Russia have announced that they will be taking part in the 2020 Junior Eurovision Song Contest in Poland. They have also launched their selection process for the contest, calling upon singers aged between 9 and 14 years old to take part.
Russian broadcaster VGTRK are working with The Igor Krutoy Academy of Popular Music to select the Russian act for Poland. Last year, Tatyana Mezhentseva & Denberel Oorzhak won the Russian national selection and went on to finish 13th in the contest, held in Gliwice-Silesia.
Entries open now!
Submissions for this year’s national selection opened today (6th April) and will remain open until 25th August. Singers aged between 9 and 14 years old are invited to take part, as per the Junior Eurovision rules. After the submission window closes, an auditions round will be held on 7th September in Moscow.
Successful auditionees will then progress to the final round held in Moscow on 16th September. The show will be broadcast by VGTRK on 19th September. The winner will be decided by a 50/50 online voting and jury split. Online voting will open when the finalists are revealed.
Russia at the Junior Eurovision Song Contest
Russia debuted at Junior Eurovision in 2005. The country have only internally selected their artist once – in 2014. The rest of Russia’s acts have been selected via a national final. Vladislav Krutskikh represented Russia upon their debut, with the song “Doroga k solntsu”. The song finished 9th with 66 points.
The country has won the contest – in 2006 and 2017. Russia’s 2006 winning act, Tolmachevy Twins, went on to take part in Eurovision 2014 with “Shine”. Russia have had a very successful run in the junior contest, only missing out on the top 10 once (in 2019).
Are you happy to see Russia returning to the 2020 junior contest? Who do you want to see represent the nation?
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