Oleksandr Balabanov is the Ukrainian representative for Junior Eurovision 2020 with the jury voting now complete.
Oleksandr Balabanov is set to represent Ukraine at the 2020 Junior Eurovision Song Contest. Despite the public vote still taking place it is now impossible for any other act to receive the required number of votes to be named as the Ukrainian entrant for Warsaw.
The song that Oleksandr will perform in Warsaw is titled “Vidkryvay” which translates to ‘Open’. Oleksandr is the first male singer to represent Ukraine in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest since 2009 when Andranik Alexanyan represented Ukraine on home soil in Kyiv.
The full results of the jury vote are as follows:
- Oleksandr Balabanov – 5 votes
- Olena Usenko (Ellen) – 2 votes
- Yaroslav Politov (Yar Politov) – 1 vote
The public vote is open until tomorrow, with the winner of the online vote will receive 1 vote. The jury was formed of:
- Jamala – Winner of the Eurovision Song Contest 2016
- Alina Pash – Singer and rapper
- Taras Topolya – Soloist in Antytila
- Ruslana Khazipova – Member of Dakh Daughters
- Dmytro Shurov – Soloist in Pianoboy
- Larysa Klyuyevska – Music editor for UA: Radio Promin
- Timur Miroshnychenko – Commentator and television presenter for Junior Eurovision
- Lyubov Morozova – Music critic and host on UA:Kultura
UA:PBC will officially announce the results of the Ukrainian selection by September 12.
Update: UA:PBC has officially confirmed that Oleksandr Balabanov will represent Ukraine at Junior Eurovision 2020.
Ukraine debuted in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest in 2006 and has competed in the contest ever since. To date Ukraine has only won the competition once. In 2012 Anastasiya Petryk won in Amsterdam with the song “Nebo”, she scored 138 points including eight sets of 12 points. Ukraine has hosted the contest twice, the first time being in 2009 and the second being in 2013 following their victory in Amsterdam.