Dina Garipova has been announced as one of the judges in the auditions round of Russia’s Junior Eurovision 2018 selection.
Eurovision 2013 participant Dina Garipova has been revealed as a judge at the audition round of the Russian selection process for Junior Eurovision 2018. This will not be the first time that Dina has been a judge at a song contest event, having been the juror for Tatarstan at the 2014 Turkvision Song Contest.
Dina rose to fame in Russia in 2012 following her victory in Golos and went on to be internally selected to represent her country in Malmo, Sweden with “What if”. Russia finished 5th in the final with 174 points.
From April 1 to 5, the Borodino Hotel in Moscow will host hundreds of aspiring performers all vying for a place in the countries Junior Eurovision selection final.
After these final auditions in Moscow, the finalists in the Russian selection process will be determined. The finalists will then work with Igor Krutoy’s Academy on the songs, staging and ideas for the national selection performances. The final will be held on June 3 at the Artek camp in Crimea.
The 2018 edition of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest will be held in Minsk, Belarus on November 25, after the country won the bidding process before the 2017 contest even began.
To date the following countries have confirmed their participation in the contest:
- Belarus – Host nation
- The Netherlands
Accordion Russia debuted in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest in 2005 and has participated in the contest every year since. Russia won the contest for the first time in 2006 when they were represented by the Tolmachevy Twins with the song “Vesenniy jazz”, who scored a total of 154 points. Russia has never finished outside of the top 10 in their time at the contest, and have finished second twice, fourth four times and fifth once. Last year in Georgia, Russia won the contest for a second time represented by Polina Bogusevich and “Wings”