Tonight the Opening Ceremony of this year’s Junior Eurovision Song Contest took place in the Georgian capital, Tbilisi. The sixteen participating artists and their delegations took part in the Ceremony, which saw each participant walk across the red carpet to pose for photos and take part in interviews.
Last year’s winner Mariam Mamadashvili took part as host of the red carpet, and also performed her winning song “Mzeo”. Former Georgian winners Bzikebi and Candy Music also walked the red carpet tonight. Bzikebi won the Junior Eurovision Song Contest in 2008, and Candy Music won in 2011. This year’s hosts Lizi Japaridze and Helen Kalandadze also made an appearance, with Lizi taking to the stage to sing her Junior Eurovision 2014 song, “Happy Day”.
At the end of the red carpet, the running order draw took place. Each artist chose a book, which revealed whether they would be opening the show, or closing it. If their book was empty, they did not yet get placed in the running order.
As always, the host country selects a running order position at random. This year’s host country Georgia had drawn the number 9, meaning that they will be performing 9th in the contest. Cyprus will be starting off the show, as they drew the first position, and Italy will finish off the show.
The show producers will now work out the rest of the running order. Once the producers of the contest have decided on the order, the EBU will sign off on the running order and it will be revealed to the public.
Sixteen countries will take part in the 15th edition of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest this year, including returning country Portugal, who haven’t participated since 2007. The contest will take place at the Olympic Palace in Tbilisi, Georgia on Sunday 26th November 2017 at 16:00 – 18:00 CET. This is the first time Georgia has hosted any Eurovision event.