Anastasiya Baginska, Ukrainian representative at this year’s Junior Eurovision Song Contest, has been in the studio recording the final version of her song “Ne zupyniai”.
Yesterday the composer of the Ukrainian Junior Eurovision song Kateryna Komar posted a video on her Facebook page, which shows Anastasiya re-recording her song “Ne zupyniai” with added English lyrics. This is not the first time an artist has re-recorded their track with English lyrics, as we’ve seen this happen many times in the past from various countries. This is mainly so that people from around the world understand the message of the song.
The rules of this year’s Junior Eurovision Song Contest has changed in that up to 40% of the lyrics of any song can be in English, the rest in the native language of that country. Additionally, the number of voices on the backing track has been increased from five to six singers.
Watch the national final performance below:
Sixteen countries will take part in the 15th edition of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest this year, including returning country Portugal, who haven’t participated since 2007. The contest will take place in the Olympic Palace in Tbilisi, Georgia on Sunday 26th November 2017 at 16:00 – 18:00 CET. This is the first time Georgia has hosted any Eurovision event. The sixteen countries taking part are:
- FYR Macedonia
- The Netherlands
It’s worth noting that more countries could be added to this list, as it was reported that these are the confirmed countries to date.
There has been a change in the voting rules again this year. The audience will be able to vote online, which opens on Friday 24th November, and will close on Sunday 26th November. Viewers will have to watch the recap of all the songs before they place their vote on the JESC website. The first round of voting will close at 15:59 CET on Sunday 26th November. Then, during the live show, the online voting will open again once the last performance has taken place, and will be open for 15 minutes. The final audience result will be a combination of both the pre-show and live voting results. This will then make up 50% of the final vote, with the jury voting being the other 50%.
Source: Kateryna Komar
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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.