Back in June, Kazakh broadcaster Khabar TV confirmed that Kazakhstan will participate in this year’s Junior Eurovision Song Contest in Warsaw, Poland. This will be Kazakhstan’s third participation in the contest! Now, the broadcaster has launched an open (ish) selection for their entry.
Rather than a full-on internal selection, Khabar TV will be hosting an open selection for the 2020 Junior Eurovision Song Contest. Songs submitted to the broadcaster will be shortlisted, before their entry is selected by a jury. The selection will not be televised. The criteria the broadcaster outlined is as follows:
- Applicants must be between 9 and 14 years old
- Songs must be no more than 3 minutes long
- Songs must be performed in Kazakh with no more than 40% of the lyrics in English
Submissions open Monday (August 10) and close on August 20. The jury selecting the entry are as follows:
- Amre – Winner of Slavianski Bazaar 2018
- Bagym Mukhitdenova – Music Producer
- Dinaya – Second Place at New Wave Junior in 2015
- Erlan Bekchurin – Producer for Dimash Kudaibergen
- Indira Edulbayeva – Superfinalist in the Voice of Ukraine 2020
- Khamit Shangaliyev – Music Producer, Composer and Sound Producer
- ZaQ – Soloist of the group ‘Ninety One’
- Zhanar Dugalova – Winner of the Turkvision Song Contest 2014
Junior Eurovision 2020 – what we know so far
Junior Eurovision 2020 will take place on November 29 in the Polish capital of Warsaw. The slogan for the show is ‘Move The World’. Following Viki Gabor’s victory on home soil in 2019, this will mark TVP’s second consecutive time hosting.
Note, unlike previous years, the show is due to be held in a TV studio, rather than an arena. The host venue is yet to be confirmed. However, both the ATM Studio or Transcolor Studio are in contention.
To date, the following countries have confirmed participation in the contest:
Kazakhstan in Junior Eurovision
So far, Kazakhstan has finished in the top five in both of their previous participations in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest. In 2018, their debut entrant Daneliya Tuleshova earned fifth place with “Òzińe Sen”. Last year, Yerzhan Maxim almost took the title after dominating the international jury vote. In the end, his song “Armańnynan Qalma” placed second overall once the jury vote and online votes were combined.
Perhaps the 2020 contest will be third-time lucky for Kazakhstan? In 2018, Daneliya Tuleshova was selected via a televised national final. Last year, Khabar TV chose to internally select Yerzhan Maxim who had previously participated in the 2018 national selection.
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