Junior Eurovision: Vincenzo wins at Italy’s debut

Italy has won the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2014, making it a spectacular debut in the children’s edition of the contest. Vincenzo Cantiello was victorious in the Malta Shipbuilding near Valetta, as his song ‘Tu primo grande amore’ got the most points this Saturday night.

Armenia once again got a finish in the top-3 of Junior Eurovision and Bulgaria got a great second place. Josie from Croatia got only one points, from San Marino (apart from the 12 points the EBU gives all participants before the actual points are being given).

Here is the full final ranking of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2014, which was build-up from a 50/50 score a jury and televoting in the 16 participating countries:

1. Italy (Vincenzo Cantiello – Tu primo grande amore) 159 pts.
2. Bulgaria (Krisia, Hasan & Ibrahim – Planet of the children) 147 pts.
3. Armenia (Betty – People of the sun) 146 pts.
4. Malta (Federica Falzon – Diamonds) 116 pts.
5. Russia (Alisa Kozhikina – Dreamer) 96 pts.
6. Ukraine (Sympho-Nick – Spring will come) 74 pts.
7. Belarus (Nadezhda Misyakova – Sokal) 71 pts.
8. The Netherlands (Julia – Around) 70 pts.
9. Cyprus (Sophia Patsalides 0 I pio omorfi mera) 69 pts.
10. Serbia (Emilija Donin – Svet u mojim ocima) 61 pts.
11. Georgia (Lizi Pop – Happy Day) 54 pts.
12. Slovenia (Ula Lozar – Nisi sam) 29 pts.
13. Sweden (Julia Kedhammar – Du är inte ensam) 28 pts.
14. Montenegro (Masa Vujadinovic & Lejla Vulic – Budi dijete na jedan dan) 24 pts.
15. San Marino (The Peppermints – Breaking my heart) 21 pts.
16. Croatia (Josie – Game over) 13 pts.

The twelth edition of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest can be seen as a small revival of the contest. With 16 countries taking part, the contest became slightly bigger than the last couple of years. Countries like Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus and Serbia returned to the contest and Italy, Montenegro and Slovenia made their debut.

For the first time in history Malta got the honor of hosting a (Junior) Eurovision Song Contest. Gaia Cauchi, who also performed in the interval-act this year, won the contest in 2013 for Malta with her song ‘The Start’, and the Maltese broadcaster asked the EBU to host the contest this year. The Junior Eurovision Song Contest is not necessary being hosted by the winner from the previous year.