Following confirmation of Kazakhstan’s debut in Junior Eurovision, Danelia Toleshova has become the favourite to represent her nation at the contest.
Danelia Toleshova has become the favourite to represent Kazakhstan on their debut in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest. Danelia who previously took part in the Voice Kids, Ukraine, was one of a number of Kazakh singers to take part in a Euroclub performance at the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2017.
The singers management has however stated that;
The winner of the contest “Voice Kids, Ukraine” in 2017, does not yet consider her participation in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest. The young singer has no musical material yet, which would correspond to a competition of this level.
The comments come after the singer was stated by the Kazakh Ministry of Culture to be interested in representing her country at the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2018. Danelia has risen to fame in Kazakhstan following her participation in the Voice Kids, Ukraine.
Kazakhstan’s participation in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2018 is being organised by Khabar Agency. The broadcaster has yet to confirm how it will select its participant for Minsk. Khabar has been broadcasting the Eurovision Song Contest live to viewers across Kazakhstan since 2010, with a commentary team covering the contest from Astana. Khabar has been an associate member of the European Broadcasting Agency since January 2016.
The European Broadcasting Union has revealed that a record breaking 19 countries will participate in this year Junior Eurovision Song Contest, including debuting countries Wales and Kazakhstan. The previous record for the amount of participating countries was 18 in 2004.
The participating countries are as follows:
- FYR Macedonia
- The Netherlands
Azerbaijan and Israel return to the contest after a short break of a few years, with France also returning after their debut and only entry in 2004.
The 2018 edition of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest will be held in Minsk, Belarus after the country won the bidding process before the 2017 contest even began. Olga Salamankha explained that Belarus was selected as the host for next years contest over other bids due to their long-term commitment to the competition.