to add a bit more of modern and young flavour to the contest. 


Rinor Nuhiu
November 21, 20158:27 pm

Krisia is now performing another song, this time in English.


Rinor Nuhiu
November 21, 20158:22 pm

She’s singing her entry from last year, accompanied by a choir. It sounds really good! 


Rinor Nuhiu
November 21, 20158:21 pm

Krisia, Hasan and Ibrahim are up on stage. I love how they treat Krisia like she’s the biggest pop star ever. You go girl!


Matteo Manta
November 21, 20158:19 pm

Europe (well, mostly eastern) stop voting now!


Matteo Manta
November 21, 20158:14 pm

Last recap of the night! And then Krisia, Hasan and Ibrahim, Vincenzo Cantiello, lots of numbers and the winner!


Matteo Manta
November 21, 20158:13 pm

Make sure you vote for the song that you like best, she says. And she hopes we like her dress. Thank you Poli. From the bottom of my heart.


Matteo Manta
November 21, 20158:11 pm

It’s time for some quality time with Poli. She has lost her dress and she is crying about it and her entire staff is going around Sofia trying to find it. Someone watched Spectre one too many times.


Rinor Nuhiu
November 21, 20158:07 pm

All contestants are now on stage to perform the theme song, “Discover”.


Rinor Nuhiu
November 21, 20158:06 pm

All contestants are now on stage to perform the theme song, “Discover”.


Matteo Manta
November 21, 20158:03 pm

If you want to vote (and can do it), here are the codes:

01. Serbia – Lena Stamenković – Lenina pesma
02. Georgia – The Virus – Gabede
03. Slovenia – Lina Kuduzović – Prva ljubezen
04. Italy – Chiara & Martina – Viva
05. Netherlands – Shalisa – Million Lights
06. Australia – Bella Paige – My Girls
07. Ireland – Aimee Banks – Réalta na Mara
08. Russia – Mikhail Smirnov – Mechta (Dream)
09. FYR Macedonia – Ivana Petkovska & Magdalena Aleksovska – Pletenka – Braid of Love
10. Belarus – Ruslan Aslanov – Volshebstvo (Magic)
11. Armenia – Mika – Love
12. Ukraine – Anna Trincher – Pochny z sebe
13. Bulgaria – Gabriela Yordanova & Ivan Stoyanov – Colour of Hope
14. San Marino – Kamilla Ismailova – Mirror
15. Malta – Destiny Chukunyere – Not My Soul
16. Albania – Mishela Rapo – Dambaje
17. Montenegro – Jana Mirković – Oluja


Matteo Manta
November 21, 20158:01 pm

So, it’s time to vote. As Poli reminds us: you can vote up to 20 times, but you cannot vote for your own country. The televote is now open and we have our usual recap. Who will win the Junior Eurovision 2015?


Matteo Manta
November 21, 20157:59 pm

17. Montenegro – Jana Mirković – Oluja
And Jana is last up on the stage for tonight. It has a bit of a weird vibe as they look not young enough to be in this competition. Vocally not the best thing, but not the worst thing from tonight, clearly.


Rinor Nuhiu
November 21, 20157:56 pm

16. Albania – Mishela Rapo – Dambaje

Mishela is up next, with Dambaje. Her voice is fantastic, although everything else is missing on stage. The LED background could have been better & a few dancers would make the whole performance a lot more energetic and fun. But anyway, good luck to my homeland! 


Matteo Manta
November 21, 20157:51 pm

15. Malta – Destiny Chukunyere – Not My Soul
In the first few seconds: a jury winner. Don’t know about the televoting because I have never understood the Junior voting pattern – but well. Clearly it will end up up high in the final chart.


Rinor Nuhiu
November 21, 20157:47 pm

14. Kamilla Ismailova – Mirror

A decent song from San Marino this year. Performance wise it’s appealing and looks good on stage, but vocal vise, oh, it’s not great. She’s off key most of the time, and it’s sad because the song is not bad at all.


Matteo Manta
November 21, 20157:44 pm

13. Bulgaria – Gabriela Yordanova & Ivan Stoyanov – Colour of Hope

The excitement of the arena on this one is clearly visible as it’s their home act. Again, not sure about the tuxedo on the kid, but nice usage of the stage with the gymnasts. And the crowd goes wild!


Matteo Manta
November 21, 20157:35 pm

Interval act: second of the night. Bulgarian beatbox!


Rinor Nuhiu
November 21, 20157:35 pm

12. Ukraine – Anna Trincher – Pochny z sebe

I feel like I’ve seen this performance many times before. Vocally good, but it’s not appealing at all. It’s Ukraine, so it is not going to fail, and I would surely not be surprised if they come close to victory. 


Matteo Manta
November 21, 20157:30 pm

11. Armenia – Mika – Love
This could be one of those infective songs that sticks in your head forever. And it makes you tap your feet easily. He looks veeeeery tiny on that stage, which doesn’t represent at all the big voice that he can show off! But again: hot pink? Really?


