Follow our live blog for the jury rehearsal of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2016. Be sure to refresh the page for information about all of the performances from all seventeen of this year’s competing artists and for a first look at this year’s interval acts.
⭕️ The Junior Eurovision Song Contest takes place tomorrow, November 20th, at 16:00 CET / 15:00 GMT
16:00 CET // So here we go, the show is now underway. The performances now will be deciding the results of the adult jury and kids jury. In tomorrow’s show it is just the Expert Panel who will be voting live on the performance.
PARADE OF NATIONS
16:05 CET // The countries emerge on stage in alphabetical order, they are joined on stage by dancers.
16:11 CET// The spokespersons for the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2016 have been announced by the EBU. Of note are Gaia Cauchi (Junior Eurovision 2013 winner), Mika (Armenia 2015), Misha Smirnov (Russia 2015), Ruslan Aslanov (Belarus 2015) and Anna Trincher (Ukraine 2015).
Ireland – Zena Donnelly – Brice a Bhrice
16:20 // Zena is the only person on stage, a castle makes the backdrop for the performance. A strong performance from the talented singer, however, opening the show leaves a lot of questions as to where this will end up tomorrow.
Armenia – Anahit and Mary – Tarber
16:22 // One of the two singers earlier this week was unable to sing due to a bad cold. However, it is great now to see them both on stage and enjoying themselves. The contrast between the two performers transfers well. This song brings energy into the show.
Albania – Klesta Qehaja – Besoj
16:25 // This song and her performance has come on in leaps and bounds since the national final. Throughout the week Klesta has proved herself to be a very adorable person both on stage and off. Klesta could be a surprise especially now with jury voting.
Russia – Water of Life Project – Water of Life
16:30 CET // Russia over the past couple of months has changed the name of their act a few times. The styling of the performance is impressive and different to everything else in this contest. The song is strong and Russia should be very confident of another top.10 result in the contest they last won in 2006.
Malta – Christina Magrin – Parachute
16:34 CET // Host nation Malta is bound to get the support of the venue at tomorrow’s show. There has been some bad press for the host nation locally following a decision to drop the dancers from her performance earlier this week. Malta should, however, be very happy with Christina giving them a result that a host nation would love to get tomorrow night.
Bulgaria – Lidia Ganeva – Magical Day
16:38 CET // Bulgaria may be one to watch for tomorrow night. Lidia looks great on stage very comfortable. Bulgaria is heading into the show tomorrow night with the possibility of another top five result. Don’t forget that Poli Genova who hosted last year’s show in Bulgaria will be performing as an interval act as well.
FYR Macedonia – Martija Stanojković – Love Will Lead Our Way
16:47 CET // Her sparkly outfit, perfected routine and tropical house performance might just lead Macedonia to their first top three result in twelve appearances at the contest. The theme of the entry is supposedly “embracing talent”, which is evident in the impeccable staging of her performance.
Poland – Olivia Wieczorek – Nie Zapomnij
16:52 CET // Poland’s classy staging perfectly enhances Olivia’s flawless vocals. In the run-up to the contest, this song seems to be much of a fan favourite and enjoyed by many of this year’s competitors despite being a ballad. Poland is returning to the contest for the first time since 2004, over a decade ago.
Belarus – Alexander Minyonok – Musyka Moih Pobed
16:58 CET // Belarus takes to the stage with hoverboards and seriously impressive choreography from his four backing dancers. The reaction online to this one has been pretty poor in the months running up to the contest, it seems that very few people see much in the song – and the vocals continue to be a little shaky. But it is a fun song to follow a very calm ballad which will undoubtedly work in Belarus’ favour.
16:58 CET // Poli Genova takes to the stage with her fifth place Eurovision entry from Stockholm this year; If Love Was a Crime (with a twist). The Bulgarian artist performs as an interval act while most of Europe take to an advertisement break.
Ukraine – Sofia Rol – Planet Craves for Love
16:08 CET // Ukraine’s performance is impressive. Considering that they struggled to afford even making this year’s contest, National Television Ukraine has done an incredible job staging the performance with the use of an enormous umbrella. Admittedly if you haven’t seen it, it sounds a little unusual, but the performance just works. Sofia is one of the favourites to win the edition and she’s in with a good chance of managing it.
