Last night the stars of Junior Eurovision 2016 turned up and turned out for the Opening Ceremony and running order draw.

And afterwards producers set to finalising the running order for Sunday’s show, hoping to create the right balance of entertainment — aka, let’s thin the wall of power ballads with some fierce, fun, uptempo ditties!

The final running order was released on Tuesday morning and is as follows

Junior Eurovision 2016 running order

  1. Ireland
  2. Armenia
  3. Albania
  4. Russia
  5. Malta
  6. Bulgaria
  7. F.Y.R. Macedonia
  8. Poland
  9. Belarus
  10. Ukraine
  11. Italy
  12. Serbia
  13. Israel
  14. Australia
  15. The Netherlands
  16. Cyprus
  17. Georgia

The running order does a good job of avoiding too many same-same songs one after the other.

Ireland, who drew the first starting position last night, opens with a pop-folk number. From there we move on to the uptempo stylings of Armenia’s Anahit & Mary, who will serve a heady mix of soul, funk and R&B. Then comes the Mother Earth realness of Russia and the cutesy electro pop of Malta.

We then move into ballad-dance-ballad-dance-ballad territory with Bulgaria, Macedonia, Poland, Belarus and Ukraine.

In spot 11 is Italy’s Fiamma, whose sweet ballad contrasts sharply with the urban stylings of Serbia in spot 12. Israel will light a candle in position 13, followed by the perfectly produced Alexa Curtis, the Dutch dancing queens from the Netherlands, and rising house music star George from Cyprus.

Georgia’s Mariam, who drew the last position last night, will close the show — presumably in her now iconic yellow dress.

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KennyESC
KennyESC
7 years ago

William plz, we know you think Albania’s song is horrible and it’s before Russia’s, but you know it exists too? “From there we move on to the uptempo stylings of Armenia’s Anahit & Mary, who will serve a heady mix of soul, funk and R&B. Then comes the Mother Earth realness of Russia and the cutesy electro pop of Malta.” NO, BEFORE THAT STUPID RUSSIAN ACT(I hate how Sofia hasn’t the spolight all on her anymore but instead the BACK VOCALISTS are stealing it)IS ALBANIA. ALBANIA TOO EXISTS, YOU KNOW?! btw I’m scared for Armenia and FYR Macedonia, the first… Read more »

Kris
Kris
7 years ago

@ Polegend Godgarina,
Yeah the song is good…..I thought that there was something other than the song itself that is making people watch happy day that I was missing

Polegend Godgarina
7 years ago

@ Kris – Because in the end, talent always wins.

Polegend Godgarina
7 years ago

The Netherlands are surrounded by boring acts, they’re good candidates as winners. The kids will LOVE Kisses and Dancin’!

Kris
Kris
7 years ago

Somebody please explain why lizi pop’s happy day ( Georgia 2014) is so popular on the jesc channel?

Kris
Kris
7 years ago

D’oh…..they have literally put all my top 5 one after the other…….. Had it been a televote year Italy would have had a massive advantage

James
James
7 years ago

That red car behind William though. :))

Roelof Meesters
Roelof Meesters
7 years ago

Russia has a big chance of winning, but I think Australia will take it home. Georgia is my last tho… With no televoting this really doesn’t change anything.

EsCfan
EsCfan
7 years ago

Something tells me that Russia won’t win. I think it will be Italy or Serbia. Macedonia is awesome, but it will flop.

Mmle
Mmle
7 years ago

Cyprus, win please.

oooops
oooops
7 years ago

I think Italy will win, and Cyprus will probably end up in top 5.

Bradley
Bradley
7 years ago

Can see Macedonia winning Italy is in a good spot too

(J)ESC Fanatic
(J)ESC Fanatic
7 years ago

My favorites are performing really early… anyway, it doesn’t really matter since only juries decide on the results. 🙂

Sio Mjorkiyakya
Sio Mjorkiyakya
7 years ago

Macedonia is at a good spot!! I think they might win!!

Nitzan
Nitzan
7 years ago

Australia still seem like winning material to me, while Cyprus is quite the dark horse.

EUROFAN MEXICO
7 years ago

OH MY GOOD I THINK THAT ITALY HAVE THE BEST PLACE OF THE FAVORITES BECAUSE ALL ARE FROM 2 TO 7 AND THE END OF THE SHOW IS FLAT WITH 4 SONGS NOT TO MUCH BILLIANTS.