Could Kazakhstan produce a winner? Kazakhstan to televise their national final for Junior Eurovision

| August 10, 2020

It seems that the central Asian country has done a U-turn on their methods of selecting their act for the Junior Eurovision Song Contest. Despite initially saying they will be internally selecting their act for Junior Eurovision, the Kazakh broadcaster have just announced they will be holding a televised national selection to find their representative that they will be sending to Warsaw this November. The national selection is set to take place on September 26th 2020 in a live gala concert hosted by the Kazakh broadcaster Khabar.

The rules of the national selection

According to a document released by Khabar regarding the rules of their national selection, there are four stages of the national selection that culminates in the televised final. The four stages are:

  1. Between the 10th and 20th August, the broadcaster will be accepting applications via their website.
  2. Between the 21st and 22nd of August, a team of jury members will select 30 acts to go onto the next stage of the selection, an online selection.
  3. The online selection will go live on the broadcaster’ website between the 24th and 30th August. The 12 acts with the most votes will take part in the national final.
  4.  The 12 chosen acts will take part in the televised selection on the 26th September.

All those wanting to take part are required to be a citizen of Kazakhstan aged 9-14 and can sign up as a soloist or as a group with no more than 6 members on stage, aligning with the rules of the actual contest.

As stated in a prior article, the jury consists of:

  • Amre (Winner of Slavinski Bazar 2018)
  • Erlan Bekchurin (Producer for Dimash Kudaibergen) 
  • Bagym Mukhidenova (Music Producer)
  • Dinaya (Runner-up of New Wave Junior 2015)
  • Indira Edulbayeva (Superfinalist of the Voice Ukraine 2020)
  • Zhanar Dugalova (WInner of the Turkvision Song Contest 2014)
  • Khamit Shangaliyev (Music Producer, Composer, and sound producer)
  • ZaQ (Lead singer of ‘Ninety one’)

 

The running order of the national selection will be determined by a random draw. The winner will be determined by a 100% televote. In the event of a tie in the televote, the jury will determine the winning act. 

Kazakhstan in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest

Kazakhstan has had two very successful stints in Junior Eurovision. They made their debut in 2018 with Daneliya Tuleshova as their representative. She sang the song Ózińe sen, placing 8th in the jury with 68 points and 3rd in the televote with 103 points, coming in 6th overall with 171 points. The following year Yerhan Maksim gave a better result with his song Armanyńnan qalma. He came 2nd overall with 227 points, coming 1st in the jury with 148 points and 5th in the televote with 79 points.

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