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Kazakhstan: Junior Eurovision Selection to be Held in September

Khabar Agency has launched the submissions window for the Kazakh selection process for Junior Eurovision 2018.

The search is on in Kazakhstan for the nations first participant in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest. From today until August 30, singers aged between 9 and 14 years are invited to submit their songs for the Kazakh selection process. The rules of the selection are as follows;

  • No more than six people can perform on stage
  • All submitted songs must be new and cannot have been released previously
  • Songs must be performed in Kazakh and cannot have more than 40% of the lyrics in English

Once the submissions window closes on August 30, all of the submissions will be evaluated by a jury. By September 7 a jury will have voted on the songs and select the finalists who will progress to the national final.

The Kazakh national final will take place in the third week of September, with the show to be broadcast live on Khabar. It has not been stated whether a jury alone, or the public will be voting in the national final.

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.

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:

  • Albania
  • Armenia
  • Australia
  • Azerbaijan
  • Belarus
  • France
  • FYR Macedonia
  • Georgia
  • Ireland
  • Israel
  • Italy
  • Kazakhstan
  • Malta
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Russia
  • Serbia
  • The Netherlands
  • Wales

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.

Source: Khabar

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