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France wins the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2022

Spin The Magic: Lissandro from France wins Junior Eurovision 2022 with the song "Oh Maman!"

A new milestone for the EBU as the 20th edition of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest was broadcast live from Yereven, Armenia.

16 countries competed at this year's edition, and once all was said and done Lissandro from France was declared the winner of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2022 with the song "Oh Maman!"

Lissandro – "Oh Maman!"

Live from the Karen Demirchyan Sports and Concerts Complex in Yereven, this year's Junior Eurovision was hosted by Iveta Mukuchyan, Karina Ignatyan and Garik Papoyan.

Lissandro from France was crowned winner based on voting from national juries in all 16 competing countries. For the sixth time, viewers from around the world could also vote for their favorite songs in two windows: Online voting before the show, where the voting was based on snippets of rehearsals, and online voting during the show, where the viewers could vote during the 15 minutes after the last performance.

The national juries and the online voting each determined 50% of the result.

Junior Eurovision 2022 – Result

Serbia's Katarina Savić didn't perform during the show due to medical reasons. A recording from Katarina's second rehearsal was used instead.

History of Junior Eurovision

Back in 2000, broadcaster Danish Radio (DR) held a song contest for children, and in 2002 the "MGP Nordic" was held jointly with Sweden and Norway. The EBU picked up the idea for a song contest featuring children, and the first Junior Eurovision Song Contest was held in 2003 in Copenhagen, with 16 participating countries.

Back then, Junior Eurovision was based on entertainment for kids around Europe - on their level. It has since transformed itself into a copy of the "adult Eurovision," lacking the soul and unique atmosphere it once had.

Junior Eurovision is only open to children aged 9 to 14.

Winners of Junior Eurovision

About the author: Pedro Santos (Portugal)

authorPedro comes from Lisbon, Portugal. He's 30 years old and graduated in journalism. He has attended Eurovision Song Contest three times live - 2018, 2019 and 2022 - and covered the show twice more (2021, 2023) but his first Eurovision memory takes him back to 2007 when Sarbel delivered his catchy "Yassou Maria" performance. Pedro's favorite Eurovision song is Albania's 2015 "I'm Alive" by Elhaida Dani which is also his favorite Eurovision edition.

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