The Opening Ceremony of Junior Eurovision 2015 may have been postponed, but the running order draw proceeded this evening as planned. The 17 acts vying for the win each drew lots to determine whether they would sing in the first half or second half of Saturday’s show. Producers then used this to determine the running order within each part of Saturday’s live finale.

There were a few exceptions. Bulgaria’s Gabriela Yordanova actually drew her starting position — 13th. This is because she’s from the host country, and producers did not want to appear biased.

Two other countries also drew the first and last starting position — again, producers didn’t want to be seen playing favourites. Serbia’s Lena will sing first, while Montenegro’s Jana Mikrovic will sing last.

Last year’s winner — Vincenzo Cantiello from Italy — performed 11th. This year Armenia’s MIKA sings in that position.

JUNIOR EUROVISION 2015 RUNNING ORDER

1. Serbia: Lena Stamenkovic – “Lenina Pesma”

2. Georgia: The Virus – “Gabede” (Dare)

3. Slovenia: Lina Kuduzovic – “Prva Ljubezen”

4. Italy: Chiara & Martina Scarpari – ““Viva”

5. The Netherlands: Shalisa – “Million Lights”

6. Australia: Bella Paige – “My Girls”

7. Ireland: Aimee Banks – “Réalta na mara”

8. Russia: Mikhail Smirnov – “Mechta”

9. FYR Macedonia: Ivana & Magdalena – “Pletenka”

10. Belarus: Ruslan Aslanov – “Volshebstvo” (Magic)

11. Armenia: Mika – “Love”

12. Ukraine: Anna Trincher – “Pochny Z Sebe”

13. Bulgaria: Gabriela Yordanova & Ivan Stoyanov – “Colour of Hope”

14. San Marino: Kamilla Ismailova – “Mirror”

15. Malta: Destiny Chukunyere – “Not My Soul”

16. Albania: Mishela Rapo – “Dambaje”

17. Montenegro: Jana Mirkovic – “Oluja”

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Comi
Comi
5 years ago

Serbia’s chances are officialy screwed 🙁 Although Lena’s my fav
But awesome spot for Montenegro(my country) 😀

oooops
oooops
5 years ago

Malta performs 15th for the second year in a row.

Patrick S
5 years ago

@ John Christian:
The ESC spokespersons are still connected to the venue via satellite, you mixed sth up. And the reason why these connections were abandoned at JESC (no copy of ESC btw as most changes came to JESC before ESC) is the higher costs of satellite connections instead of flying the spokesperson to the host city.

Orinoco Child
5 years ago

A Maltese victory looks ever more likely with the strategic position of 3rd last.

John Christian
John Christian
5 years ago

For me, it was a bad running order.
Bulgaria drew in unlucky 13th, then Serbia and Montenegro will perform first and last. Second half is more on Eastern Europe.
JESC REALLY copied ESC. Producers have their final running order, spokespersons on stage, announcement of only 8, 10, and 12 points…ALL CARBON COPIES OF IT. Please, for Christ’s sakes, make the running order transparent, put the spokespersons announce their votes on location via satellite, and announce the points in English and French!

Foxreyna
Foxreyna
5 years ago

If you compare the songs to last year this would be the rankings (excluding Montenegro)
Serbia: 7
Georgia: 2
Slovenia: 15
Italy: 16

Eh I’ll just end it here

But my favorite is Anna, who may end up 3rd 😛

Graph
Graph
5 years ago

@No name

I also think Belarus could win. He has a powerful, dramatic song, the staging is likely to be spectacular, he’s a male vocalist in a contest that’s mostly girls, and he’s got a good draw.

Álex, from Spain
Álex, from Spain
5 years ago

You people are still giving excessive importance to the position. Bulgaria won the televote last year at 2nd position, not to talk about Conchita or Måns. If your song isn’t good enough to win with a “bad” position, then maybe it doesn’t deserve to win at all. By the way, you also give more importance to the voting part rather than to the music, the show and the entertainment. What a pity 🙁

No Name
No Name
5 years ago

Am I the only one who thinks Belarus has a winning chance? He can pull it off live and the juries will love him for sure. Don’t underestimate him!

beccaboo1212
5 years ago

If Serbia, Georgia, Slovenia, Italy, the Netherlands, Australia, San Marino, Malta, Albania, or Montenegro win… 😀

If Russia, Macedonia, Belarus, Armenia, or Ukraine win… ????

If Ireland wins… 🙁

Alison
Alison
5 years ago

Yes, a winning song will win from any position – ditto I’d say for top 3 songs. Therefore where I think the importance of the running order comes in to play is for the rest of the leader board. Getting 5th place is obviously better than coming 10th and those few spaces in the leader board can absolutely be impacted by your position in the running order.

SpirK
SpirK
5 years ago

In the last years it shows that the running order does not play a decisive role, but it can affect at a small level. I don’t think anyone is destroyed; Bulgaria last year won the televote with a huge margin performing 2nd. Would’ve they won it with a bigger margin had they sang later, probably resulting to them even winning? Maybe, we will never know. Anyway, I think that the producers did secure the favorites (Slovenia, Australia, Armenia and Malta) not necessarily by a great position but having them surrounded by songs that probably won’t overshadow them. My personal favorite,… Read more »

DenizNL
DenizNL
5 years ago

I actually agree very much with this draw!

jj
jj
5 years ago

It looks like the producers purposely sabotaged Serbia:

“Host country Bulgaria drew its exact starting position randomly. After that, Serbia and Montenegro drew the first and last position. The remaining countries then drew lots for the first and second half. After this was decided, the producers met backstage to determine the final order.”

