Sophia Ivanko has been revealed as the spokesperson of the Ukrainian jury for the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2020.
UA:PBC, the Ukranian national broadcaster, confirmed to Eurovoix that Sophia Ivanko will reveal the results of the Ukrainian jury at Junior Euroivison 2020. Sophia represented Ukraine at last year’s contest with “The Spirit of Music”. She finished in 15th place with 59 points.
UA:PBC also confirmed that Timur Miroshnychenko will commentate on the contest for Ukrainian viewers. Timur has provided commentary for Ukrainian viewers on every Junior Eurovision Song Contest since 2005, with the exceptions of 2009 and 2013, when he hosted the contest. He has also provided commentary for every Eurovision Song Contest since 2007, except in 2017, when he hosted the contest itself.
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:
- Gerogia – Marita Khvedelidze
- Netherlands – Robin de Haas
- Serbia – Darija Vračević
- Spain – Melani García
- Ukraine – Sophia Ivanko
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 in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest
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.