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The week of... Anastasiya Baginska from Ukraine

23 December 2017 at 08:00 CET
Second rehearsal 2017 of Anastasiya Baginska from Ukraine Thomas Hanses
Anastasiya Baginska was born in Kyiv in July 2005 and she currently lives in Bila Tserkva. At the age of four she started humming melodies and singing songs from her favourite cartoons and commercials. She represented Ukraine with the song 'Don't Stop' in Tbilisi.

When Anastasiya turned five she began her studies at the school of art. Now she is studying acting, singing, voice-training, dance and other contemporary arts at the Katapulta Art Music School in Kyiv. Anastasiya sings in four languages; Ukrainian, Russian, English and Dutch. She performed on stage for the first time and took the second prize at the age of five. 

In 2014 Anastasiya participated in The Voice Kids which gave a huge boost to her performing career. She has also performed alongside Ukrainian Eurovision Song Contest winner Jamala at both her solo concert and in a special arrangement of her song 1944 which was performed at Eurovision 2017. 

Anastasiya was the face of a special promotional video about Ukraine, Come to Ukraine to Celebrate Diversity, created for the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest. It was a 30-second video with shots made in the most picturesque places of Ukraine. Watch the video below:

As with all the other contestants Anastasiya also played the Junior Eurovision Challenge Wheel. Check out the video below:

The composer of the song Don't Stop, Kateryna Komar was born in November 1985 in the Dnipropertovsk region of Ukraine. She started her coaching activity at a musical school in 1997 and in 2000 became a student of the Kryvyi Rih College of Music, specialising in piano. From 2002 to 2007 she studied at the Kyiv National University of Culture and Arts, graduating with a masters’ degree in singing. It was at this time that she began her work as a composer. 

In 2008 Kateryna became a member of the trio Zakliopky and was awarded a special prize at the international contest for young pop music performers, New Wave. The group participated in the Ukrainian national selections for the Eurovision Song Contest.