The time is now! The Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2020 takes place at 17:00 CET. There are 12 amazing acts waiting to bring you a fantastic show! Can't wait? Neither can we! So we've decided to give you a little taste of what's to come ahead of the live show. Keep reading to find out what we have in store!
Not only will Germany be making it's first entrance into the world of Junior Eurovision, but 14 year-old Susan from Berlin will also be opening the show! She sings Stronger With You, a song dedicated to her family and friends who have supported her dream to be a singer. Today, her dream will become a reality and maybe an even bigger one if Susan is crowned the winner!
Next up will be Kazakhstan who returns to the Contest for the third time in a row. Last year they were the runner-up to Viki Gabor from Poland and this year they'll want to go one step better and win the competition with 12 year-old Karakat Bashanova. She dedicates her emotional song, Forever, to the memory of her father who inspired her to fall in love with music and sadly passed away some time ago.
Time to celebrate friendship with song number 3 from The Netherlands, one of two countries that have participated in every Junior Eurovision competition so far. For their 18th participation they bring girl band Unity which comprises Naomi and Jayda (13) and Maud and Demi (14). Their catchy song, Best Friends, represents their friendship. Despite the distance between their home towns, they're always stay united. You'll see them represent that idea in their choreography too!
Right after their performance, one of the two participating male singers from Junior 2020 will take to the stage: Petar Aničić from Serbia! He's been playing the piano since he was 4 years old and will show us this talent of his when he performs fourth in line! The 14 year old will sing his song Heartbeat mostly in Serbian where he describes the sound of love.
The fifth song comes from Belarus who has also participated in every Junior Eurovision Song Contest since it began in 2003. The country has actually won twice before and hopes to get a third trophy with Arina Pehterova. The 12 year old is already a veteran when it comes to performing in competitions. Her love for Junior Eurovision runs deep too, having tried to enter the competition several times before. Arina has finally managed to represent her country this year with her song Aliens, an environmentally friendly piece that even features her rapping!
The home entry is performed next with 10 year-old Ala Tracz. Ala loves to travel and dance and has already represented Poland in many international competitions. For the Junior 2020 she sends an empowering message of strength and never giving up with her song I'll Be Standing. With her entry, Ala will be aiming for a 3rd win in a row for Poland after their victories with Viki Gabor last year and Roksana Węgiel in 2018.
The second half of the show starts with Georgia, the country with the best record in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest to date. The country has won the competition on three occasions and now they're looking for win number four with Sandra Gadelia. The 10 year-old artist who was chosen to represent Georgia after a long national selection. Her song You Are Not Alone is an ecological tribute to "the Earth you must love" and is a message that Sandra brings alongside her four dancers and a lot of flowers!
After that, it's Malta's turn. Malta is another country with an impressive Junior Eurovision record. In fact, they've won the Contest twice before and their bet for a third victory lays in the talents of Chanel Monseigneur, one of the youngest participants this year at age 9. In her song Chasing Sunsets she encourages everyone to chase your dreams no matter how far and impossible they seem. To help Chanel convey her message of hope, there'll be a cartoon backdrop in her performance!
Sofia Feskova represents Russia, yet another country that's already won twice at the competition. The 11 year old comes from St. Petersburg and has a dream to one day sing on the same stage as her favourite singer Polina Gagarina, who finished second at the Eurovision Song Contest in 2015. In her song My New Day she reminds us to never be embarrassed to believe in miracles and create your own fairytale, like we're sure she will do on stage!
Song number 10 comes from Spain, an early winner of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest in 2004. Their hopes are in the youngest participant in this Junior edition: 9-year-old Soleá from Sevilla. Her song Palante talks about fighting against all odds and never giving up. It's an urban pop song with a touch of flamenco. Her performance features Soleá dancing alongside four others on skateboards!
Second to last in the running order is Ukraine. The country won Junior Eurovision once before back in 2012, but has also hosted the competition in 2009 and 2013. Ukraine are putting their hope for a second victory in the talented Oleksander Balabanov. The 14 year old from Kyiv will be singingVidkryvai which translates as Open Up. Through his song he invites you to discover our world and 'open up' to it to find happiness. Make sure you keep an eye out for his light ball prop!
France will be the last of the 12 competing countries performing on Sunday. They will try to win the competition for the first time with 11 year old Valentina and her song J’imagine. She promises a performance which won't be easy to forget with the help of four dancers and their fun choreography. She will also showcase some famous French sights using LED screens!