Minsk 2018

Kazakhstan reveals televote results whilst Daneliya teases new English lyrics

After winning the right to be Kazakhstan’s first ever entry at any Eurovision event, Daneliya Tuleshova spoke further about her song, “Özinge sen” – which Daneliya translates herself into English as “Believe in Yourself” as highlighted with a comment on the Junior Eurovision Song Contest Instagram page last night. 

An English entry for Kazakhstan début?

According to a report by tengrinews.kz, the young performer has stated that her entry will be performed in English in Minsk. As we know, this would contravene the rules of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest. So we infer that this means they will increase the use of English in the entry.

Indeed, the winner of The Voice Kids Ukraine claims that the English lyrics will not be a direct translation from the Kazakh lyrics but the theme will remain the same. In addition, Özinge sen and its production will continue to be worked on over the coming weeks.

Speaking about the meaning of her song, Daniela Tuleshova explained the following: 

“This song is for teenagers because at this age, they do not believe in themselves. It’s very motivational and I think it’s very important to believe that everything will turn out right and you will be loved by everyone”. 

A lower vote than maybe expected by viewers across the continent 

Furthermore, the report reveals some detailed information from the televoting results. Interestingly, considering such a high production show was created by Khabar Agency, the winning entry in the televote, which is Daneliya, only received 946 televotes in total. Nevertheless, this was almost three times as large as the second-most popular performer with the public, Maxim Yerzhan. He received 338 votes. 

Jean Mukanov, producer of the Kazakh national final, believes that Daneliya, “has a great chance of winning” in Minsk, Belarus this November. Nevertheless, he realises that success will depend on support from the Kazakh public. Therefore, Mukanov has already urged his compatriots to vote for their nation in the online vote, which permits this within the rules of the voting procedure. 

Do you like the début Kazakh entry for the Junior Eurovision Song Contest? Are you excited by Daneliya’s comments? Were you surprised by the televoting totals? Let us know in the comments below or on social media @ESCXTRA!

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Nathan Waddell

I am the Editor in Chief of ESCXTRA, a huge Melodifestivalen fan and love sports. You can find me singing along to Scandinavian Eurovision entries, listening to the latest chart music on Spotify or watching the football and tennis on two different screens at once.
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