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Kazakhstan officially announces withdrawal from Junior Eurovision 2023

Khabar, the Kazakh broadcaster, has officially confirmed it will not participate at the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2023 in Nice, France

Kazakhstan is the first of last year’s entrants to confirm they will not be returning to contest being held in Nice, France this November.

Kazakhstan first joined Junior Eurovision in 2018 and has competed every year up until 2022, where they placed 15th with 47 points with the song “Jer-Ana (Mother Earth)(Жер-Ана)” by David Charlin.

Kazakhstan also confirmed earlier this year it would not broadcast Eurovision 2023 in Liverpool, United Kingdom due to the high cost of securing the rights to air the event. Though there is no reason given by Khabar for Kazakhstan’s withdrawal, it follows a pattern of countries choosing to withdraw from Liverpool 2023’s contest due to high participation costs – Montenegro, Bulgaria and North Macedonia did not compete for the first time in years.

Daniyar Tussupbekov, a Director at the broadcaster, confirmed the news last week:

“I am sorry to inform that this year the Khabar Agency will not participate. Therefore, Kazakhstan will not appear on the list of participants. In fact, it is very sad to inform about this decision.”

So far, 12 countries have confirmed participation for this year’s Junior Eurovision Song Contest, with Germany announcing their return after a hiatus last year in Yerevan 2022.

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