In only five days time, Junior Eurovision 2019 will finally take place in Poland. First rehearsals for the contest officially kicked off today inside Gliwice Arena.

Yerzhan Maxim donned a bright blue suit. Carla brought the bam and boom. And Karina Ignatyan made it clear that pink is the colour of her dream. And that was just three of the ten countries that had their first rehearsal on 19 November. But who among today’s acts — Malta, Kazakhstan, Italy, Ireland, Georgia, France, Belarus, Australia, Armenia and Albania — do you think made the most impact?

This year’s first rehearsals are all held behind closed doors. But, luckily the EBU have uploaded photos and small snippets of each rehearsal for us to look at.

You can watch the clips and check out the pictures of today’s first rehearsals below. Then vote in our poll. You can vote for as many countries as you like, but you can only vote one time, so make it count. Be sure to click the box next to each act you want to support before pressing submit.

Junior Eurovision First Rehearsals on Tuesday 19 November (Day 1)

Malta: Eliana Gomez Blanco — “We Are More”

Kazakhstan: Yerzhan Maksim — “Armanyńnan qalma”

Italy: Marta Viola — “La Voce Della Terra”

Ireland: Anna Kearney — “Banshee”

Georgia: Giorgi Rostiashvili — “We Need Love”

France: Carla — “Bim Bam Toi”

Belarus: Liza Misnikova — “Pepelny (Ashen)”

Australia: Jordan Anthony — “We Will Rise”

Armenia: Karina Ignatyan — “Colours of Your Dream”

Albania: Isea Çili — “Mikja ime fëmijëri”

Poll: Who had the best first rehearsal at Junior Eurovision 2019 on 19 November?

What’s your overall opinion of today’s first rehearsals? Who do you think stood out the most? Let us know in the comments below!

Read the lyrics to all Junior Eurovision 2019 entries here

Find out more about the contest with our guide here

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sognomio

Spain the best song and voice

WhiteSox
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WhiteSox

You wish

NickC
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NickC

Georgia is so underrated in this poll. Consider yourselves warned.

Dawid
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Dawid

So is there”bim bam toi” lyric in Carla’s song? Or does it mean something else?

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Hrvatska
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Hrvatska

I would like the jury to understand the song of Albania, but I have concerns because the performance and the music video are particularly different, I wonder how the judges will evaluate the performance, for sure Albania has my voice

Tom
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Tom

Armenia, France
(ALBANIA, KAZAKHSTAN, GEORGIA, IRELAND) surprised me

AUA
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AUA

Armenia looks like a version of Katherine Dushka’s ‘Better Love’ from ESC 2019. AND. I. LOVE. IT!!! Yerevan 2020 please <3

Tom
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Tom

Yeah little bit

evvvity
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evvvity

Ok so Jordan’s voice is good no question, and it’s nice to see there are the classic 4 dancers… But they don’t seem to be well choreographed. And why does he go to the piano?? And what is with that screen in the first bit we see – it’s not quite timed right and it seems quite out of place, but maybe there’s a nice build to it. Honestly I wanted to be able to vote for my own country for once but the staging is giving me nothing and the song isn’t stunning! There’s just his voice but so… Read more »

Dawid
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Dawid

Doesn’t he start with the piano and then stands up?

Alex
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Alex

That’s what I was thinking. I’m pretty sure he starts with the piano.

Purple Mask
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Purple Mask

Good luck to everyone. (Awkward pause.)
Okay, okay, fine. My honest opinion: I liked four of these.
France has the song that stands out the most, and the staging looks great.
Kazakhstan has arguably the best singer, which might be enough on its own.
Armenia has a very “together” entry with a lot of likability.
Australia sounded nice as well. 🙂

Briekimchi
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Briekimchi

I don’t think there’s that much arguable about it! Until Spain comes around, he’s got that title all to himself. 😉

blondboybc
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blondboybc

Standouts of this lot were France, Armenia and Kazakhstan–that voice! Will wait for others tomorrow till my top 19 is decided! Some acts were lacking staging/choreo and that will hurt them.

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WannaEatMySpaghetti

I don’t see a performance high above the others. They all did an impressive work and it shows that JESC is slowly turning into a really good and professionnal competition. Kazakhstan is impressive with that voice but I knew ut was going to be this way! I was afraid for Carla because it’s not an easy song to defend live. She seemed to do it really well. And Armenia is definitely going to do a high score. Perhaps not winning but with that running order and a well thought performance, it’s going to receive lot of points from public. Perhaps… Read more »

Briekimchi
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Briekimchi

Which country did the most for itself with its rehearsal? Kazakhstan! His vocals would stand out in any competition.
France look the most like potential winners out of this bunch. Everything was very professional but still looked fun.

Wayne
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Wayne

I wish Kazakhstan would debut in the adult ESC. I’m sure they’ll be sending great singers

An American ESC Fan
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An American ESC Fan

Ooh, Armenia looks awesome! Yerevan 2020?

Other notable ones to me were:
– France (I love the vibes I get from this)
– Ireland (beautiful, though I think it’ll need something more to make it stand out, being Poland’s successor)
– Kazakhstan (also beautiful! I’m pleasantly surprised)
– Albania (I think the colorful staging was risky but it definitely paid off)

Roelof Meesters
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Roelof Meesters

Armenia is gonna get top 3. Mark my words.

Troy
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Troy

Thr Australian’s vocals sound better than most Eurovision entries.

Purple Mask
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Purple Mask

Indeed. There’s a possible future ESC winner there.

Zekira
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Zekira

Colourful childish stage + great song + perfect running order = Armenia the winner of Junior Eurovision 2019

Ron
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Ron

They are all great. My two favorites are Armenia and France!

Eurovision fan
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Eurovision fan

Armenia! So colourful and energetic performance, her dress is gorgeous. Now it’s 2nd in my top 19 so I would be very happy if she won jesc2019. I’m voting for her on sunday

La La Love
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La La Love

Third in mine