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Jesc 2018 | It's Nearly Time For Belarus To 'Light Up' At This Years Junior Eurovision

After what has seemed an age in coming, is finally here. The final of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest is nearly upon us. Tonight, Minsk, Belarus will welcome the world, as a record breaking 20 countries will compete to be this years winner.

It has been a very busy week for all participants, who have juggled many press conferences, with rehearsals, and last night saw the jury vote show. Have you picked a winner yet? You need to hurry as you haven't got long.

The juries voted last night on who their favourite is, and now it is down to you. After all songs have been performed, you the viewers at home will have a further 15 minutes to decide the final outcome of tonight's show.

The Junior Eurovision 2018 will be the 16th contest, and will see all the 20 countries try to win the crown.

  1. Ukraine

  2. Portugal

  3. Kazakhstan

  4. Albania

  5. Russia

  6. The Netherlands

  7. Azerbaijan

  8. Belarus

  9. Ireland

  10. Serbia

  11. Italy

  12. Australia

  13. Georgia

  14. Israel

  15. France

  16. F.Y.R. Macedonia

  17. Armenia

  18. Wales

  19. Malta

  20. Poland

This year will see Azerbiajan, Israel and France re-join the party after several years away. It will also see Kazakhstan, and Wales debut.

The first phase of the voting has already begun. The second phase of online voting takes place during the live show, and starts after the last song has been performed, this voting window opens up for approximately 15 minutes. Again, the international audience can vote for a minimum of 3 countries and a maximum of 5. Viewers can also vote for their own country’s song. These votes will then be turned into points. The national jury will consist of 50% of the vote, whilst the the televote will get the other 50% of the vote. The juries will award points in the traditional way. Starting from 1-8 then 10 and finally the maximum 12. As there are 20 countries, there is 1600 points to be fought over. If one country were to receive all twenty "12 points", they could walk away with 240. Then the televotes are calculated by the percentage of votes received. For example, if a song receives 20% of the votes, then it receives 20% of the available points (20% from 1.160 points = 232 points).

This was the Eurovoxx top 10. Please not this is only an opinion and so many songs deserved to be there.

Some of the big hitters don't appear in our top 10. Tell us who should be there in the comments below.

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