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The first round of rehearsals is now complete!

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All sixteen countries participating in the 2017 Junior Eurovision Song Contest have now rehearsed on stage in Tbilisi's Olympic Palace. Italy kicked off the day of rehearsals with Ukraine closing the proceedings.

Today the final eight countries rehearsed on the Junior Eurovision stage for the very first time. You can find all the photographs from the day on the galleries page. Watch the exclusive videos from the second day of rehearsals below.  

Italy   

Maria Iside Fiore, 13, has been dancing and singing since she was four, so she took her first steps onto the Junior Eurovision stage in Tbilisi with determination. Her performance fits the lyrics of her song, Scelgo (I Choose), where she sings "I choose not to be afraid". Maria Iside will close the final on Sunday.   


Malta   

Malta's Gianluca Cilia was the second artist to rehearse this morning. He gave an energetic series of performances of his song Dawra Tond. Malta hosted the Junior Eurovision Song Contest last year and won the contest in both 2013 and 2015. Gianluca will perform 12th in the running order on Sunday.   


Poland

Alicja Rega will represent Poland in Junior Eurovision 2017 with the song Mój Dom (My Home). She was the third participant to rehearse inside Tbilisi's Olympic Palace. Alicja will be the second artist to perform in the Junior Eurovision final on Sunday.    


Portugal   

Next up was Mariana Venâncio from Portugal with her song Youtuber. Portugal is returning to Junior Eurovision for the first time since 2007. Mariana will perform sixth in the running order on Sunday. The backdrop for her performance featured several different emojis – check out the video below! 


Russia   

Russia’s Polina Bogusevich took to the Junior Eurovision stage to rehearse her song Wings for the first time today. The dramatic ballad featured theatrical staging with two dancers, a sofa and backdrop depicting a bedroom. Russia will be the 13th entry performed during the Junior Eurovision final on Sunday.   


Serbia   

Jana Paunović & Irina Brodić, Serbia’s representatives at the 2017 Junior Eurovision Song Contest were next up on stage with their song The Whole World is Ours. Jana and Irina’s message of the song is that the whole world belongs to everyone and that we shouldn’t forget that. Serbia will be song number 14 on Sunday.   


The Netherlands   

Fource are the first ever boy band to represent The Netherlands. Their song for Junior Eurovision 2017 is called Love Me. The Netherlands has appeared in every single Junior Eurovision Song Contest since the competition began in 2003. Fource will perform third on Sunday.   


Ukraine   

Ukraine’s Anastasiya Baginska was the final artist to rehearse in Tbilisi’s Olympic Palace today. Her Junior Eurovision entry is called Don’t Stop and she appeared on stage with a prop, in the form of a tree! Ukraine will perform 11th in the final on Sunday. 


Tomorrow will see the second round of rehearsals take place. In a change from previous years, we will be publishing footage from the official camera feed. These one minute clips will be available on Friday afternoon when voting will open! 

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