Kazakhstan is getting near the end of their national selection for Junor Eurovision Song Contest by the end of submission period Kazakh broadcaster Khabar TV has received 684 applications for Junior Eurovision Song Contest. Then the professional jury had a hard task to choose 30 acts which will proceed further to the online voting after the votes have been closed now is the time to reveal which 12 young artists advanced to the final where they will compete for the opportunity to become the next representative of Kazakhstan at Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2020.
The jury which selected the 30 qualifiers consisted of
Bagym Mukhitendova – Music producer;
Khamit Shangaliyev – Music producer and composer;
Erlan Bekchurin – Sound producer of Dimash Kudaibergen;
Zhanar Dugalova – Winner of Turkvision 2014;
Amre – Winner of Slavianski Bazaar 2018;
Dinaya – II place of “New Wave” held in 2015;
ZaQ – Rapper and dancer, member of “Ninety One”;
Indira Edilbayeva – Superfinalist of “The Voice Ukraine” 2020
The 30 candidates performed cover versions of the songs and in total they had around 650.000 votes while each of the qualifiers managed to get around 30.000 votes.
Saypolda Islam, 11 years old from Nur-Sultan got 34.543 votes;
Burkhanova Adiya, 12 years old from Almaty got 34.105 votes;
Zhumazhan Aydana, 14 years old from Almaty got 33.224 votes;
Manarbekkyzy Akzhibek, 14 years old from Nur-Sultan got 32.978 votes;
Makim Zhan, 11 years old from Almaty got 32.678 votes;
Mukitanova Ayim, 13 years old from Kokshetau got 32.089 votes;
Gazizkyzy Kamila, 13 years old from Nur-Sultan got 31.770 votes;
Altynbekkyzy Sania, 13 years old from Semey got 31.535 votes;
Tursunova Mahinur, 14 years old from Almaty got 31.282 votes;
Kusanova Nurshat, 10 years old from Atyrau got 30.960 votes;
Tleubek Aykerim, 13 years old from Nur-Sultan got 30.333 votes;
Bashanova Karakat, 12 years old from Almaty got 29.679 votes.
The final will feature 10 girls and 2 boys as only Makim Zhan and Saypolda Islam qualified. Could they follow the steps of their representative at JESC last year, Yerzhan Maxim? We will know on 26th of September when the final will take place. The winner will be chosen by the jury and the audience who will have a chance to send SMS votes for their favourites.
The countries which have so far confirmed their participation are: Belarus, Kazakhstan, Poland, Portugal, France, Georgia, Malta, The Netherlands, Russia, Serbia, Spain, Ukraineand Germany who will be making their debut. While Australia, Wales, Ireland and North Macedonia announced their withdrawals from the show.
What are your impressions of the 12 Kazakh finalists? Who do you think will become the successor of Yerzhan Maxim as their representative at Junior Eurovision? Let us know in the comments below and at our social media links!