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The 16 competing acts of Junior Eurovision 2023 now know in which position they’ll perform during Sunday’s show, as the full running order has been released.

In the interest of fairness, the opening and closing positions were drawn at random at the opening ceremony on Monday evening. Spain’s Sandra Valero will be first to hit the stage with her song “Loviu”. At the other end we find Sep & Jasmijn from the Netherlands, who will sing their entry “Holding On To You” as the final act of the night.

Host country France also randomly drew their position. Zoé Clauzure will sing in spot #12.

The rest of the running order has been decided by the contest’s producers in order to create the most exciting and logistically-feasible show possible — balancing genre and the ease of changing props for each act.

Junior Eurovision 2023 running order

  1. 🇪🇸 Spain: Sandra Valero — “Loviu”
  2. 🇲🇹 Malta: Yulan — “Stronger”
  3. 🇺🇦 Ukraine: Anastasia Dymyd — “Kvitka”
  4. 🇮🇪 Ireland: Jessica McKean — “Aisling”
  5. 🇬🇧 United Kingdom: STAND UNIQU3 — “Back To Life”
  6. 🇲🇰 North Macedonia: Tamara Grujeska — “Kaži Mi, Kaži Mi Koj”
  7. 🇪🇪 Estonia: ARHANNA — “Hoiame Kokku”
  8. 🇦🇲 Armenia: Yan Girls — “Do It My Way”
  9. 🇵🇱 Poland: Maja Krzyżewska — “I Just Need A Friend”
  10. 🇬🇪 Georgia: Anastasia & Ranina — “Over The Sky”
  11. 🇵🇹 Portugal: Júlia Machado — “Where I Belong”
  12. 🇫🇷 France: Zoé Clauzure — Cœur
  13. 🇦🇱 Albania: Viola Gjyzeli — “Bota Ime”
  14. 🇮🇹 Italy: Melissa & Ranya — “Un Mondo Giusto”
  15. 🇩🇪 Germany: FIA — “Ohne Worte”
  16. 🇳🇱 Netherlands: Sep & Jasmijn — “Holding On To You”
 
 
 
 
 
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Does the running order matter at JESC?

If you believe in statistics then yes, it does.

In the 20-year history of Junior Eurovision, only four songs from the first half have managed to win the contest — Croatia 2003, Georgia 2008, Armenia 2021, and most recently France 2022.

If you are lucky enough to draw the second half then the closing slot has a very strong chance of victory. It has six wins: Belarus 2005, Russia 2006, Belarus 2007, Georgia 2016, Poland 2018 and France 2020. 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 for Junior Eurovision 2023? When will your favourite perform? Sound off in the comments below.

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BadWoolfGirl
BadWoolfGirl
6 months ago

I heard some fans bellyaching about whether North Macedonia’s chances to win or reach top-five have been diminished due to its running order slot, but do you know what could help north Macedonia this Sunday? Voting for it! The power is in your hands. Vote like mad for it to give it a least a decent result.

vetrina
vetrina
6 months ago

France will win again

Noam600
Noam600
6 months ago

Off topic, I love the fact that Wiwi don’t even talk about the Israeli pre-selection show, that in full speed now in Israel and there is already a female singer that could win that pass to the next episode…

Alecs
Alecs
6 months ago
Reply to  Noam600

They are busy with the Azeri selection.

Bejba
Bejba
6 months ago
Reply to  Noam600

The Only News We Need From Izrael Is That They Are Banned From The ESC

Tino
Tino
6 months ago
Reply to  Noam600

I guess they do the same as you. They choose who they want to talk about and who they don’t want to. In your case you only talk about Israel and considering the situation I would find it quite normal to just ignore the country.

BadWoolfGirl
BadWoolfGirl
6 months ago
Reply to  Noam600

That selection is solely about choosing an artist for eurovision, so there’s not really much to report anyway.

grft
grft
6 months ago
Reply to  Noam600

we do not care about this country

Romes
Romes
6 months ago

Running order taken into account I assume it’s going to be either Netherlands, France, or Armenia

Romes
Romes
6 months ago
Reply to  Romes

Personally I would like seeing Macedonian U.K., Netherlands, Armenia or possibly even Estonia and Albania win.

NoMoreEscAddicted
NoMoreEscAddicted
6 months ago
Reply to  Romes

Everybody except France isn’t it? No problem we’re used of it.

grft
grft
6 months ago

Not you crying under every JESC post

Ema
Ema
6 months ago

NORTH MACEDONIA FOR THE WIN. THEY DESERVED IT

Nikita Zhukov
Nikita Zhukov
6 months ago

Given the running order, I’m assuming the main bets are on France and Netherlands, but I’m still hoping North Macedonia pulls through and takes it

Vivian
Vivian
6 months ago

I honestly think this running order is pretty fair. It mixes genres decently well and Spain is probably the best opener that could’ve been chosen. Also humorous to see Germany in 15/16 after having to open twice in their earlier two competing years

Anonymous91
Anonymous91
6 months ago

omg we closing the show!!!!!!!!!! come on, bring it home, bring it home

BadWoolfGirl
BadWoolfGirl
6 months ago

I just realized this weekend is going to be a double whammy for me because on the 25th, the first of 3 60th anniversary specials for Doctor Who will air and then junior eurovision the night after.

