JESC 2012: We have a Winner!
A dozen young singers from a dozen nations (including a trio of newcomers) faced off in Amsterdam, all vying to take home the title of “Junior Eurovision Champion”. We had ballads, hyperactive pop, Beatle-mania, and numbers that could have been taken straight out of a youth edition of “Glee” (I’m looking at you, Israel!). After all of the tension, and an often-dramatic, yet ultimately decisive vote, who claimed the victory?
Congratulations go out to Ukraine’s Anastasiya Petryk and her powerful, almost dark performance of “Nebo”, which took home a whopping 138 points (an incredible 88% of the maximum amount of points available, when you include the automatic 12 given to all countries). Georgia’s “Funky Lemonade” took home the silver, with Armenia’s “Sweetie Baby” nabbing a somewhat surprising bronze. Pre-contest favorite Lerika, performing for Russia, is going home with a 4th place finish. Let’s take a look at Miss Petryk’s winning performance:
Remember: this girl is only ten years old, and she can likely sing circles around anyone that you or I know. Whatever your feelings may be about Junior Eurovision, it’s pretty difficult to deny that this young lady has an immense amount of talent (and considering how tiny she is, that talent is highly concentrated!)
With Executive Supervisor Sietse Bakker leaving the JESC in order to focus on his duties with the ESC proper, Junior will be going through a bit of a transition over the next year. Some nations have already confirmed their entry into the 2013 contest, and chatter has already been floating around regarding next year’s host (unlike the ESC, the winner does not automatically host the subsequent event). Hopefully, the Junior Eurovision Song Contest will weather the storm of both transition and economic crisis and continue providing a wonderful experience for audiences and young performers alike.