Young Kazakh singer Daneliya Tuleshova will be competing to be the first ever artist to represent Kazakhstan in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest.
Despite previous reports suggesting that the singer will not be auditioning for the upcoming selection process, it has now been confirmed she indeed will be applying. Her presence in the contest was previously put into doubt because it was reported that she did not have the right song to go ahead in the competition with.
However following reports of interest in the media for Daneliya to represent Kazakhstan, her management have received several proposals within the music industry to collaborate with the young artist.
When asked about the National Selection, Daneliya’s mentor Nataliya Churakova said:
Hopefully, we chose several songs that may be appropriate for the contest and Daneliya’s vocal capabilities. Now we prepare an application for the contest, and despite the busy schedule of performances, we are preparing for audition.
Daneliya herself also added:
I am well aware that there are many gifted children in our country, I am familiar with many of them. And, whoever would go to the final of selection, and would get an honour to represent Kazakhstan at Eurovision, I will wholeheartedly support him.
Daneliya has previous experience representing her nation, having won the People’s Choice Awards at the Junior New Wave contest back in 2015 in Crimea when she was 9 years old.
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 will be making their debut at the Junior Eurovision Song Contest this year on 25 November 2018 in Minsk, Belarus. This will be the first ever Eurovision event that Kazakhstan will be participating in. They join fellow newcomers Wales in what will be the biggest Junior Eurovision ever. Despite initially announcing that 19 countries will be competing, last week the EBU added Ukraine to the participation list. This means that a record breaking 20 countries will be competing in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2018.