The contest will be staged in Malta Shipbuilding in the town of Marsa in Malta, with an audience of around 5000 in the arena, and millions more expected to be watching around the world.
For the first time since the Junior Eurovision Song Contest started in 2003 the spectacular show will feature just one presenter; Moira Delia - who has hosted previous editions of the Maltese national selection for Europe's Favourite Tv Show.
The running for tonight's show was determined at the Opening Ceremony which took place at the Verdala Palace in Malta on Sunday the 9th of November. Malta selected their running order position completely at random, whilst the remaining participants drew out first and second halves of the running order, with positions 1 and 16 also being decided at random.
Following the draw, the production team met in a room in the Verdala Palace to finalise the order. Approved by the Executive Supervisor,Vladislav Yakovlev, the running order for tonight's show is as follows
Belarus: Sokal (Falcon) sung by Nadezhda Misyakova
Bulgaria: Planet Of The Children sung by Krisia, Hasan and Ibrahim
San Marino: Breaking My Heart sung by The Peppermints
Croatia: Game Over sung by Josie
Cyprus: I Pio Omorfi Mera- The Most Beautiful Day sung by Sophia Patsalides
Georgia: Happy Day sung by Lizi Japaridze (Lizi Pop)
Sweden: Du Äär Inte Ensam sung by Julia Kedhammar
Ukraine: Spring Will Come sung Sympho-Nick
Slovenia: Nisi Sam / Your Light sung by Ula Ložar
Montenegro: Budi Dijete Na Jedan Dan sung by Maša Vujadinovic & Lejla Vulić
Italy: Tu Primo Grande Amore sung by Vincenzo Cantiello
Armenia: People Of The Sun sung by Betty
Russia: Dreamer sung by Alisa Kozhikina
Serbia: Svet U Mojim Očima / World In My Eyes sung by Emiliija Djonin
Malta; Diamonds sung by Federica Falzon
The Netherlands: Around sung by Julia
Fans from outside the 16 participating countries will have the chance to vote for an ‘Online Award’ – a special trophy that will be presented to its winner in the press conference after the show. The votes cast online will not have an influence in the televoting results, but will enable everyone following the show across the world to still cast a vote for their favourite song.
During the televoting window, viewers of the online stream will be directed an internet page to where they can vote online. You will be able to cast one vote for your favourite song. All of these votes will be added together, with the winner receiving the ‘Online Voting Winner’ trophy after the show. The voting will close at the same time as the televoting shuts. New televoting partner, Sound of Data, has developed the online voting platform alongside their preparations for the televoting, to ensure a series of controls are inbuilt to stop any potential vote manipulation.
Only people located outside of the 16 participating countries will be able to participate. Those inside the participation counties can, of course, televote for their favourite songs.
So, if you can't wait until May to vote in a Eurovision Song Contest then tonight is your big opportunity to get involved in deciding who receives the famous twelve points (or douze points)!