The artistic director behind Jamala’s winning Eurovision performance will be staging Ukraine’s performance for Junior Eurovision 2020.
UA:PBC has announced that Aleksandr Bratkovsky is the person who will be behind the staging of Ukraine’s entry for the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2020. The broadcaster had held an open selection to find the person who would stage the performance of Oleksandr Balabanov.
Aleksandr has previous experience at the Eurovision Song Contest having worked on three past performances. He helped to stage Jamla’s winning performance at Eurovision 2016, as well as Ukraine 2018 and Azerbaijan 2019.
Who is Oleksandr Balabanov?
Oleksandr Balabanov was born in Donetsk, Ukraine, and began singing when he was young. At the age of 4, he joined the children’s folk singing group, before moving to the Ukrainian capital at 8 years old. Since the move, he began taking vocal classes.
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. He won the Ukrainian selection on the jury vote alone receiving 5 out of 8 jurors votes while finishing 4th with the public vote.
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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.