Italy – Fiamma Boccia – Cara Mamma
16:12 CET // Italy’s performance is relaxed and incredibly well rehearsed. The nation won the contest in 2014 – notably on their debut performance at the contest. Despite this, they failed to host the contest last year. It’s a sweet song, with strong vocals, and it stands a good chance at winning tomorrow.
Serbia – Dunja Jeličić – U La La La
16:18 CET // Serbia’s Dunja Jeličić performs “U La La La”, with so much enthusiasm that it becomes hard to dislike. She rides her hoverboard across the stage like a pro and belts out her “La la la’s” like no-one’s watching. It’s catchy, follows two ballads and precedes two more – Dunja’s bound to do well.
Israel – Shir and Tim – Follow My Heart
16:25 CET // The song is incredible, the performers are adorable, perfectly in time, perfectly in key and the striking, heavy build on the track is going to make Israel a hit in a contest they have previously only once before entered.
Australia – Alexa – We Are
16:31 CET // The vocal performance cannot be faulted, Alexa’s consideration for camera angle appears to have significantly improved since her first rehearsal several days ago and now she’s taken to the stage with a short, sparkly-blue playsuit that takes this performance from a good ballad to a strong contender.
The Netherlands – Stefania, Kymora and Sterre – Kisses and Dancin’
16:35 CET // Kisses and Dancin’ is fun, upbeat, and this well-rehearsed performance has certainly left smiles on the faces of the Mediterranean Conference Centre audience – here in Valletta. Stefania, Kymora and Sterre have been appearing in the background of every camera shot this week, getting to know all of their fellow competitors in Malta and really enjoying their time in the competition. The staging is perfect for the song, and the girls look to be having a great time on stage.
Cyprus – George Michaelides – Dance Floor
16:40 CET // Despite being the penultimate song, Cyprus will no doubt find themselves lost among the crowd as this upbeat performance fails to captivate and often falls out of key. The vocals aren’t great, the song hasn’t been going down very well prior to the contest, but the staging really does make up for that. Five large drums open the performance with dramatic lighting, dark backgrounds and four killer backing dancers.
Georgia – Mariam Mamadashvili – Mzeo
16:46 CET // In interviews this shy young girl comes across as incredibly patient and well-mannered artist. She’s got the voice to carry her country however the song she drags with her hasn’t gone down all that well. The build on the track is unbelievably powerful as she reaches the song’s end but closing the show – Mariam may fail to captivate at the crucial moment.
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16:50 CET // Destiny took to the stage followed by Jedward who performed their new single ‘Hologram’. Jedward are one of three ‘expert judges’ on the panel and will make up one-ninth of the final score in tomorrow night’s final. Following Jedward’s performance, Destiny returns to the stage with a live-band version of her winning song from last year’s contest; ‘Not My Soul’.
16:54 CET // This year’s voting procedure has been considerably altered, as explained by our hosts prior to a recap of the evening’s seventeen performances. The adult jury will be the first to reveal their votes, with only the twelve points announced aloud – all other points are shown on screen.
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THE COMMON SONG
17:00 CET // Heard first during the Junior Eurovision press conference at the main Eurovision Song Contest in Stockholm this May, the studio version of this year’s common song “Embrace”, will be performed by Destiny and the artists competing in this year’s edition.
17:06 CET // Unlike in previous editions, the (even younger) participants don’t start the voting by receiving twelve points. Following the adult jury votes, the expert panel have their say, commenting on each of the performances. Finally, the kids jury have their say – making up the final results.
The final of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2016 takes place tomorrow at 16:00 CET/ 15:00 GMT, live from Malta and can be watched on the official website, junioreurovision.tv – for live digital commentary and to see the international reaction as the show happens, be sure to follow Eurovoix on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.
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⭕️ The Junior Eurovision Song Contest takes place tomorrow, November 20th, at 16:00 CET / 15:00 GMT
THE JUNIOR EUROVISION SONG CONTEST 2016
Seventeen countries are set to compete in the 14th edition of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest this November in Malta. Returning to the contest this year is Cyprus, Israel and Poland. Cyprus last competed in 2014, while Israel made their only appearance to date in 2012. Poland is returning to the contest after 12 years away.
The final of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2016 takes place on Sunday, November 20 at the Mediterranean Conference Center in Valletta, Malta. This year’s contest is open to singers aged between 9 and 14 years old.