PHOTOS: Inside the Junior Eurovision 2017 Opening Ceremony

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The Junior Eurovision 2017 slogan is #ShineBright. And on Monday evening this year’s contestants — and their delegations — did just that inside the gorgeous National Parliamentary Library of Georgia.

Marc Mingels — our special photography correspondent for JESC this year — attended the event and captured the contestants as they chatted with Junior Eurovision 2017 winner Mariam Mamadashvili and participated in the running order draw. If you’re a fan of his photography, you can visit his web site for more.

Junior Eurovision 2017: Opening Ceremony photos

Photos by Marc Mingels for wiwibloggs

#ShineBright on Instagram

Rezo Mamsikashvili — our Georgian blogger who lives in Tbilisi — was also very busy last night. He kept our Instagram stories coming thick and fast, and has updated countless candids for you to enjoy.

Be sure to follow the @wiwibloggs Instagram account to get closer to the action on-the-ground.

Rezo also filmed a few interviews, which we’ll upload to our YouTube channel later today.

Are you excited for this weekend’s show? Who is your early favourite? And who do you think is going to win? Let us know in the comments box below.

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