The opening ceremony was held this evening at the Silesian Theater in Katowice, Poland, during which the running order for this Saturday’s Junior Eurovision 2019 contest was determined.

Telewizja Polska (TVP) president and the European Broadcasting Union’s (EBU) Executive Supervisor of Eurovision Jon Ola Sand welcomed all nineteen delegations to Poland, and after a brief performance by Polish boy band 4Dreamers, the draw was conducted.

Junior Eurovision 2018 winner Roksana Węgiel and The Voice of Poland host Mateusz Szymkowiak conducted the draw, and it was approved by Sand.

The running order for Junior Eurovision 2019 is as follows:

Running Order - Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2019
Image c: EBU
  1. Australia
  2. France
  3. Russia
  4. North Macedonia
  5. Spain
  6. Georgia
  7. Belarus
  8. Malta
  9. Wales
  10. Kazakhstan
  11. Poland
  12. Ireland
  13. Ukraine
  14. The Netherlands
  15. Armenia
  16. Portugal
  17. Italy
  18. Albania
  19. Serbia

Of note is that Australia is opening the show, Serbia is closing the show, and Poland comes in at 11th. There will be plenty of chatter about who will be advantaged or disadvantaged by their relative positions in the days to come.

Węgiel won Junior Eurovision 2018 having performed last on the evening.

For those fearing for France’s fate, please note that the second position curse does not apply to the Junior version of the contest – Croatia’s Dino Jelusic performed second at the inaugural contest and won.

What do #YOU think of the JESC 2019 running order? Who do #YOU think benefits or loses out? Let the debate begin in the comments below, on social media, or in our forum.

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