Euro Star! Roksana rocks it with stunning Junior Eurovision win
Teenage singing sensation Roksana Węgiel has become the first Pole to win the Junior Eurovision competition.
The 13-year-old beat runner up France by a total of 12 points to take the coveted title with her song Anyone I Want to Be.
Prior to the competition in the Belarusian capital Minsk, Polish starlet ‘Roksie’ had already been pegged as one of the favourites to win after her song went viral on YouTube with over 1 million views in just two weeks.
With a record breaking 20 entrants taking part in the competition, the artist vocally battled it out with rivals from Kazakhstan, Wales, Australia, and France.
Some 15,000 people gathered at the Minsk-Arena to applaud the winner, who was elected by an international jury and voted for by internet and TV watchers across the globe.
After being announced winner, a clearly emotional Węgiel said: “I can’t believe it, really.
“I’m very happy and excited. I want to thank my country, my family, my dancers, the other contestants, God…. I don’t know what to say. Amazing, really!”
Starting singing lessons when she was just eight, the young star was poised as she belted out her inspirational number which was written by an all-star international team, consisting of Polish singer Lanberry, Danish producer Cutfather, British-American songwriter Maegan Cottone, and Danish-Norwegian musician Daniel Heløy Davidsen.
It’s been a busy year for the young star. In February she won the first Polish season of The Voice Kids, later being she signed up to record label Universal Music Polska.
She released her second single ‘Obiecuję’ before being chosen to record the soundtrack for the Polish version of the hit film Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation.
Now crowned as the 16th Junior Eurovision winner, the teen from the town of Jasło in southern Polish town of Jasło is planning to release an album.