The Maltese performance features detailing taken from the worlds of audio-visual technology. There’ll be a detailed rendition of a loudspeaker, an assortment of stylish vintage televisions and for fans of television testcards an appearance of the classic PM 5544.
Boys on stage!?
From our 16 competing countries, we have solo lead vocals from a grand total of three boys. Let’s hear it for Misha, Gianluca and Grigol! Fans of the adorable junior boyband aesthetic will be glad to see that the Netherlands are attempting to put more boys on stage than ever before, with incredibly professional and enthusiastic archetypal boyband Fource.
A Hauntingly Familiar Duo
When Serbia take to the stage, you might find yourself thinking about cake-related puns because Irina and Jana are the contest’s very own mini Mel and Sue.
To Touch The Tree or Not Touch The Tree?
In a nod to all fans of running order jokes and fans of trees on the Eurovision stage, the Albanian singer Ana Kodra’s firm instruction to not touch the tree will be followed up by the Ukrainian performers not just touching the tree, but sitting in it.
Return of the Hoverboard
You might think that after being the Christmas gift of the year in 2016 and featuring heavily in last year’s Junior Eurovision, we might be done with the wheeled devices that falsely advertise themselves as hoverboards. We are not. But you might not recognise it with the shiny new and rather antipodean livery.
One of the unifying factors for all Europeans from the Straits of Gibraltar to the Sami lands, from the Irish Gaeltacht to the furthest eastern Caucasus is the sight of cheerful Ikea furniture. This year, we’ll even have some on stage at Junior.
Where the Saperavi Comes From
This year’s postcards showcase Georgian landmarks and tourism opportunities. Continuing the theme of wine being central to Georgian cultural identity, and also very tasty, our favourite one showcases a beautiful, fruitful vineyard.
One of our favourite performances is enhanced by a video projection that is entirely in in the ESC Insight colours of black, white and gold. We didn’t pre-arrange this, but we’re happy to see it.
Start the Fans Please!
There’s an impressive wind machine effect that Carola would be jealous of – you’ll know it when you see it.
The Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2017 will be broadcast on Sunday 26th November beginning at 1545 CET / 1445pm GMT. Go to www.radiosix.com to check listings.