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Live Blog: Day 1 Rehearsals 🇫🇷

Welcome to the JuniorEurovision.tv live blog! We’ll be covering the first round of rehearsals throughout Tuesday and Wednesday.

14 December 2021 at 18:05 CET
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Thanks for joining us...

We’ll be back tomorrow morning from 09:00 CET to take you through the next 10 participant rehearsals:

🇦🇿 Azerbaijan: Sona Azizova – One Of Those Days
🇧🇬 Bulgaria: Denislava & Martin – Voice Of Love
🇦🇱 Albania: Anna Gjebrea – Stand By You
🇺🇦 Ukraine: Olena Usenko – Vazhil
🇲🇰 North Macedonia: Datje Muzika – Green Forces
🇰🇿 Kazakhstan: Alinur Khazim & Beknur Zhanibekuly – Ертегі әлемі (Fairy World)
🇦🇲 Armenia: Maléna – Qami Qami
🇷🇸 Serbia: Jovana & Dunja – Oči Deteta (Children’s Eyes)
🇷🇺 Russia: Tanya Mezhentseva – Mon Ami
🇫🇷 France: Enzo – Tik Tak

See you tomorrow!

14 December 2021 at 18:05 CET
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Sara James concludes Day 1 of rehearsals 🇵🇱

A fantastic final rehearsal from Poland’s Sara James… wrapping up the first day of practice runs on a high.

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14 December 2021 at 17:54 CET
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Sara James is last up... 🇵🇱

Last, but certainly not least, is Sara James representing Poland.

Sara James, Poland, First Rehearsal, La Seine Musicale, Paris, 14 December 2021Andres Putting/EBU

It’s an uptempo ballad with some exceptional choreography that mimics synchronised swimming at certain points.

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Expect Sara James to hit some real power notes this Sunday.

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14 December 2021 at 17:14 CET
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Watch a preview of Levi's performance... 🇪🇸

Levi’s rehearsals are now over.

We’ve just one more act to go today…

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14 December 2021 at 16:34 CET
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Levi Díaz enjoys first run through... 🇪🇸

Levi delivered a fantastic first performance of Reír on the big stage.

There’s a lot of movement and choreography to keep up with, but Levi handled the show like a pro and has something special to share this Sunday,

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14 December 2021 at 16:13 CET
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More Niko now online... 🇬🇪

Watch a preview of Niko’s performance and view the full gallery below 👇

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14 December 2021 at 15:48 CET
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Niko Kajaia bounces onto stage... 🇬🇪

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With a track like Let’s Count The Smiles an upbeat performance was always expected – and viewers won’t be disappointed!

There’ll be plenty of smiles to count in the audience, thanks to the fantastic choreography.

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14 December 2021 at 15:14 CET
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Italy's gallery and preview video are now online... 🇮🇹

Get ready to rock out!

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14 December 2021 at 15:07 CET
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Interviews with Portugal, Ireland and Malta!

JuniorEurovision.tv caught up with Portugal, Ireland and Malta to find out how they felt first rehearsals went.

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14 December 2021 at 15:02 CET
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Elisabetta Lizza rocks the roof of La Seine Musicale 🇮🇹

Elisabetta Lizza gives a performance Måneskin would be proud of.

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It’s loud, energetic, and once again, EVERY light in La Seine Musicale is getting a work out!

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14 December 2021 at 14:22 CET
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It's been a busy morning at La Seine Musicale...

…the artists and crew have just had their lunch, so we’re almost ready to crack on with the next four performances today:

🇮🇹 Italy: Elisabetta Lizza – Specchio (Mirror On The Wall)

🇬🇪 Georgia: Niko Kajaia – Let’s Count The Smiles

🇪🇸 Spain: Levi Díaz – Reír

🇵🇱 Poland: Sara James – Somebody

Elisabetta is just finding her position on stage as we speak!

14 December 2021 at 14:19 CET
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We're back with Pauline's performance clip... 🇩🇪

14 December 2021 at 13:18 CET
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Pauline's performance gallery... 🇩🇪

…is now online!

