At Ukraine’s national final she stood on stage with dancers representing the four elements — air, earth, fire and water. But today, during her first rehearsal at Junior Eurovision 2016, it was all about the water for Sofia Rol, who opened her performance standing in an upside down umbrella. It looked somewhat broken — perhaps a symbol a troubled world and the need for kindness and optimism that she sings about in “Planet Craves for Love”. A male dancer and female violinist accompany her on stage, helping give the performance motion and life as Sofia stands alone belting it out. At times the camera pans around her, giving this a nice dose of energy and drive. The LED — mostly dark green and blue — features leaves and tree branches blowing in the wind, and finishes with a massive image of the earth rising in the background. Sofia works her hand choreography to great effect. At the end of her performance she creates a bird with her hands and makes it fly away.

Junior Eurovision 2016: Ukraine’s first rehearsal

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Photo: Andres Putting (EBU)

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With special effects, this entry will definitely stand out as all pieces of the story will come together for the viewers’ eyes. Smart move to help yet another ballad in this year’s Eurovision, but with that fantastic warm voice of hers, and that touching song and now poetic show, I can see this winning (especially after being let down by the super boring russian performance)

Not sure NTU wants both Eurovision and Junior Eurovision 2017 in Ukraine though ^^


Stunning! If nothing goes wrong Ukraine jump from my 12th place to top 5 <3

Roelof Meesters

This is by far the most polished performance this day. The umbrella looks AMAZING!!!!!!

Polegend Godgarina

Ukraine always knows how to make a boring song interesting (just look at Mika Newton – “Angel”). Slay a bit!

(J)ESC Fanatic

Weird but meaningful performance.