The two full dress rehearsals of the 2006 Junior Eurovision Song Contest took place in Bucharest today, the first this afternoon behind closed doors, and the second, to a full house at the Sala Polivalenta. Everything appears to be running soothly and the show tomorrow night looks set to be a success both technically and from a viewers point of view, with what seems to be the strongest line up of songs at the show in it's four year history.
The open rehearsal this evening went smoothly, with the technical links to the voting countries' representatives and the scoreboard tested thoroughly (with Russia as the test-winner, performing a reprise of their song at the end of the show). The camera work was fine tuned and the show was recorded to be used as a back-up in case there is a problem with the live link during tomorrow's live broadcast.
There were slight problems for Spain, as it appeared that Dani's voice was struggling at both the beginning and end of the song. The Ukrainian backing dancers deserve special credit for their hard work in changing their routine due to the unfortunate accident yesterday that left their third female backing dancer in hospital. She will join her colleagues in the green room tomorrow night. Also, strongest performances so far came from Kimberley from the Netherlands, Thor! from Belgium and Molly from Sweden.
It is also worth mentioning the attitude of all the participatants who sit on show in the arena for the entire show. They were keen to get up and dance to every song, supporting one another and having a good time with all the other participants. The Junior Eurovision Song Contest does seem to have inherited the friendship and goodwill that is usually seen in it's grown-up parent show.
Don't forget, if the show is not being broadcast in your country tomorrow, you can watch it live on www.juniorurovision.tv