The day has come! – The day of the Opening Ceremony

After several months of planning and lots of hard work put into the construction of the grand Marsa Shipbuilding complex, the day has come when sixteen delegations and their talented artists come together for Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2014 – the largest internationally televised production ever staged in Malta.

Today, the young artists will be wearing their best garments to attend this evening’s Official Welcome Party, which will be staged in the Verdala Palace, the official summer residence of the President of Malta. Occupants and guests of this historic building, placed in an idyllic setting in a forest, include names such as Napoleon, various British Governors in the Colonial era, British, Russian and German Royalty, and even Colonel Gaddafi.

Tonight’s glistening Red Carpet will be broadcast live on TVM2 starting at 18.30 CET. A live stream will be available on the TVM website, as well as on junioreurovision.tv. However, the event will also include a serious part – a live draw of the running order! Malta will pick its running order position at random, as will the countries that will open and close the show (positions 1 and 16). The remaining 13 countries will then pick if they will perform in the first half (position 2-8) or second half (positions 9-15). Following the draw, the members of the production team will propose a running order to the Junior Eurovision Song Contest Executive Supervisor Vladislav Yakovlev.

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