The opening ceremony for the 2014 Junior Eurovision Song Contest will take place tonight at Verdala Palace in Malta (picture above). All delegations from sixteen different European nations will attend this welcome reception. The artists will be given a red carpet treatment and the show will be broadcasted live on PBS (host broadcaster) and junioreurovision.tv
During the welcome reception a draw will take place to determine the running order of the contest. A ‘pre-draw’ was held on Friday to determine the order for the countries to pick lots at the welcome reception.
The host nation i.e. Malta will select their running position at random. For the first time in the history of the junior contest, the rest of the participating nations will choose to perform either in the first half or second half of the show. The producers of the show will then provide a full running order established in the draw in order to ensure that all songs will stand a chance to shine on Saturday 15th November.
escXtra is on location in Malta and will be reporting live from the historical Verdala Palace, which happens to be the summer residence for the President of Malta. You can also watch the first impressions from the venue and have a look to the stunning stage PBS prepared for their first ever Eurovision family production.
The welcome recepetion show will be hosted by Gianni Zammit, a Maltese popular showman. You can watch the opening ceremony live at 18:40 CET by clicking here (junioreurovision.tv link) or by clicking here (tvm link)
Stay tuned for more live updates from Malta and live the 2014 Junior Eurovision Song Contest with us!