After an exciting live show with 20 outstanding performances, Roksana Węgiel from Poland was announced the winner of the 16th Junior Eurovision Song Contest. The annual competition, organised by the EBU and Belarusian Host Broadcaster BTRC, took place at the Minsk Arena in Belarus. Congratulations, Roksana!
In a spectacular show that saw a very tight race to the finish, Poland was declared the winner of the 2018 Junior Eurovision Song Contest with 215 points. Roksana's song is called Anyone I Want To Be. France's Angélina came second with 203 points. Third was Jael from Australia with 201 points.
This year's online voting for the Junior Eurovision Song Contest achieved a record-breaking number of votes, totaling a staggering 1,283,921 valid votes.
READ MORE: Roksana Węgiel's participant profile.
Roksana, or Roxie, Węgiel is a 13-year-old vocalist who won the first season of The Voice Kids Poland. She is a girl full of energy and always does what she believes in. Currently Roksana Węgiel is working on her debut album.
Jon Ola Sand, the EBU's Head of Live Events, said: "With a record 20 acts, this year has been the most spectacular Junior Eurovision Song Contest yet and the talent we’ve seen has been phenomenal. Each year the contestants raise the bar with their passion and professionalism and it’s wonderful to see them ‘Light Up’ in front of an international audience. Roksana Węgiel from Poland encapsulates what Junior Eurovision is all about and is a very deserved winner. We are all excited to see what lies ahead for Roksana and I’m sure she has a bright future ahead of her.”
He added: "We at the EBU would like to thank the team at BTRC and all the delegations involved for the hard work they put into this year’s show."
After the show, we spoke with Roksana on stage:
This year’s show was hosted by Helena Meraai, Eugene Perlin and Zena. Zena previously participated in Belarus’ National Selections for the 2015 and 2016 Junior Eurovision Song Contest and has returned as a host and fan of the competition.
Today's show was seen by millions at home, on TV and on the official Junior Eurovision channel on YouTube. Do you want to hear your favourites from this year's Junior Eurovision Song Contest? Listen to the album HERE!
As we say goodbye to Minsk and thank BTRC for a successful 2018 Junior Eurovision Song Contest, all eyes turn to the location of the 2019 Junior Eurovision Song Contest. This news will be announced by the end of this year. Please keep an eye on this website and the official Junior Eurovision Song Contest social media channels for further updates.