Last year Alexander Minyonok finished seventh in Junior Eurovision 2016 in Valetta, Malta. Who will follow in Alexander's footsteps?
Friday 25th August sees both Ukraine and Belarus choose their respective representatives at the 2017 Junior Eurovision Song Contest. Both countries will use a combination of professional juries and public votes to decide the winner.
Earlier this year there was an open call for entries for the 2017 Junior Eurovision Song Contest. Following the deadline for submissions, auditions took place in Belarus in front of a professional jury. The ten finalists in 2017 are:
- Ruslana Panchishina (Minsk)
- Helena Meraai (Minsk)
- Stephanie Sokolova (Minsk)
- Anastasia Zhabko (Minsk)
- The quartet of the National V. Mulyavin Children's Art Center: Maxim Tsuprikov, Angelina Lomako, Stephanie Kruglaya and Stephanie Sokolova (Minsk)
- Maria Zhilina (Minsk)
- Duet Arina Pekhtereva and Anastasia Dmitrachkova (Mogilev)
- Yaroslav Sokolikov (Minsk)
- Anastasia Timofeevich (Brest)
- Elina Mataras (Minsk)
The live final in Belarus, broadcast from Minsk, will be streamed live on the website of the national broadcaster, starting at 21:00 CEST.
The Ukrainian national selection final for the 2017 Junior Eurovision Song Contest will take place in the International Children’s Centre, Artek, based in Pushcha-Vodytsia. In the semi-final, held on 8th August, 10 finalists were selected to proceed to the final:
- Veronika Kovalenko
- Pollianna Ryzhak
- Duo "Hlamurchyk"
- Sofiia Lozina
- Sofiia Bondarenko
- Anastasiia Bahinska
- Fedia Skliarenko
- Darina Halytska
- Sofiia Shkidchenko
- Nina Boikova
The professional jury composed of music and sound producer Vadym Lysytsia, singer Iryna Shvaidak, singer and actor EL Kravchuk, singer and composer Svitlana Tarabarova, singer and musician ROZHDEN will evaluate the contestants’ performances. The show will be hosted by Timur Miroshnychenko and Daria Kolomiiets for the second year in a row. Follow the news on the official Ukrainian social channels on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
Last year Sofia Rol represented the country with the song Planet Craves For Love in Valletta, Malta.