Russia’s Denberel Oorzhak has fallen ill during today’s first rehearsals, with the singer advised to rest by doctors.
RIA Novosti reports that Denberel Oorzhak fell ill during the first rehearsal of the Russian delegation at Junior Eurovision 2019. In a statement to RIA, the press service of the Igor Krutoy Academy stated:
During the first rehearsal of the number on the Arena Gliwice stage, the participant from Russia, 13-year-old Denerel Oorzhak, felt unwell. The boy is now under the supervision of qualified personnel. His grandmother and representatives of the Russian delegation are next to Denberel.
The boy was seriously preparing for the upcoming contest and was too worried at the crucial moment. Now he is resting surrounded by loved ones. His condition has returned to normal.
RIA Novosti states that the contest organisers halted the rehearsal and brought medical assistance to Denberel. The singer has been advised to rest by doctors.
The European Broadcasting Union released the following statement:
Statement regarding Russia’s JESC performer Denberel Oorzhak. pic.twitter.com/tO6nSDC4cB
— Junior Eurovision (@EurovisionJr) November 20, 2019
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”.