Saniya Zholzhaxynova will reveal Kazakhstan’s votes at this year’s Junior Eurovision Song Contest.
Khabar Agency has revealed to Eurovoix.com that Saniya Zholzhaxynova will be Kazakhstan’s spokesperson at the 2020 Junior Eurovision Song Contest, which will be held this upcoming Sunday.
The results of the national juries will be revealed by spokespersons who, for the first time since 2012, will be located in their home countries rather than in the venue itself. The spokespersons revealed so far are:
- Georgia – Marita Khvedelidze
- Kazakhstan – Saniya Zholzhaxynova
- Netherlands – Robin de Haas
- Serbia – Darija Vračević
- Spain – Melani García
- Ukraine – Sophia Ivanko
The first look at Karakat Bashanova’s performance for the contest was also revealed today. Her performance was recorded on October 26th in Astana. Karakat is one of a number of acts this year that have recorded their performance in their home country.
Who is Karakat Bashanova?
Kazakhstan’s third entrant in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest is twelve-year-old Karakat Bashanova from Ryskulov. Karakat began singing at just five-years-old and went on to take vocal lessons from the age of nine.
The singer is no stranger to competitions, having participated in the final of The Voice of Children 2018, and finishing in 3rd place at the Happy Child 2019 festival. Alongside singing, she also plays the piano and violin.
Her competing song “Forever” is dedicated to her late father, and was written by Khamit Shangaliyev, who also composed Kazakhstan’s 2019 entry.
Source: Khabar Agency / Image source: kaznews.kz
Kazakhstan first participated in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest in 2018, with Daneliya Tuleshova and her song “Ozine sen”. She went on to finish in 6th place. The following year, the country was represented by Yerzhan Maksim with the song “Armanyńnan qalma”, which scored a total of 227 points. Kazakhstan won the jury vote scoring 148 points, but was 5th with the online vote scoring 79 points, and finished in 2nd place overall.