World famous singers, conductors and figure skaters have shown their support for this year’s Russian Junior Eurovision representatives.
Last weekend Tatyana Mezhentseva and Denberel Oorzhak attended Igor Krutoy’s Jubilee Creative Evening, alongside numerous singers and figure skaters. Also in attendance was Belgian singer Lara Fabian, who is no stranger to the Eurovision stage, having represented Luxembourg at the 1988 adult contest.
Lara showed her enthusiasm and support for the Russian duo:
“Congratulations to the guys on reaching the final of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest. They have a great song that I really liked. I want to wish them strength, enthusiasm and get a lot of pleasure from the competition – they have to win it!”
Igor Krutoy, the singers’ mentor, said:
“With Tatyana and Denberel, we agreed that they will win. This, of course, depends on the jury, but I wish the guys to adequately perform and represent the country”
Figure skater Alexei Yagudin added:
“The guys went through the most severe selection and now they have the opportunity to speak and represent Russia at the Junior Eurovision Song Contest. Cheer for them, support them, because they are the future of our country”
Who are Tatyana Mezhentseva and Denberel Oorzhak?
Ten year old Tatyana Mezhentseva is from Moscow, and began singing at just 4 years old. Her other hobbies include dance and gymnastics, as well as playing the piano and the flute. Denberel Oorzhak was born in the Republic of Tuva in 2006, and is most well-known for winning the show “You are Super!”, as well as Children’s New Wave. The pair met during the New Wave contest, and went on to enter the Russian Junior Eurovision selection show, where they came out victorious with their song “A Time For Us”.
Russia debuted in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest in 2005 and has participated in the contest every year since. Russia won the contest for the first time in 2006 when they were represented by the Tolmachevy Twins with the song “Vesenniy jazz”, who scored a total of 154 points. Russia has never finished outside of the top 10 in their time at the contest, and have finished second twice, fourth four times and fifth once. At the 2017 contest in Georgia, Russia won the contest for a second time represented by Polina Bogusevich and “Wings”.