Jak
Jak
5 years ago

Running order is nothing.

Both Conchita and Måns were in the first half of a 26 and 27, and they won with incredible margins.

I give really high chances of winning to Slovenia, Malta and Australia; while my personal favourite is Macedonia. <3

Daniel
Daniel
5 years ago

Will they do the online voting platform again like last year for those that aren’t from any of the participating countries?

Benny
Benny
5 years ago

Omg I hope that Slovenia will still have a chance of winning! The running order doesnt matter with the judges, because they have to rank all the songs, but it is televoting which can change everything!

Ben Rafter
Ben Rafter
5 years ago

So angry that Montenegro are going last! They are in my opinion the worst and now people will be able to remember them because they are last to perform! Happy with Malta’s position though.

Nick
Nick
5 years ago

I’m very disappointed that my two winners are performing 3rd and 6th… 🙁
But if Armenia wins I will be very angry with these who have made the running order. All of the good songs will be lost because of their order… I still remember Bulgaria and their draw last year but still.
I’ll judge from the first rehearsals tomorrow.

YoungsterJoey
YoungsterJoey
5 years ago

Oddly, lots of the favorites (meaning those that are consistently in people’s top 5s) are in the 1st half, i.e., Slovenia, Netherlands and Australia (and Serbia).

YoungsterJoey
YoungsterJoey
5 years ago

San Marino or Malta wins. Armenia, again, has good odds too.

Shame about Slovenia.

MMs
MMs
5 years ago

Despite the fact that there was a draw as to decide which half the songs are allocated (that should be taken into account) I do agree that the order should have been decided in random order. I love Slovenia’s song, it is so beautiful, but I didn’t see it winning irrespective of the order, unfortunately. I don’t think that the order is of much impact as can be seen from last year’s Bulgaria case, and we all know that the order mostly effects televoters, not juries, yet Bulgaria managed to win televoting. I think we should all wait for staging… Read more »

PP
PP
5 years ago

Malta and Albania , if we have situation like at Eurovision 2010 when we had Albania and Iceland song, similar song and draw ruin chance to both countries to get many points.

PP
PP
5 years ago

EBU want to Malta win the contest, acording to the draw
They don t want to Serbia or Slovenia to win the contest

Sparrow
Sparrow
5 years ago

Should have just been a completely random draw for all positions.

Sarah Boucher
5 years ago

If Italy, Georgia or Australia won, 🙂
If Russia won, 🙁
(USA Boycotts Saint Petersburg 2016)

Peyton
Peyton
5 years ago

Are people forgetting that Bulgaria won the televote last year and performed 2nd? As much as I’m mad that Slovenia is performing 3rd, I still think they have a chance at winning, as long as the jury ranks them high (because they should be good with the televote). However, I have to agree that Malta and Ukraine are in REALLY good spots and they should do fairly better than they would’ve if they went earlier. I’m just hoping for a miracle at this point that Slovenia can still pull off the win!

Graph
Graph
5 years ago

Of the songs that have an “elevated chance” of winning based on wiwi polls or Youtube videos, Armenia got the best spot. It’s about 2/3 through the program (which historically is the best area both in JESC and ESC). And it’s far away from Georgia, the other song with a similar kind of appeal. Belarus is in that same area of the show, and its a song that I think has a chance to win even though its not polling very high right now. The first three songs create an emotional roller coaster. The show has a serious opening with… Read more »

Calum Macleod
Calum Macleod
5 years ago

Bulgaria came 2nd performing 2nd last year, so I wouldn’t say Slovenia have completely lost their chances of winning if Malta and Ukraine don’t score higher than them.

Ivan
Ivan
5 years ago

No matter the bad draw for Slovenia I will vote for them. Let us make the best song win despite its position by voting and supporting them!

Daniel
Daniel
5 years ago

They killed Slovenia and handed victorh to Armenia or Ukraine on a golden platter. But Malta may still have a chance!

Paul D
Paul D
5 years ago

It definitely looks like is going to be either Malta or Armenia, but there can be surprises… it’s a pretty open year in my opinion

Mario = Legend
Mario = Legend
5 years ago

Malta or Armenia now I think. Still wish it was a random draw, not fair to the kids.

Ian D
Ian D
5 years ago

That has really knocked down Slovenia’s chances. Acts in the first half usually don’t win the junior contest. I think since 2003, 2/3 of the winners have been in the first half. Usually the winner performs near the end, and Malta and San Marino are pretty much in the perfect position.

Steven
Steven
5 years ago

Wow. They killed Slovenia’s chances. Ireland is good though. Malta? Meh.

The best thing that can happen to Slovenia right now is pulling a JESC Bulgaria 2014.

oooops
oooops
5 years ago

In my opinion Ireland and Ukraine should switch places, then Ukraine should switch with Slovenia, then I think it is a perfect running order in my opinion.

Eve, Bulgaria, the fan-favourite last year, performed 2nd, and she came 2nd.

#American
#American
5 years ago

Well remember, it was a lottery to determine which countries were going to sing in first half and the second half. Then the organizers sorted the songs based off that.

#NotToday
#NotToday
5 years ago

Are they really trying to make Malta win?

eve
eve
5 years ago

This just gave the victory to either Malta or Armenia and messed up Serbia’s and Slovenia’s chances completely 🙁

#American
#American
5 years ago

Well Malta’s Destiny is in a really good spot. LOL