Children’s television character Khryusha is set to reveal the points of the Russian jury at Junior Eurovision 2019.
Khryusha will be returning as the Russian spokesperson at Junior Eurovision for a second year running. Khryusha has been a staple of Russian children’s television since 1970, when the character was introduced to Spokoynoy nochi, malyshi!. Spokoynoy nochi, malyshi! is the longest running children’s television series in Russian having been launched in 1964.
Khryusha helped to announce the results of the Russian jury at last years Junior Eurovision Song Contest in Minsk, Belarus. All of the spokespersons will be live on stage at the Arena Gliwice, and will reveal the results of their respective nations juries. Each jury is formed of three adult music professionals, and two children.
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”.
Source: ESC World
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”.