Minsk 2018

Kazakhstan: Alexei Golubev will collaborate with broadcaster on Junior Eurovision staging

In just over a month, Kazakshtan will make their Junior Eurovision debut with 12-year-old Daneliya Tuleshova. Recently, Khabar Agency, the country’s broadcaster, also announced they will collaborate with Alexei Golubev to create the first Junior Eurovision stage performance. 

Not new in the Eurovision world

Alexei Golubev is a Russian director and producer and he will collaborate closely with the Kazakh delegation to create a memorable stage for the country’s first appearance at the contest. Mr. Golubev is not a stranger in the Eurovision world. In fact, he was the man behind the staging ideas of two Russian Eurovision entries in 2015 and 2018. Thus, he contributed to giving Russia a Eurovision silver medal with his staging of Polina Gagarina’s “A Million Voices“. According to Khabar Agency’s Jan Murat, the performance will be in “modern pop-modern style”

Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2018

Belarus’s capital Minsk will be the host of the 2018 edition of Junior Eurovision. This is the second time the event takes place in the city, that previously hosted it in 2010. A record-breaking 20 countries will participate in Minsk on November 25. Wales and Kazakhstan will both make a debut with Kazakhstan participating for the first time to any Eurovision related event. Furthermore,  the contest will also feature three returning countries: France, that last participated in 2004, Azerbaijan that last participated in 2013 and Israel that last participated in 2016. Unfortunately,  Cyprus instead confirmed its withdrawal from the competition. So far, we know 11 entrants and more will be revealed soon!

Kazakhstan in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest

Last month, Kazakhstan picked Daneliya Tuleshova to be their first representative at the Junior Eurovision Song Contest in Minsk in November. The final version of the entry Ózíne sen (Seize the Time) was recently released and finds itself as one of the current favourites amongst fans across social media. Perhaps a Junior Eurovision win on their debut could be the key to a debut in the adult contest?

Are you looking forward to see Kazakhstan at Junior Eurovision? What do you think of their debut entry? Can they be the third country to debut with a win?

Let us know in the comment section below or on all social media platforms @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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