Having previously announced an internal selection, Khabar will now organise a televised selection to chose the Kazakh participant for Junior Eurovision 2020.
Kazakhstan is set to hold a televised national selection for the first time since 2018, having previously announced an internal selection process last week. The selection is being held in four stages:
- Open window for submissions between August 10 and 20
- Between August 21 and 22 a jury will vote online for the 30 acts they think should progress to the next stage of the competition
- From August 24 to 31, the public will be able to vote online to select the twelve finalists who will be competing in the televised selection
- Live national final will be held on September 26
The jury that will select the 30 acts to go through to the online vote are:
- Bagym Mukhitdenova – Music Producer
- Khamit Shangaliyev – Music Producer, Composer and Sound Producer
- Erlan Bekchurin – Producer for Dimash Kudaibergen
- Zhanar Dugalova – Winner of the Turkvision Song Contest 2014
- Amre – Winner of Slavianski Bazaar 2018
- Dinaya – Second Place at New Wave Junior in 2015
- ZaQ – Soloist of the group ‘Ninety One’
- Indira Edulbayeva – Superfinalist in the Voice of Ukraine 2020
The winner of the Kazakh national final will be selected entirely by public voting, the public will be able to vote by calling or SMS. In the event that two acts receive the exact same number of votes, the jury will determine the winner. Khabar has stated that the format of the national selection and location of the show will be subject to COVID-19.
The country first participated in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest in 2018, with Daneliya Tuleshova and her song “Ozine sen”. She went on to finish in 6th place. The following year, Kazakhstan was represented by Yerzhan Maksim with the song “Armanyńnan qalma”, which scored a total of 227 points. Kazakhstan won the jury vote scoring 148 points, but was 5th with the online vote scoring 79 points, and finished in 2nd place overall.