Speaking in Gliwice today, Jon Ola Sand has commented on Kazakhstan in Eurovision and potential EBU membership.
Jon Ola Sand, the Executive Supervisor of the Eurovision Song Contest, has spoken this evening regarding Kazakhstan, the Eurovision Song Contest and potential EBU membership. He told the press assembled at the Arena Gliwice that:
First of all, we’re very happy to have the delegation from Kazakhstan here and they performed really well last year. They have a great act this year and they prepare thoroughly and send their best crew basically, so we’re very happy for that.
For the time being, there is no discussion about bringing them into the Eurovision Song Contest but we are in constant dialogue with the broadcaster on several levels – not only when it comes to the events that we do but also when it comes to discussion around membership, about services we can offer.
They have several times visited the EBU, not only me but other departments and people at the EBU, and we would like to continue a good dialogue with the broadcaster in Kazakhstan because they add value to, for instance, this contest and we’re very happy for that.
The European Broadcasting Union has repeatedly stated that there is currently no plan to invite the Kazakh broadcaster, Khabar Agency, to participate in the Eurovision Song Contest.
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”.