Spain is once again left with the desire to win in Junior Eurovision. The Valencian Sandra Valero, only twelve years old, achieved second position this Sunday in the latest edition of the famous children’s music festival, which this year took place at the Palais Nikaïa in Nice (France).
Despite starting among the group of favorites, the Spanish representative has suffered the ‘curse’ of acting in first place, a starting position in which no one has achieved victory in the twenty years of history of the contest. However, the former contestant of The voice He has exuded voice and mastery on stage performing Loviu, a brilliant performance that has been rewarded with the third best rating from the jury and the second in the online voting. Finally, she is only 27 points behind the winning country of the contest: France.
Become a traveling superhero who dreams of exploring the world, Sandra has started her great performance by pretending to be on the roof of her room, imagining that she is traveling through different continents. This dream comes true and, together with her five dancers, Sandra puts on one of the legendary aviation uniforms from the 1930s to travel the planet with suitcases.
In the background of the performance, along with some of the main monuments such as the Eiffel Tower or the Statue of Liberty, the different ways of saying “I love you” have been shown, as the title of their song phonetically suggests, in languages such as English, French or Portuguese.
The staging, very colorful and overflowing with energy, included smoke on the floor and pyrotechnics right at the end of the performance, when the performance became a great party in which the Spanish representative enjoyed having fulfilled her dream. : meet boys and girls from other countries and represent Spain in Junior Eurovision.
Chance wanted Spain to act in first place this year, a position from which no one had managed to be among the top three in the classification. Sandra has achieved a great second place, dazzling the professional juries with her voice and professionalism. In fact, Spain has received 116 points from the jury in total, including ’12’ from Estonia, Georgia, France and Italy. Only Ireland and Portugal have left us without support. Meanwhile, in the online vote, Sandra has been a handful of points away from being the most voted option.
With its second place, Spain keeps its pulse in the Junior Eurovision, with one victory (María Isabel in 2004 with her mythical ‘Antes muerte que simple’), three silvers, two bronzes, a fourth place, a sixth place and a fifteenth place. .
Although the achievements of France are impressive, with Zoé Clauzure they have achieved their third victory in just four years. With Heart, the 13-year-old girl from Montrouge has captivated the jury and televoting with an anthem against bullying that she herself suffered firsthand. For this reason, she has taken this scourge to the Junior Eurovision stage so that boys and girls from all over Europe become aware of this social scourge. “Advance towards victory, without fear of stares, even if some want to see you fail,” she says in her song, performed with a staging in which the girl starts her song playing a heart-shaped piano. .
The Armenian pop group Yan Girls and the British band Stand Uniqu3 occupied the next two places, while the Ukrainian Anastasia Dymyd closed the top 5 of the final with a manga aesthetic that, at times, was very reminiscent of the series sailor Moon. The heart with the colors of Ukraine on a pendant reminded of its origin, a country devastated by a war that has lasted two years.
Precisely, all of this year’s participants as well as former representatives have sung together the now famous We are the world, the anthem for peace that Michael Jackson composed with Lionel Richie in 1985 at a time when bombs and shrapnel try to silence the music.