Russia has confirmed its participation in Junior Eurovision 2020, with the launch of its selection process for Poland.
Russia has launched its selection process for the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2020 in Poland. The Igor Krutoy Academy of Popular Music is working once again with Russian broadcaster VGTRK on Russia’s participation in the contest.
Submissions are open from April 6 until August 25, with singers aged between 9 and 14 years old being invited to take part. Once the submissions window is closed on September 7 an auditions round will be held in Moscow. A jury will then select the acts that will compete to represent Russia.
The final of the Russian selection will take place on September 16 in Moscow. The show will be recorded live and will then be broadcast by VGTRK on September 19. The winner will be determined by 50% online voting and 50% jury voting. Online voting will open from the moment the finalists are revealed and will stay open until the end of the voting window in the broadcast.
Tatyana Mezhentseva and Denberel Oorzhak represented Russia at the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2019 with the song “A Time for Us”. They finished 13th in the final scoring 72 points. Russia was 15th with the jury scoring 15 points, while 8th with the online vote scoring 57 points.
Source: JESC Russia
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 had never finished outside of the top 10 in their time at the contest until 2019, 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”.