Maléna wins Junior Eurovision 2021 for Armenia! 🇦🇲19 December 2021 at 19:30 CET
Maléna’s journey to Junior Eurovision champion has been a long one, having performed at Armenia’s national final a few years ago, and nearly joining the roster last year before the country withdrew… she was over the moon to be performing in Paris, and lifting the trophy was the icing on the cake.
Qami Qami impressed both viewers and juries, earning a grand total of 224 points, which was enough to finish in first place, with runners-up Poland and hosts France scoring 218 and 187 points respectively.
This is Armenia’s second win, after Vladimir Arzumanyan won in 2010 with Mama.
A total of 4.3 million valid votes were cast.
The show can be watched on the official Junior Eurovision YouTube channel:
Junior Eurovision 2021 Results
- 🇦🇲 Armenia: Maléna – Qami Qami [224 points]
- 🇵🇱 Poland: Sara James – Somebody [218 points]
- 🇫🇷 France: Enzo – Tic Tac [187 points]
- 🇬🇪 Georgia: Niko Kajaia – Let’s Count The Smiles [163 points]
- 🇦🇿 Azerbaijan: Sona Azizova – One Of Those Days [151 points]
- 🇺🇦 Ukraine: Olena Usenko – Vazhil [125 points]
- 🇷🇺 Russia: Tanya Mezhentseva – Mon Ami [124 points]
- 🇰🇿 Kazakhstan: Alinur Khazim & Beknur Zhanibekuly – Ертегі әлемі (Fairy World) [121 points]
- 🇲🇰 North Macedonia: Datje Muzika – Green Forces [114 points]
- 🇮🇹 Italy: Elisabetta Lizza – Specchio (Mirror On The Wall) [107 points]
- 🇵🇹 Portugal: Simão Oliveira – O Rapaz [101 points]
- 🇲🇹 Malta: Ike & Kaya – My Home [97 points]
- 🇷🇸 Serbia: Jovana & Dunja – Oči Deteta (Children’s Eyes) [86 points]
- 🇦🇱 Albania: Anna Gjebrea – Stand By You [84 points]
- 🇪🇸 Spain: Levi Díaz – Reír [77 points]
- 🇧🇬 Bulgaria: Denislava & Martin – Voice Of Love [77 points]
- 🇩🇪 Germany: Pauline – Imagine Us [61 points]
- 🇮🇪 Ireland: Maiú Levi Lawlor – Saor (Disappear) [44 points]
- 🇳🇱 Netherlands: Ayana – Mata Sugu Aō Ne [43 points]
Qami Qamihas caused a whirlwind for the 14 year old; JuniorEurovision.tv attended the winner’s press conference right after the sensational victory at La Seine Musicale.
Martin Österdahl opened proceedings by acknowledging Maléna’s victory and Armenia’s great track record:
'Congratulations Maléna! The coolest act of the week and the winner tonight… Armenia are superstars in the Junior Eurovision: 2 wins and 7 top three finishes.'
Armenia withdrew from the Contest last year, meaning Maléna had to wait to get her chance to shine on stage… something she reflected on in the press conference:
'Everything happens for a reason, so I’m very thankful. I’m obsessed with Eurovision, it’s always been my dream to take part.
She credits a teacher casting her in a school musical at the age of seven as her genesis into the world of music, and she hasn’t stopped since.
Today, she finds herself inspired by pop and R&B music from around the world, but especially points out Jaden Smith and Rosalía as two of her favourites right now, both for their musical creations as well as their visual style.
Maléna finds her inspiration and energy in music, both in the works of other people and, increasingly, her own creations.
She’s credited as one of this year’s lyricists on Qami Qami, having written the English-language portion, and she finds it wonderfully surreal to see something that she’s created go from simply an idea to being performed on such a massive stage.
‘I’d never think that I’d be writing lyrics that one day would be shared with such a big audience. It’s such a huge honour. The song is about finding yourself and finding a way to keep going. Don’t you ever think of falling down again…always be true to who you are.'