After choosing the lovely Alisa Kozhikina through an internal selection last year, Russian broadcaster RTR has today confirmed that Russia will revive its national selection format for Junior Eurovision 2015. They’ll stage and broadcast the show by the end of September. It’s Russia, so we imagine it’ll be big!
The broadcaster will open the submission period on Saturday August 1 and kids aged between 10 and 15 will be able to send their songs until September 10. Afterwards, a number of entries will proceed to the live show, and knowing Russia, it’ll probably feature around 20 rising stars and starlets.
Why? Because their last internal selection, in 2013, had 18 acts. And the winner Dayana Kirklova was AMAZING, ultimately coming fourth at JESC. We loved how she captured childhood through schlager — and that she brought a boat on the stage. Who does that? The Wiwi Jury praised her voice and theatrics, with one juror writing:
Pass the keys—this lil’ diva is steering the boat, y’all! From 0:38 Dayana goes into schlager cruise control and sets my heart alight. It’s true that we’ve heard this before. The basic structure of the song is Russia’s Katya Ryabova from 2009. She placed second, and Dayana could do even better. It’s not my personal favourite, but this should definitely finish in the Top 5. I hope it does for the sake of those two boys wearing tin foil and jumping in place. Oh the indignity!
Russia at Junior Eurovision
Russia confirmed their participation in Sofia some days ago, thus becoming the 14th country that will join the party. Russia debuted in 2005 and has never left the JESC family. They won once, and have place inside the top 5 another six times. They know the game, y’all!
Last year, Alisa Kozhikina was internally selected to represent Russia in Malta. She finished 5th with her song “Little Dreamer”.
Who is your dream act for Russia this year? Tell us below!