Junior Eurovision 2017: Does Tbilisi have the best JESC stage ever?


Junior Eurovision 2017 is drawing closer. And last week, as anticipation continued to build for the 15th edition of the contest, the EBU and host broadcaster GPB added to the hype by releasing images of this year’s stage design.

Inspired by Mariam Mamadashvili’s winning song “Mzeo” (Sun), the stage resembles a big sun shining so brightly that its rays shoot out towards the audience. To many it could be the child of the Eurovision 2015 stage in Vienna, which featured intricate pipework bursting outward as well. Whether you think the massive panels are sun beams, giant shards of glass or piano keys, they add dramatic effect and will frame the performers beautifully.

Many of our readers have reacted quite positively, suggesting that the stage looks even better than the adult Eurovision stage from Kyiv. While that might be a bit of a stretch, it definitely hints at the scale and ambition of the Georgian team.

Our readers have shared all manner of opinions on social media.

On Instagram Breebroo1 noted how the sunny stage reflects this year’s theme of “Shine Bright” and its accompanying artwork. “Is it just me or is the JESC stage always in great connection to the logo,” he writes. “Not that much with the ESC and its logos.”

Eurovisionbyjaz says it “looks pretty epic”, and keanuxcvi compares it to MTV’s annual awards show: “Anyway doesn’t it look like the stage of VMA 2015? The upper and the left and right parts look very familiar.”

Alex_vovidis suggests the kids’ show is slaying the adult show when it comes to setup: “When the ESC JUNIOR has a better stage than the official ESC since 2014.”

Panagiotis_gre says it “reminds me of ESC 2015 stage but damn that’s better!”

On Twitter our readers are as effusive.

Arianna says it’s “eye-catching” and “cool”, and Nia says it’s “unreal” and “awesome”.

Alex F-W makes the rather amusing observation that it resembles broken piano keys.

Junior Eurovision 2017 marks the second time that the competition will take place on a Sunday afternoon. It is scheduled for 26th November at 16:00 CET in the Olympic Palace in Tbilisi, Georgia. After its third time winning, this is the first time Georgia will host.

What do you think of the stage? Do you think Georgia will do well as a host country? Let us know in the comments box below.