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
- Spain: Sandra Valero — “Loviu”
- Malta: Yulan — “Stronger”
- Ukraine: Anastasia Dymyd — “Kvitka”
- Ireland: Jessica McKean — “Aisling”
- United Kingdom: STAND UNIQU3 — “Back To Life”
- North Macedonia: Tamara Grujeska — “Kaži Mi, Kaži Mi Koj”
- Estonia: ARHANNA — “Hoiame Kokku”
- Armenia: Yan Girls — “Do It My Way”
- Poland: Maja Krzyżewska — “I Just Need A Friend”
- Georgia: Anastasia & Ranina — “Over The Sky”
- Portugal: Júlia Machado — “Where I Belong”
- France: Zoé Clauzure — “Cœur“
- Albania: Viola Gjyzeli — “Bota Ime”
- Italy: Melissa & Ranya — “Un Mondo Giusto”
- Germany: FIA — “Ohne Worte”
- 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.