Ukraine has selected Anastasiya Baginska to represent them at the 15th edition of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest this November in Tbilisi, Georgia.
Ten singers from across Ukraine took part in the final which was held in the Capital, Kyiv. The singers who competed tonight had qualified from a semi-final which took place earlier this month. A variety of styles and genres were performed across the evening.
The national final will be the first live broadcast from Artek since it moved to Kyiv. The centre was originally based in Crimea but the staff were moved to a new site in Bukovel after the Russian annexation of Crimea. The original site remains open and was used for the last two Russian Junior Eurovision selections.
The winner was chosen by a jury (50%) and public voting (50%). The jury is formed of Vadym Lysytsya, Svitlana Tarabarova, Iryna Shvaydak, EL Kravchuk and Rozhden. A special prize was awarded by the Artek audience to one contestant. The audience provided a representation of Ukraine as whole, as it was made of children from all over the country, proportional to the population of each oblast.
The ten finalists that will competed to become the next Ukrainian Junior Eurovision representative were:
- Veronika Kovalenko – “In My dream”
- Sofia Lozina – “I believe”
- Sofia Bondarenko – “Music of your soul”
- Darina Halycka – “Angels”
- Duet Hilarmurchuck – “Where are you and me”
- Sofia Shkidchenko – “Yodeley”
- Polina Ryzhak – “On your way”
- Anastasiya Baginska – “Do not stop” – Winner
- Fedir Sklyarenko – “Come on, sing”
- Nina Boikova – “Dream is near”
Watch the winning performance below:
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Ukraine debuted in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest in 2006 and has competed in the contest ever since. To date Ukraine has only won the competition once. In 2012 Anastasiya Petryk won in Amsterdam with the song “Nebo”, she scored 138 points including eight sets of 12 points. Ukraine has hosted the contest twice, the first time being in 2009 and the second being in 2013 following their victory in Amsterdam.