Kazakhstan have “every chance” to compete at Eurovision 2023

October 5, 2022

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Kazakhstan eyes their contest debut at Eurovision 2023 as their preparations for Junior Eurovision heat up.

Speaking to the Kazakhstani media, Junior Eurovision producer Zhan Mukanov and he said that the nation has “every chance” to debut at the adult Eurovision Song Contest next year.

“Since the Khabar Agency is an officially accredited member of the European Broadcasting Union, there is every chance to enter the adult Eurovision next year. I really hope, we hope that everything works out.”

Kazakhstan broadcaster Khabar Agency has been an associate member of the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) since 2016. This means in order to compete at Eurovision, Kazakhstan would have to be invited by the EBU. Australia are currently the only associate member of the EBU to compete in the adult contest.

Pedigree at Junior level

Before even potentially competing at the adult contest, Kazakhstan will be competing at Junior Eurovision for the 5th time, this December in Yerevan Armenia. 

Kazakhstan debuted at the contest in 2018, finishing an impressive 6th place. They followed up this result with back-to-back 2nd place finished, losing out to Poland and France respectively. 

This year they will be represented Baqytty Bala 2022 winner David Charlin. Mukanov commented on the progress of the entry.

“Now there is an active preparation. By the end of this month we have to release the song. Two composers are writing a track.”

One of the composes working on the 2022 entry is Khamit Shangaliyev. Shangaliyev composed the Kazakhstan entries for both 2019 and 2020, the years the nation came 2nd place.

“I told him: “You wrote twice and twice we took second place. I think it’s time to go for the first place for the third time!””

Last year in Paris, Kazakhstan came in 8th place with Alinur Khamzin and Beknur Zhanibekuly and their song “Ertegı älemı (Fairy World)“.

Do you think Kazakhstan will debut at Eurovision 2023? Are you excited to hear their Junior Eurovision 2022 entry? Let us know in the comments below!

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