November 08: draw for the draw and extra activities
VALETTA, MALTA – Eurovision week is about to start in beautiful Malta. As delegations (as well as the Oikotimes team) are making their way to the archipelago, PBS is getting ready to launch the celebrations that will take place until next Saturday and the 2014 Junior Eurovision Final. Although it will be a particularly busy week (rehearsals, shooting of postcards, Euroclub, press conferences…), those 7 days will be given a taste of holidays this year in order for the delegations and the press to enjoy the magnificent place Malta is. PBS has decided that Eurovision week also had to be fun, and has created a cultural and social programme.
Throughout the week the whole archipelago will be turned into “Eurovisionland”. Each one of the 16 entrants will be “adopted” by a Maltese school and will hence be accompanied for mini-concerts and cultural tours. The department of education is also taking part to the celebrations, and various concerts will take place in schools all over the country in order to encourage Maltese pupils to show how talented and creative they are.
Since Malta is a top destination for tourists, the entrants as well as the press will also be granted excursions to the highlights of the small state, from Gozo to Marsaxlokk. (museums, harbor cruises, monuments, natural spots…).
Serious business will start on Sunday 9th with the Opening Ceremony in Rabat’s Presidential palace (Verdala Palace).
During the event, delegations will finally meet and the draw for the order of appearance will take place. Yesterday a “pre-draw” was organized by the EBU and PBS, to determine the order in which participating countries will pick their spot for the big night. A special show, hosted by Moira Delia, was broadcast and Gaia Cauchi did this pre-draw under the supervision of Vladislav Yakovlev (Executive supervisor). Here is the order in which countries will pick their number on Sunday: Malta, Croatia, Bulgaria, San Marino, Montenegro, Cyprus, Slovenia, Russia, the Netherlands, Belarus, Serbia, Sweden, Italy, Georgia, Ukraine and Armenia.
You can watch the “pre-draw” in the following video. And if you want to see what the lucky participants and members of the press will experience this week, have a look at the highlights of the Isle of Knights.
Let Eurovision week begin!