When audiences tune into Junior Eurovision 2020 on Sunday 29 November, they may be struck by a keen sense of communal resilience. That’s because Germany’s Susan will open the show with “Stronger With You”.
Some might consider the entry a surprise opener, but it was, of course, the result of chance. Germany drew the first position during Monday’s Opening Ceremony.
France drew position number 12, and will close the show with Valentina and “J’imagine”.
In the interests of fairness, a number also had to be drawn for Poland’s homegirl Ala Tracz. The “I’ll Be Standing” songstress will perform sixth.
Junior Eurovision 2020 Running Order
The running order fate of the remaining contestants was decided by producers, whose job it is to create the most interesting show possible — aka, spacing out ballads and dance numbers so there’s never a sense of monotony.
- The Netherlands
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Does the running order matter at JESC?
If you believe in statistics then yes, it does.
In the 17-year history of Junior Eurovision, only two songs from the first half have managed to win the contest — Croatia 2003 and Georgia 2008. That’s around 12.5% of all winners.
If you are lucky enough to draw the second half then the closing slot has a very strong chance of victory. It has four wins: Belarus 2005, Russia 2006, Georgia 2016 and Poland 2018. In the 2010s, Malta (twice), Russia, Armenia, Georgia and Ukraine all won from slots in the last five.
What do you think of the running order? Who has an advantage and who doesn’t? Let us know below.