The twelve songs competing to represent Russia at the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2018 have been released as audience voting begins online.
The public vote in the Russian selection process for the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2018 in Minsk, Belarus has begun today. For the next week the public can vote online via jesc-russia.com. To vote in the selection users must have a VK, OK, Mail@ru or Google Plus account.
The twelve finalists and their songs are:
- Arkadiy Yevtushenko – Ya zdes (I’m here)
- Mishel Zadorozhnaya – Podelis mechtoy (Share your dream)
- Aleksandra Kirilchuk – Family tree
- Yelizaveta Kuklishina – Mechta moya (My dream)
- Group Dodostar – Poslushay (Listen)
- Evelina Mazurina – Poy dushoy (Sing your soul)
- Group Matreshki – Vse mezhdu nami (All between us)
- Tatyana Melnichenko – Schastye na ladonyakh (Happiness in the palm of your hands)
- Diana Smykova – Barabum
- Ivan Starikov – Neutomimyye (Tireless)
- Anna Filipchuk – Nepobedimy (Invincible)
- Anya Yakubuk – Vselennaya (Universe)
A number of changes to the selection have occurred since the participants were originally announced. Dina Baru is no longer participating in the competition, replaced instead by Aleksandra Kirilchuk. While Group LikeKids have been renamed to Group Dodostar.
In the event that Aleksandra Kirilchuk wins the Russian selection she will have to include at least 60% of the lyrics in Russian as the song is currently in entirely in English. This is to comply to the rules of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest that states that songs can only have 40% of their lyrics in English.
The final of the Russian selection process takes place on June 3 at the Artek Camp in Crimea. The winner will be decided by 50% jury voting and 50% public vote.
Source: Junior Eurovision Russia
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”