Yerzhan Maksim is in the midst of rehearsals in Kazakhstan ahead of Junior Eurovision 2019 in Gliwice-Silesia, Poland.
Yerzhan is rehearsing hard ahead of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest later this month in Poland. The young performer has been working closely with his vocal coach and teacher to prepare for the contest in Gliwice.
His teacher spoke of how Yerzhan’s preparations are going:
Waking up today, I went to the page of my pupil Yerzhan. There he shares his dream – this is Andrea Bocelli. Wherever he goes, no matter what he listens, he always talks about him. This artist inspires him. And, of course, Dimash Kudaibergenov. He helps Yerzhan very much, suggests something. In general, his participation in Eurovision is a very joyful event.
Who is Yerzhan Maxim?
Hailing from the city of Oral in northwestern Kazakhstan, Yerzhan had been taking music classes since 2012, according to the Astana Times. He is no stranger to international singing competitions, having taken the grand prize at 2016 Batumi Dolphin Fest and second place in the 2017 Slavianski Bazaar International Children’s Song Contest. He has also participated in the Sanremo Junior festival, as well as various other contests across Europe. Earlier this year, he was one of the winners of the Russian edition of The Voice Kids.
Yerzhan competed in Kazakhstan’s national selection show for Junior Eurovision last year, where he took third place with the song “Elimdi súyemin” (I love my country).
Last year, Kazakhstan debuted at Junior Eurovision with Daneliya Tuleshova singing “Ózine seń” (Yourself). She took sixth place, having been one of the favourites to win that year’s contest. She finished 8th in the jury vote with 68 points, but came third in the online vote with 103 points. Around 132,000 viewers watched as Kazakhstan made their first appearance at the Junior Eurovision Song Contest.