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14 December 2021 at 13:13 CET
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Pauline will start the party in Paris... 🇩🇪

Yesterday Pauline discovered she would be opening the show, and luckily for her, the performance she has perfected for Imagine Us is exactly the high-energy, well polished, colourful and melodic number needed to start the party in Paris.

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14 December 2021 at 13:02 CET
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Ayana's first rehearsal photos and video! 🇳🇱

We’re definitely 'fans’ of this performance 😀

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14 December 2021 at 12:19 CET
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Ayana's up next... 🇳🇱 🌸

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Surrounded by pink blossom and dancers performing traditional 'kamigata mai’ (fan dancing), it’s clear Ayana’s Japanese heritage is a big inspiration for this moving performance.

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Sugu Aō Ne (‘When I See You Again’) is about missing those close to you and wishing to fly to be with them; a theme close to the singer’s heart as she has not seen her relatives in Japan for a long time because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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14 December 2021 at 12:09 CET
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First look at Ike & Kaya's performance... 🇲🇹

14 December 2021 at 11:40 CET
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Ike & Kaya first rehearsal gallery... 🇲🇹

Check out the photos from Ike & Kaya’s first rehearsal…

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14 December 2021 at 11:26 CET
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Ike & Kaya storm the stage... 🇲🇹

Kaya opens the song from a swinging ornate garden seat that we’re incredibly jealous of!

Ike joins her a third of the way into the song, as they walk along a long road towards home.

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From the duetting vocals and stage presence, it’s clear that these two friends have worked together for a long time.

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14 December 2021 at 11:16 CET
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First look at Maiú's rehearsal... 🇮🇪

Check out Ireland’s rock anthem 👇

14 December 2021 at 10:46 CET
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Here's an exclusive look at Simão's first rehearsal... 🇵🇹

14 December 2021 at 10:45 CET
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Photos from Maiú's first rehearsal... 🇮🇪

Here’s an exclusive look at Maiú's first rehearsal…

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14 December 2021 at 10:27 CET
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Maiú Levi Lawlor commands the stage... 🇮🇪

Maiú is here and he’s not going to 'disappear’! In fact, he’s turned up to La Seine Musicale ready to rock!

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Every light in the venue is flashing and strobing, with the video wall filling with colour as the song progresses.

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14 December 2021 at 10:13 CET
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It's beginning to look a lot like...

…Junior Eurovision!

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14 December 2021 at 10:11 CET
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Photos from Simāo's first rehearsal... 🇵🇹

Exclusive photos from Simāo’s first rehearsal are now available 👇

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14 December 2021 at 09:43 CET
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Simão Oliveira takes to the stage for Portugal 🇵🇹

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Simão Oliveira has really elegant staging with atmospheric lighting and nostalgic images of a Portugal gone by, reflecting the mood of the song (and, indeed, the artist).

The Portuguese participant delivers this classy ballad from the centre of the stage, alone.

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14 December 2021 at 09:15 CET
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Bienvenue à Paris! 🇫🇷

Welcome to the JuniorEurovision.tv live blog! We’ll be covering the first round of rehearsals throughout Tuesday and Wednesday; giving you a glimpse of what the participants have in store for their performances on Sunday.

The rehearsals take places between 09:00 CET – 18:00 CET

Here’s the Day 1 line-up:


🇵🇹 Portugal: Simão Oliveira – O Rapaz

🇮🇪 Ireland: Maiú Levi Lawlor – Saor (Disappear)

🇲🇹 Malta: Ike & Kaya – My Home

🇳🇱 Netherlands: Ayana – Mata Sugu Aō Ne

🇩🇪 Germany: Pauline – Imagine Us

🇮🇹 Italy: Elisabetta Lizza – Specchio (Mirror On The Wall)

🇬🇪 Georgia: Niko Kajaia – Let’s Count The Smiles

🇪🇸 Spain: Levi Díaz – Reír

🇵🇱 Poland: Sara James – Somebody

We’ll be sharing photos and video as the day progresses.

First up… Portugal’s Simão Oliveira…