VALLETA, MALTA – Malta placed fourth as Italy won a spectacular Junior Eurovision Song Contest held for the first time in Malta tonight. Maltese singer Federica galvanised the home crowd with her unique soprano voice and won points from all participating countries except Croatia. She got the maximum 12 points from Italy, with the Italian public probably remembering her victory in Italian TV’s Ti lascio una canzone.
For me it was a total shock to see for the very first time in my live Eurovision experience inside an arena, people standing up during the performance of a Junior Eurovision participant. The only senior Eurovision star which made the audience rising up in between the performance, from their seats during the performance was Vânia Fernandes in Eurovision 2008 edition. I barely could hold the camera to record as the excitement almost made me faint!