The Grand Final of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2018 will take place on November 25 in Minsk, Belarus. A record twenty artists will be taking to the stage this year all hoping to be crowned the winner of the 16th Junior Eurovision Song Contest.
The order of the rehearsals are as follows (all times are CET+2):
- Wales – Manw – “Perta” – 10:00 to 10:30
- Ukraine – Darina Krasnovetska – “Say Love” – 10:30 to 11:00
- The Netherlands – Max & Anne – “Samen” – 11:00 to 11:30
- Serbia – Bojana Radovanovic – “Svet” – 11:30 to 12:00
- Russia – Anna Filipchuk – “Unbreakable” – 13:00 to 13:30
- Portugal – Rita Laranjeira – “Gosto de Tudo (Já Não Gosto de Nada)” – 13:30 to 14:00
- Poland – Roksana Wegiel – “Anyone I Want To Be” – 14:00 to 14:30
- Malta – Ela Mangion – “Marchin’ On” – 14:30 to 15:00
- Kazakhstan – Daneliya Tuleshova – “Ozine sen” – 15:00 to 15:30
- Italy – Melissa & Marco – “What is Love” – 15:30 to 16:00
LIVE COVERAGE | Live coverage begins at 08:00 CET
07:00 CET – Join us shortly from the Minsk Arena in Belarus for the second rehearsals for Wales through to Italy.
08:11 CET – Wales’ performance remains almost unchanged from the first rehearsal to now. One thing that’s evident in the arena is Manw’s reliance on backing track vocals. However, the performance is slick, the backing dancers are fierce and the whole performance is incredibly powerful with such an intense intro.
08:28 CET – Unexpectedly, Wales are having a fourth run through, the second postcard run. It’s likely that this run through is for the benefit of the production team wanting as Manw’s performance remains completely unchanged, with little to no breaks between runs.
08:38 CET – Ukraine returns to the stage with the song that will open this year’s Junior Eurovision Song Contest on Sunday afternoon. Darina’s vocals were a little shaky in places, with a couple of lines out of time, but generally strong. The performance feels more like a chant than a song as the young artist shouts more than sings with the loudest vocals of any performer so far.
08:45 CET – All run through a for Ukraine have been preceded by the postcard imagery, a contrast from yesterday and even the first rehearsal of this morning.
08:53 CET – Ukraine’s final run through sees no change. Timings of the whole performance seem much better, in a song that drowns out other rehearsals and soaks the arena in red light.
09:12 CET – The Netherlands’ performance is vocally outstanding. On screen, this comes across as being very staged and false, but in the arena the whole staging feels warm and heartfelt.
10:01 CET – Serbia have finished rehearsals on stage with a performance almost identical to the first rehearsal two days ago.
11:14 CET – Russia have launched into their rehearsals this afternoon with flawless vocals and one of the most simple, yet stunning pieces of staging in this contest. Full postcard run through a have continued into this afternoon as Russia dip from one run through into the next.
12:38 CET – Poland and Portugal have performed this afternoon for a second time on stage. Poland’s performance remains almost unchanged, as does Portugal in most respects. A few tweaks have been made to the overlay imagery Portugal are using.
12:42 CET – The camera work in Malta’s performance makes the staging of this song seem contemporary and smart, even though it’s a relatively simple piece.
13:17 CET – Kazakhstan have returned to the stage today and it’s instantly obvious that both press and visitors to the arena see this as the favourite. The staging is simple, Daneliya stands alone on stage as cogs spin on the LED screens behind.
14:08 CET – Italy have concluded the day with a performance that is much the same as their previous rehearsals. This year we’ve seen very little change from one performance to the next, with most artists using rehearsal time as the rehearsal time it was meant to be, rather than making alterations to staging.
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