The finalists for the Russian Junior Eurovision national final have been revealed.
Auditions were held this weekend in the Igor Krutoy Academy in Moscow to determine the who would be moving forward to the national final. A total of 11 finalists were selected.
The finalists (along with their hometowns) are:
- Sofia Feskova – St. Petersburg
- Arseny Slesarev – Moscow
- Artem Fokin – Sevastopol
- Sofia Shkepu – Yaroslavl
- Artem Morozov – Moscow
- Rutger Garecht – Orenburg
- Duet “LittleZ” (Mikhail Koval and Polina Koroleva) – Novosibirsk
- Sergey Filin and Veronica Litovchenko – Moscow
- Sophia Tumanova – Novosibirsk
- Genych (Gennady Pereverdiev) – Moscow
- Sofia Kirsenko – Simferopol
The Russian national final for the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2020 will take place on September 25. The winner will be chosen by 50% online voting and 50% jury voting. Online voting will open from the moment the entries are revealed until September 24.
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: Igor Krutoy Academy
Russia in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest
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”.