As Malta prepares to host the first ever Junior Eurovision Song Contest on a Sunday afternoon, there’s still the small matter of the running order. Well now the wait is over — to some degree at least. The 17 competing countries each drew lots to determine which half of the show they will be singing in. Producers will determine the precise order later in the week.
The allocation draw took place during today’s opening ceremony at the Manoel Theatre in Valletta. The producers will not be able to decide who’s first on stage, or who closes the show though.
That’s because those positions were also in the draw. As a result, we know that Ireland’s Zena Donnelly will open the show, whilst Georgia’s Mariam Mamadashvili will bring the curtain down. Wiwi Jury favourites Russia will perform in the first half also, along with host nation Malta.
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Allocation Draw Results
One highlight of the night was watching Malta’s reigning JESC queen Destiny perform “Embrace” — the official theme song.
She worked it vocally and sartorially, slipping into an all-black number that fit the sassy vibe of the song.
In the video you’ll also see some of this year’s stars chatting and taking selfies, including Israel’s Tim, Russia’s Sofia Fisenko and the guys from Belarus.
Junior Eurovision 2016 Opening Ceremony
What do you think of the running order as it stands? Do you think Ireland and Georgia are good for their positions? Let us know in the comments section below!