It's VIK-tory! Kraków’s Viki Gabor wins Junior Eurovision
Poland has won the Junior Eurovision Song Contest for the second year running, after singer Viki Gabor wowed the public and the jury with her dynamic performance.
The 12-year-old stormed to victory with her pop song Superhero which she sang in both Polish and English taking 278 points, far ahead of Yerzhan Maxim from Kazakhstan, who came second with 227 points and Melani Garcia from Spain, who came third with 212 points.
A record 3.77 million votes were cast online.
Stunned Gabor posted on her Instagram: “I don't even know how to put it into words. I can't believe I've won. Wasn't expecting it at all. That's the best thing that ever happened to me and I will remember this moment until the rest of my life.”
Jon Ola Sand, the contest’s executive supervisor, congratulated Gabor on her victory, saying he hoped it would be “the springboard for a successful singing career”.
She was also congratulated by PM Mateusz Morawiecki, who was watching the performance in the Gliwice Arena, and by President Andrzej Duda.
Born in Germany in 2007, Gabor began her education in Britain and now lives in Kraków.
Her debut single “Time”, released in February, has been watched 2.8 million times on YouTube.
Poland is the first country to win the Junior Eurovision Song Contest two years in a row, after Roksana Węgiel, who was 13 at the time, won last year’s edition in Minsk, Belarus.
It is also the first time the host country has won the competition.
Artists from 19 countries took part in this year’s edition in Gliwice, south-western Poland, which was organised by the European Broadcasting Union and hosted by Polish television TVP.