Valentina, 11, representing France, won the 2020 Eurovision Junior Song Contest, giving her country its very first victory. Valentina stunned the home crowd with an incredible performance of “I imagine (I imagine) *, ending with an impressive 200 points.
France first participated in the Eurovision Junior Song Contest in 2004 and returned to the competition in 2018.
Valentina, whose idol is Ariane Grande, said her song’s favorite lyrics were ” So it’s true, it’s not always happy, in our hearts it’s a bit like a fight. And you? What are you doing tomorrow? Imagine with me! because it reflects reality – life is not always easy and fun – but it still has a very hopeful message at the end – to imagine a better future together! ”
Karakat Bashanova from Kazakhstan collected 152 points to finish in 2nd place with “Forever”. Spaniard Solea singing “Palante” finished 3rd with 133 points.
EBU members and associates from 12 different countries took part in the annual competition for talented young people aged 9-14.
STATE OF THE ART FAIR
The 18th edition was hosted by the European Broadcasting Union (EBU), hosted by Telewizja Polska (TVP) for the second year in a row and broadcast live from Warsaw despite the challenges facing the current pandemic.
For the very first time, in the interests of health and safety, all performances were recorded “live to tape” before the show. The artists then joined live from their home countries to chat with the hosts and watch the thrilling voting unfold in a cutting edge show featuring the latest augmented reality (AR) technology.
This technology helped all of the performers appear on stage together to sing the theme song for the “Move The World” competition.
AR also allowed the winner of the Eurovision Song Contest 2019, Duncan Lawrence from the Netherlands, to perform a very special version of his song “Arcade” with the Polish winners of the Eurovision Song Contest 2018 and 2019 Roksana Węgiel and Viki Gabor.
MILLIONS OF VOTES
Viewers from participating countries and around the world helped choose the winner by voting online.
Juries made up of three industry experts and two children from each participating country provided 50% of the scores.
A record 4.5 million votes were received in the online poll which was split into two rounds; one before the show based on snippets and a second that opened after the last live performance, allowing viewers to vote based on what they saw on stage.
This year’s show was hosted by Polish TV presenters Ida Nowakowska-Herndon, Rafał Brzozowski and Małgorzata Tomaszewska.
“MOVE THE WORLD”
Martin Österdahl, General Manager of the competition, said: “I am so impressed with our young artists. They had dreamed of performing in the Eurovision Junior Song Contest and they managed to live that dream and bring the scene to life, despite the most difficult circumstances.
Congratulations to our fantastic winner Valentina and her broadcaster France Télévisions. They truly deserve their success and let it be the springboard for an exciting career in music.
“The EBU would like to congratulate the TVP team for taking on an extremely difficult task this year, making possible what seemed impossible,” he added.
“Producing an event of this scale under ordinary circumstances is difficult enough, but everyone in Warsaw has worked incredibly hard to ensure that the 2020 Eurovision Song Contest is held. The dedication of the production team and everyone else the delegations involved this year made this unique competition a great success.
The host broadcaster of the 2021 Eurovision Song Contest Junior will be announced in the coming months.
The full show can be streamed on demand on the official YouTube channel.
Find all the fun behind the scenes on our social media channels @EurovisionJr on Twitter, @junioreurovisionofficial on Instagram and Junior Eurovision Song Contest on Facebook.
* Written and composed by Antoine Barrau & Barbara Pravi
Valentina grew up in a musical environment. Her mother, an Italian teacher, sang sweet lullabies and since then Valentina has had an unconditional love for singing. In 2018, she stood out during the audition of Kids United Nouvelle Génération and successfully joined 4 other singers for an exciting journey. She quickly became the Kids New Generation mascot, developing an impressive community of fans on social networks of nearly 300,000 followers.
She has recorded two albums with the group, participates in UNICEF missions and participates in various collective projects with other artists.
Valentina also raps in French and sings in Italian and particularly enjoys singing Laura Pausini’s songs since her mother is a big fan.