Kazakhstan will not be taking part in the Eurovision Song Contest 2020 in Rotterdam.
In response to a question from ESCXtra, the EBU has confirmed that there are currently no plans to invite Khabar Agency to participate in the Eurovision Song Contest 2020.
Khabar Agency is currently an associate member of the EBU and needs to be invited to participate in the Eurovision Family of Events. Kazakhstan made their debut appearance at the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2018. Their debut appearance in Junior Eurovision was approved by the Steering Group of the contest. Kazakhstan were represented by Daneliya Tulehsova and the song “Ózine sen”. The nation finished sixth in the final, having been one of the favourites to win the contest. Kazakhstan will participate in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2019 in Gliwice and will be represented by Yerzhan Maxim.
Khabar Agency is currently pushing for full membership of the European Broadcasting Union, that would enable the broadcaster to compete in the Eurovision Song Contest, which they have broadcasted live since 2010. Speaking at last year’s Junior Eurovision Song Contest, the Chairman of the Board of Khabar Agency explained:
For many years now, Khabar Agency has been part of the EBU. But our first task is to become full members of the union, so that we have the right to vote. When we will reach this status, it will be much easier. And work in this direction is carried out almost daily. There were big talks between the Minister of Information and Communications Dauren Abayev and the EBU management team.
Negotiations have not ended and we continue to work. Even after Junior Eurovision we’ve already had meetings with them. I think shortly they will come here to Kazakhstan and negotiations will continue. So we hope that a little later a decision is reached.