Rinor Nuhiu
November 21, 20157:26 pm

10. Belarus – Ruslan Aslanov – Volshebstvo 

A powerful performance from Ruslan. He is confident on stage, and it makes the whole presentation look professional. Vocally it’s fantastic! I’d predict top 5 for Belarus!


Matteo Manta
November 21, 20157:22 pm

09. FYR Macedonia – Ivana Petkovska & Magdalena Aleksovska – Pletenka
Our friend Glen has learnt that Pletenka means braid of hair. Which reminds me of Remedios Amaya and her nul pointer from 1983 where she gets obsessed by the braid of her lover’s mother. Aaaaaanyway. Lots of love on stage. I would have chosen something less casual for the stage, but I guess it works with the song. 


Rinor Nuhiu
November 21, 20157:19 pm

08. Russia – Mikhail Smirnov – Mechta (Dream)
A beautifully performed ballad by Mikhail. By the second verse, it becomes a little boring, but he manages to finish it decently. Although it’s not super authentic, I can see Russia winning.


Matteo Manta
November 21, 20157:14 pm

07. Ireland – Aimee Banks – Réalta na Mara
And we start back the competition with Aimee from Ireland. In the postcard we are shown people doing scuba diving – and my colleague said that is a very nice place to do so. I have just noticed after days that she really looks dressed like Elsa from Frozen. A bit of imperfection on the end, but nice performance.


Rinor Nuhiu
November 21, 20157:09 pm

There’s an interval act before continuing with the second half of the entries. In it we get a glimpse of pur neon future. With a giant dance overlord! My dubstep dreams are coming true! 


Rinor Nuhiu
November 21, 20157:05 pm

06. Australia – Bella Paige – My Girls

The winner of the escxtra poll, Australia is up next. Vocally the best so far, the song is catchy and powerful at the same time. I like how the song constantly builds up. Definitely finishing Top 5 and I would not be shocked if they actually win it all. Go Bella!


Matteo Manta
November 21, 20157:01 pm

05. Netherlands – Shalisa – Million Lights
Very well directed and sung, but will it work for the Junior Eurovision audience? Shalisa’s performance looks ready for the May contest even though I would have never chosen the gold jacket. Getting back to the performance: she knows how to deliver and she works up a good performance.


Rinor Nuhiu
November 21, 20156:57 pm

04. Italy – Chiara & Martina – Viva 

Last year’s winning country is on stage. I like their chemistry, but the song is not winning material. Vocally good, although shouty at times. Can’t predict a place for Italy, but I don’t see this finishing at the bottom. 


Matteo Manta
November 21, 20156:53 pm

03. Slovenia – Lina Kuduzović – Prva ljubezen

A bit of tension and excitement for being live is felt. I really like this song and I find it one of the best from this contest: appropriate for the target, well staged and modern. Lina is a very good singer – the Maraaya couple good composers. I wouldn’t mind seeing her in a May contest as soon as she turns 16!


Rinor Nuhiu
November 21, 20156:49 pm

02. Georgia – The Virus – Gabede

Fantastic dance moves from Georgia. They seem to love what they’re doing on stage! Fun & entertaining. I like it!


Matteo Manta
November 21, 20156:45 pm

01. Serbia – Lena Stamenković – Lenina pesma
It’s time for little Lena to be on stage. She has already opened this show two times, with the rehearsals from yesterday. Her presence on stage and hand gestures remembers a bit Jelena Tomasevic in 2008 when she sang Oro. Clearly, different styles and colours on stage, but well. Good job.


Matteo Manta
November 21, 20156:42 pm

It seems that in Malta they are very well organised to view their little Destiny participate in the contest! Look at the party from the OGAE!


Matteo Manta
November 21, 20156:40 pm

Poli Genova welcomes everyone to Bulgaria: there’s a bit of blue overload on that stage with that dress and the backdrop, but well. We will have 17 countries, one winner. So stay with us for the next 2 hours and a half.


Matteo Manta
November 21, 20156:36 pm

Sofia looks like a very nice place, we were not so lucky that the weather for our sightseeing day wasn’t that clement.


Matteo Manta
November 21, 20156:35 pm

Meanwhile we are shown all the contestants walking by, it is rather weird to see how Krisia has already grown since last year and looks already very different. 


Matteo Manta
November 21, 20156:34 pm

And the show starts! We are discovering Bulgaria and its lands before going through all the attractions of Sofia and being live from the Armeec Arena, where Krisia welcomes us to Bulgaria. Kids dancing (and doing sign language – language that Brent speaks in its Australian variation) and now a catwalk for all the participating countries!


Rinor Nuhiu
November 21, 20156:03 pm

Welcome to the Junior Eurovision 2015, live from Sofia, Bulgaria. 

Chief Editor: A non-schlager Europhile who's been doing this ESC writing malarkey since 2008, usually championing Eurovision's alternative or quirky offerings. My role at Xtra isn't too dissimilar from my previous life as a school teacher, but they're a well behaved class. Also responsible for dropping bum notes on a piano.

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