Minsk 2018

Junior Eurovision: Kazakhstan’s national final to take place in Almaty on September 22

On Saturday Kazakhstan will select their first ever Junior Eurovision entrant! Khabar Agency has now revealed that the selection show will take place at Halyk Arena in Almaty.

10 finalist in the run

The final takes place in Kazakhstan’s largest city, Almaty, in Almaty Arena, also known as Halyk Arena. The venue is quite large as it is the second largest ice palace in the former Soviet Union. Thus,  it is clear that Kazakhstan are really taking their selection process very seriously. The following 10 artists are competing to win the honor of being their country’s first representatives at a Eurovision event: 

  • Zere Amirbekova (14 years old)
  • Dinar Nadirbekova (13 years old)
  • Suikum Kabylbek (12 years old)
  • Danelia Tuleshova (12 years old)
  • Yerzhan Maxim (11 years old)
  • Maria Zatvarnitskaya (13 years old)
  • Meirzhan Zhidebai (12 years old)
  • Zhanelya Kaldybek (12 years old)
  • Sanat Asuat (13 years old)
  • Binura Saudabay (11 years old)

Final features several guest performers

The final will feature four hosts and performances by established guest performers. The hosts include Maya Bekbaeva, Nursultan Qurman, Marat Oralğazïn and Erkebulan Mırzabek. Instead, performing as guests artists will be: Youngsters, Amre, Newton, Alem Band, Asıl and Madina Sadvakasova. 

A combination of jury and public vote will determine the winner of the show. In the event of a tie, the singer most successful with the jury will be the winner of the show. 

Kazakhstan in Junior Eurovision

On July 25, it was announced that Kazakhstan would debut in the 2018 Junior Eurovision Song Contest. This marks the first time that Kazakhstan has ever participated in any Eurovision event. Back in 2017, it was suggested that singer Danelia Tuleshova may take part in Kazakhstan’s national final. Khabar Agency has been a member of the EBU since January 2016.

Are you excited Kazakhstan will be particpating in Minsk? What kind of song are you hoping they will send?

Let us know in the comments below or on social media @ESCXTRA.

Riccardo Maddalozzo

Born in Italy, I have lived in 5 countries in 3 continents. I discovered Eurovision by accident in 2010 and became a superfan in 2013. I attended both Eurovision and Junior Eurovision events and covered several national finals on the ground and hope to continue doing so for a long time!

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