[<< wikinews] Russia wins Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2006
Sunday, December 3, 2006 
In an atmosphere of fun and excitement, the 4th annual Junior Eurovision Song Contest was held in Bucharest, Romania. The big winners of the night were twin duo Sisters Tolmatchevy with their song "Vesna" (Spring). Followed by Russia were pre-contest favorites Belarus (winners of the 2005 edition), and Sweden taking the second and third places respectively. Rounding out the top 5 were Spain and Serbia. 
The evening began with an introduction by 12-year-old co-hostess Ioana Ivan followed by an elaborate dance routine. Romanian reporter, Andreea Marin took to the stage to kick off the 15 performances from various European countries. Romania incorporated historic and modern elements in an interesting way that would appeal to children everywhere. Dracula was also present on stage, helping Ioana and Andreea present. The evening ran smoothly, but not without some surprises. At the end of the voting, most of the reactions expressed shock in the Portuguese and Macedonian results. These two countries could be found at the bottom of the scoreboard.  

01. Russia - 154
02. Belarus - 129
03. Sweden - 116
04. Spain - 90
05. Serbia - 81
06. Romania - 80
07. Belgium - 71
08. Ukraine - 58
09. Cyprus - 58
10. Croatia - 50
11. Malta - 48
12. The Netherlands - 44
13. Greece - 35
14. Portugal - 22
15. FYR Macedonia - 14


== Sources ==
European Broadcasting Union. "Congratulations Russia" — Junior Eurovision 2006, December 2, 2006
Luke Fisher, Alasdair Rendall, Nelson Costa. "Junior Eurovision 2006: Russia wins the 2006 contest" — Oikotimes, December 2, 2006