[SLIDESHOW] 16 young singers competing for the Junior Eurovision award

In less than eight hours, 16 young singers from 16 countries will be competing in the 2014 Junior Eurovision Song Contest

Malta's Federica Falzon during her interpretation of Diamonds (Photo: Ray Attard)
Malta's Federica Falzon during her interpretation of Diamonds (Photo: Ray Attard)

Despite a shaky start to yesterday’s dress rehearsal when power failure interrupted the show for approximately 60 minutes, all is set for Malta to host the 2014 editor of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest.

After a week of rehearsals at the transformed Marsa shipbuilding, juries coming from the 16 participating countries submitted their votes during last night’s final dress rehearsal.

The show was however interrupted for 60 minutes when, at the beginning of the Bulgarian entry, technical problems with LEDs and lighting led to a power cut.

 “This was unfortunate, but it does show the reality of live broadcasts and the importance of rehearsals – not just for the participants, but also for all technical aspects of the show. I have been assured by PBS, the host broadcaster, that all issues will be rectified in time for tomorrow night's televised final, as well as the technical rehearsal tomorrow morning,” said Executive Supervisor Vladislav Yakovlev.

Anton Attard, Executive Producer, said that extra generators were being brought in to serve as backup for this evening’s final. He also apologised to all delegations, members of the audience, and the European Broadcasting Union for the power failure.

This is the first time Malta is hosting the junior eurosong contest, having won last year thanks to Gaia Cauchi’s The Start. Malta is this year represented by operatic pop singer Federica Falzon.

TV presenter Moira Delia will host the show.

The running order is as follows:

  1. Belarus
  2. Bulgaria
  3. San Marino
  4. Croatia
  5. Cyprus
  6. Georgia
  7. Sweden
  8. Ukraine
  9. Slovenia
  10. Montenegro
  11. Italy
  12. Armenia
  13. Russia
  14. Serbia
  15. Malta
  16. The Netherlands