It’s a few days since Ukraine selected Anastasiya Bahinska to represent them at Junior Eurovision 2017, but who is the 12-year-old singer from Bila Tserkva?
Anastasiya Bahinska was born on July 8, 2005 in Bila Tserkva, a city located just outside of the Ukrainian Capital of Kyiv. Anastasiya is not stranger to the stage having performed since an early age, since age five she has been learning to sing at the Belotserkovsky School of Arts. In 2011 she took to the stage for the first time and won her first competitive competitions in Ukraine.
Since then she has gone on to continue to perform on stage in Ukraine but also internationally. In 2013 she attempted to take part in New Wave Junior, but didn’t make it through the selection stage. Her breakthrough came in 2014 when she won the Children’s Contest at Slavianski Bazaar. She is to date the only singer from Ukraine to have ever won the contest. Following her victory at Slavianski Bazaar, Anastasiya took part in the Ukrainian version of the Voice Kids. She made it through to the final of the second season of the show. She finished as joint runner-up in the final of the show.
Anastasiya narrowly missed out on representing Ukraine at the Junior Eurovision Song Contest last year in Malta. She finished second in the Ukrainian national final, just three points behind Sofia Rol with the song “Planet Craves For Love”. At this years contest in Tbilisi she will be performing “Ne zupyniay” (Don’t Stop) which was written and composed by Ekateryna Komar, with Anastasiya also contributing to the lyrics.
Source: Kids Music
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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.