From Internal to Public Selection: Kazakhstan changes plans for Junior Eurovision

Kazakhstan will be participating at this year’s Junior Eurovision Song Contest, however their method of selection has been changed from the originally announced internal selection. Now, it has been reported that the nation will hold a televised selection.

The nation previously used a televised selection in their debut year of the contest, back in 2018. This year’s selection will feature four stages, with the first being the submission period. Any interested acts can submit their applications between August 10 and 20. Then, between August 21 and 22, a jury will vote online for the 30 acts that they think should progress

From August 24th to 31st, the public will be able to vote online to select the 12 finalists who will go on to compete in the televised selection. The live final will be held on September 26th. The winner of the show will be selected entirely by public voting, which will be done by calling or SMS. In the case that there is a tie, the jury will select the winner.

The jury consists of:

  • Amre – Winner of Slavianski Bazaar 2018
  • Bagym Mukhitdenova – Music Producer
  • Dinaya – Second Place at New Wave Junior in 2015
  • Erlan Bekchurin – Producer for Dimash Kudaibergen
  • Indira Edulbayeva – Superfinalist in the Voice of Ukraine 2020
  • Khamit Shangaliyev – Music Producer, Composer and Sound Producer
  • ZaQ – Soloist of the group ‘Ninety One’
  • Zhanar Dugalova – Winner of Turkvision Song Contest 2014

Stay tuned for more news from Kazakhstan! For now, watch the 2019 performance from Yerzhan Maxim below: