Oleksandr Balabanov has received a one-off set of stamps celebrating his participation in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest.
Ukrposhta has presented Oleksandr Balabanov with a one-off set of six stamps marking his participating in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2020. The stamps feature an image of the singer and his song title. Oleksandr commented:
In fact, it is unexpected that I will be invited and given such cool exclusive stamps. Of course, I will not use them. I will put them in a prominent place and I will admire them.
In return the spokesperson for Ukrposhta was presented with a branded ‘Open Up’ tote bag.
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.
Image Source: UA: PBC (photographer: Anastasiia Mantach) / Source: UA:PBC
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.