Eurovision might have been cancelled this year, but fans still got their fix of the song contest as 12 countries battled it out at Junior Eurovision 2020 on Sunday night.
The competition was held in Poland and went ahead despite the global pandemic, with fans able to tune in via Polish broadcaster TVP and the Junior Eurovision YouTube channel.
Adapting to new protocols, the 2020 live final also included pre-recorded performances and was a hit with viewers, as a record-breaking 4.5million votes were cast.
It saw France’s entry Valentina, an 11-year-old singer, crowned the winner, following her performance of J’Imagine.
She pulled out all the stops as she was joined on stage by four dancers and performed in front of a background of famous landmarks – landing a final score of 200 points after the judges’ vote and online vote was combined.
Valentina topped the leaderboard, just beating Kazakhstan which finished in second with 152 points and Spain in third with 133.
Germany finished in 12th place with 66 points, behind Serbia’s total score of 85.
Junior Eurovision returned to Warsaw in Poland, after the country hosted the 2019 song contest in Gliwice-Silesia, which saw Viki Gabor crowned the winner.
Earlier this year, the Eurovision Song Contest 2020 was cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Bosses decided not to go ahead with both the live semi-finals grand final, which was set to take place in Rotterdam between 12-16 May.
A statement from the EBU read at the time: ’It is with deep regret that we have to announce the cancellation of the Eurovision Song Contest 2020 in Rotterdam.
‘Over the past few weeks we have explored many alternative options to allow the Eurovision Song Contest to go ahead.’
It continued: ‘However, the uncertainty created by the spread of Covid-19 throughout Europe – and the restrictions put in place by the governments of the participating broadcasters and the Dutch authorities – means the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) has taken the difficult decision that it is impossible to continue with the live event as planned.’
It has since been confirmed that Eurovision will return in 2021 to Rotterdam and all 41 countries will be back for the contest, with some choosing to enter the same acts that would have taken to the stage this year.
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