In this afternoon’s Opening Ceremony for the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2018 it was determined that Ukraine will begin the competition and the proceedings will end with Poland.
At the climax of today’s ceremony, there was a draw to determine who will be the opening country as well as who will close. In addition, in order to make it a fair running order, the exact position of the host nation Belarus was drawn. Belarus will be the 8th country to perform, towards the end of the first half of the show. The draw was done by Eugene Perlin, Zinaida Kupriyanovich and Helena Meraai who are the hosts of the contest on Sunday.
The remaining countries had their positions selected by the producers in order to allow a more diverse schedule that will allow each song to stand out.
The full running order is as follows:
- The Netherlands
- F.Y.R. Macedonia
Today’s opening ceremony was held in BelExpo in Minsk, Belarus. The show was hosted by Denis Dudinsky and Anna Kviloria. This was the first time we got to see all 20 of the competing artists together. They were greeted on the red carpet by the two hosts who asked questions about their songs and what music means to them.
Once the artists had their small interview they then each shared a selfie with the two presenters before then walking through to meet Jon Ola Sand (Executive Supervisor of the EBU) and also Ivan Eismont (Chairman of BTRC). There they took official photos with the two gentlemen as well as their own Heads of Delegation. Following on from these photographs, the artists then walked through to the main area walking past child fans along the way while their respective entry was playing.
Once all 20 artists had made their entrance, the show began with each of them going on stage to read a small speech of their life ambitions before concluding each time with the Junior Eurovision slogan “Light Up”.
Along with the draw to determine who would open and close as well as where Belarus would perform, the audience were treated to many exciting displays. Jon Ola Sand and Ivan Eismont returned to officially open the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2018 by pressing the “magic button” which began a full light show displaying 3D graphics of modern and traditional Belarus across the stage.
Once the draw had taken place, today’s proceedings concluded with a performance of “Welcome To My Belarus” by Maria Zhilina, which was the runner up of the Belarusian Junior Eurovision 2018 selection show. Finally the show ended with a reprise of last year’s winning entry “Wings” by Polina Bogusevich from Russia.
The Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2018 will take place this Sunday in the Minsk Arena in Minsk, Belarus. A record breaking 20 countries will be participating including a debut from Wales and Kazakhstan as well as a return from Azerbaijan, Israel and France.