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"Poland is so proud of you": 2019 Winner Viki Gabor talks to the press

24 November 2019 at 20:06 CET
Winners press conference 2019 Thomas Hanses
Shortly after singing her victorious song 'Superhero' for the last time on the Arena Gliwice stage, 2019 winner Viki Gabor received a warm welcome at her winner's press conference.

Junior Eurovision 2019 winner Viki Gabor was welcomed at the winner's press conference where she immediately ran to the stage to thank everyone: "I am here because of everybody."

Viki Gabor at the Junior Eurovision 2019 winner's press conference Thomas Hanses

TVP president Jacek Kurski was the first to congratulate Viki on stage. "When I first saw Viki on The Voice Kids I knew a star was born. I am so excited and emotional. It was a world-class show and a fantastic performance. Thank you Jon Ola Sand for fantastic cooperation. And I promise that Poland will apply to be the host country again next year!"

TVP president Jacek Kurski, Polish Junior Eurovision 2019 winner Viki Gabor and EBU Executive Supervisor Jon Ola Sand Thomas Hanses

Jon Ola Sand then took the opportunity to affirm Jacek Kurski's congratulations and excitement: "I would like to say congratulations [to Viki], you really nailed it. It was a touching and fantastic performance. It was a strong race with 19 great artists and you did it." He then thanked TVP for a fantastic production in Gliwice: "The support of the region, the city and the whole Polish community contributed to a successful show."

Polish Junior Eurovision 2019 winner Viki Gabor and EBU Executive Supervisor Jon Ola Sand Thomas Hanses

"Poland is so proud of you"

Viki then answered some questions from the press, many of them Polish and extraordinarily proud. She said again how the crowd filled her with joy: "The audience gave me energy, my family was standing there beside the stage, everyone was singing. We won because of Poland, because we came together, and like I say in my song, I hope now we can come together to save the earth."

Junior Eurovision 2019 winner Viki Gabor Thomas Hanses

When reminded of the inspiration she has now become for kids around Europe, Viki couldn't help but be amazed.

"The best day of my life"

Viki told the audience that when she came off the stage after singing her winning song, she saw her mother in tears and began to cry herself. "I was crying a minute ago because it just realized that I won and I can't believe it. It is the best day of my life. I think I'm just going to cry for the rest of my life."

Viki took some time to thank both her dancers and Małgorzata Uściłowska, Patryk Kumór and Dominic Buczkowski-Wojtaszek, the writers and composers of her winning song Superhero. "[the performance] took a long time to prepare. The dancers worked so hard and are amazing." She then introduced them one by one and exclaimed again: "these are the greatest dancers ever. It has been a pleasure to work with these people right here, I think they are really great and I would like to dance with them all my life."

Viki Gabor's dancers Thomas Hanses

Regarding the song, Viki said: "When I heard my song the first time I was like oh my god, I love this. I wanted my song to be about people coming together and so it was made for me. Thank you so much to the people who made the song." And for her next song topic? "I want it to be a surprise, you are going to see later. But before Eurovision, I had some songs already written - so just wait, it will be out soon"

What does the future hold?

Viki was equally as mysterious about her future. When asked her plans for the next few days, she replied, "I am going to cry, and then we are going to see." She is also open to hosting next year in Poland, but would only laugh say, "who knows!" What she is clear about is the direction of her future. "This is what I want to do all my life, I want to sing and make music - it's in my heart all the time. I would love to be a superstar in Poland, but I would also love to be a superstar all around the world."

The final question came from a Polish reporter who asked where Viki would like to see the Junior Eurovision Song Contest hosted next year, should TVP be successful in the bid they promise to submit. To that, she had an answer: "I think it would be nice in Warsaw and Krakow, my home city."