Anonymous91
Anonymous91
6 months ago
Reply to  BadWoolfGirl

even if you miss doctor who special, they will also be disney+

Bejba
Bejba
6 months ago

Germany Will Win Or Is Rigged

Liam Lindsay
Liam Lindsay
6 months ago

People saying that the UK has been screwed by the running order but guys, there is no other song in this year’s contest that sounds anything like “Back To Life”. Jurors are always looking for strong vocals and the girls from STANDUNIQUE are really strong another caveat to look at. Staging plays a crucial element here too, I’d the staging for the UK is anything like the music video is, the UK would do fine. Running order does not truly influence who is in contention to win anymore, sure it gives a inkling for certain countries that they might do… Read more »

Jonas
Jonas
6 months ago

This is a children’s show broadcast in the afternoon/early evening. There are 16 songs, not 26. All the hangups about running order people have for the adult contest do not necessarily apply here. Also it does not matter where songs are performed as this is not about winning, it is the taking part that counts. Again, CHILDREN.

Vivian
Vivian
6 months ago
Reply to  Jonas

For once you say something actually agreeable

Jonas
Jonas
6 months ago
Reply to  Vivian

I am a delight, you all know it.

yaremturkiye
yaremturkiye
6 months ago

The running order doesn’t mean as much in jesc as it does in esc. Just look at when previous winners performed, Armenia 2021 (9th) and France 2022 (6th) are recent examples. However, if the running order does impact the tele vote, I think Armenia, France and Netherlands will probably benefit the most. But then again, jesc can be so unpredictable and we have to consider if the jury gets behind one clear entry.

Ressay
Ressay
6 months ago

WTF a lot of ballads there and throw under the bus spain…

Nobody important
Nobody important
6 months ago

This is a fourth year in a row where the host country is rigging the RO. Giving themselves a great spot, while putting all the fan favorites early on. EBU needs to look into it and put a stop to it!

NoMoreEscAddicted
NoMoreEscAddicted
6 months ago

The EBU decides the running order too so you’re out.

Grft
Grft
6 months ago

RIP Spain, UK and North Macedonia…

The French producer knows how to play the game, 3 ballads before their entry, then 3 ballads again…

My bet for the win:
1. France
2. Netherlands
3. Armenia

ANDREW BROWN
ANDREW BROWN
6 months ago
Reply to  Grft

I was thinking the same in that i thought the weakest songs were before and after France. Once again we can blame this fiasco of a running order on the Country from the senior group Sweden. Bring back a total random draw in both competitions and remove this continuous bias

Jonas
Jonas
6 months ago
Reply to  ANDREW BROWN

Who was the producer in charge of running order, and why do you think they are Swedish?

ANDREW BROWN
ANDREW BROWN
6 months ago
Reply to  Jonas

Misunderstanding. There is no Swedish producer i’m referring to the procedure introduced by Sweden in the main contest in 2013 and everyone since. Out of fairness a draw should be made. A good song no matter where placed will always rise to the top but drawing lots makes it a lot better

Jonas
Jonas
6 months ago
Reply to  ANDREW BROWN

Oh… right. Sweden are not even in the junior contest, but sure.

yaremturkiye
yaremturkiye
6 months ago
Reply to  Grft

I think the UK might be okay, jesc is so unpredictable. I agree with your 3 bets though, they will most likely be the 3 that benefit the most from the televote as a minimum

NoMoreEscAddicted
NoMoreEscAddicted
6 months ago
Reply to  Grft

Come on last year France performed 6th and won, in 2021 Poland performed 3rd and was runner up, Armenia performed 9th and won and there are others many examples so. And in a year full of ballads it’s normal to have 1 uptempo song for 3 ballads…look at The UK, Armenia it’s the same for them, and for me the best places are for Armenia and The Netherlands in this running order. And no even for Spain it’s not done I mean it’s the first song to perform very happy and uptempo and after there are 3 ballads so people… Read more »

Bry
Bry
6 months ago

The winner is france or netherland

Polegend Godnova
6 months ago
Reply to  Bry

the winner comes down to who the juries vote for just as always. i don’t think they’ll vote for holland, sounds like pure jury poison… i can see them voting for something DOA with the televote like georgia as they do every year for absolutely no reason and the 2nd highest song that was also fairly popular with the public ends up winning (and it can be almost anything really, see france last year, no one saw it coming).

Shush
Shush
6 months ago

This running order is literally tailor made for the favourites. Apart from North Macedonia who they royally screwed over smh

BadWoolfGirl
BadWoolfGirl
6 months ago
Reply to  Shush

You know, you can vote for North Macedonia to help It’s ranking in the televote.

Eurovision fan
Eurovision fan
6 months ago

This seems to be easy win for Netherlands, but I think Spain still stands fair chance of winning

yaremturkiye
yaremturkiye
6 months ago
Reply to  Eurovision fan

running order means hardly anything, many entries in jesc who have performed last have flopped, look at Ukraine 2022

F@b
F@b
6 months ago
Reply to  Eurovision fan

I totally agree and I’ll be fine with that! This song is very interesting.

Leo
Leo
6 months ago
Reply to  Eurovision fan

No one has won from opening slot (though the first ever winner won from 2nd, and that slot has provided 3 runners up and 2 other top 5 entries in the last 9 years) but Spain is a perfect song for a Christmas family movie!