UA:PBC has announced its coverage of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2020 across its network.
The final of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2020 is set to be broadcast across the network of channels operated by UA:PBC. The contest is set to be broadcast across both its main channels UA:First and UA:Kultura, plus its regional channels that are operated around Ukraine.
As part of its coverage of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest, UA:PBC has produced ‘Diaries of the Junior Song Contest Eurovision-2020’. The show will feature five shows that will show the journey of Oleksandr from his hometown through to making it to the Junior Eurovision stage. The diaries are being broadcast on UA:First daily at 10:40 local time.
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.
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.