Junior Eurovision

David Charlin presents “Jer-Ana” (Mother Earth), Kazakhstan’s song at Junior Eurovision 2022

The composer of some of Kazakhstan's most successful Junior Eurovision bids is behind this year's entry

A few days ago, Khabar TV presented the song that David Charlin will defend on stage at Junior Eurovision 2022. The proposal, entitled Jer-Ana (Mother Earth in English), revolves around the concern of the new generations about the problems plaguing planet Earth. It is a song composed by two of the most renowned composers of the Kazakh nation, including Khamit Shangaliyev, who would already be the author of Armanyńnan Qalma by Yerzhan Maxim (2019) and “Forever” by Karakat Bashanova (2020).

You can enjoy the official music video of the song below:


The country has been busy these weeks with the preparations for their proposal, with which they hope to reach the top of the festival’s classification table for the first time. Various singing teachers, stylists, and choreographers are in extensive rehearsals with the young David Charlin, who has been taking Kazakh language classes to perfect his knowledge of the language. In addition, the artist is already preparing to appear in different programs and spaces on Khabar TV, with the aim of promoting his trip to the Junior Eurovision stage, where he hopes to perform at the highest level.

The production team of the proposal has also spilled many illusions into the project, to which they are fully committed. Zhan Mukanov, the producer of the Kazakh proposal, stated that David Charlin and the delegation have every opportunity and chance to do something amazing at the Yerevan festival. The director also urged the support of all citizens during the voting to achieve the coveted first place in the children’s competition.


The young Kazakh representative is already a celebrity in his country, having toured various stages of festivals and competitions throughout Kazakhstan in his short musical career and often posting covers of well-known songs on his YouTube channel. Through the singer’s social networks we also see that in his free time he loves to have fun with his family or make outdoor plans such as bathing on the beach. Charlin has only been professionally immersed in the music world for a year, but he has adored it for much longer.

Baqytty Bala 2022 presentation press conference (Image: Dimash News)

His choice comes after his time at the Baqytty Bala (Happy Child) children’s music festival, consolidated as one of the most prolific artistic events in the country during its last editions. Promoted by world-renowned singer Dimash and devised by his fan club, the music festival seeks to create an unparalleled space to bring together the world’s greatest child talents, encouraging cooperation, collaboration, friendship, and camaraderie among them. As the organization assures, the goal of the contest is not to win, but to make great friends and have fun.

The annual contest is traditionally held in the summer to take advantage of the good weather in the area, which hosts numerous games, events, and outdoor activities so that the contestants feel like true stars and take advantage of their time in the contest to make friends and have fun, the true purpose of the project. Year after year, the event also manages to mobilize media from all over Kazakhstan and fans from all over the world, among which Poland and Central Asia stand out.

The competition is divided into three galas that take place from the impressive main stage of the event, located in the Cultural Center of the city. This year’s 21 participants, selected from over 200 applicants, try to impress a panel of experts who ultimately select a festival winner at the Baqytty Bala final gala.


Kazakhstan’s‎‎ presence in the ‎‎Junior Eurovision Song Contest‎‎ to date is brief and intense in equal parts. Their first appearance dates back to 4 years ago when after several attempts to be admitted as participants in the ‎‎Senior Eurovision Song Contest‎‎ and having attended as observers to different editions of the children’s festival, they received an official invitation from the EBU to take part in the contest. The ‎‎country’s debut‎‎ came from the hand of superstar ‎‎Danelya Tuleshova‎‎ who along with her song “‎Ozine Sen‎” became the ‎‎country’s first-ever participant‎‎ in a Eurovision event, as well as one of the ‎‎favorites‎‎ to get the crystal microphone of that year’s festival, which took place in ‎‎Minsk, Belarus‎‎. Finally, the country obtained ‎‎eighth place‎‎ which was not enough.‎


After a powerful debut that shows promise, the Kazakh nation won ‎‎two consecutive silver medals‎‎ thanks to the powerful voices of the young performers ‎‎Yerzhan Maxim‎‎ and ‎‎Karakat Bashanova‎‎, and the ‎‎solid and powerful scenic proposals‎‎ that the Kazakh corporation created for both participants and the massive support received from the ‎‎international jury‎‎ in both years.

The last representatives of the country were the adorable Alinur and Beknur, who together with their song “Ертегі әлемі” (Fairy World) obtained a more than a good eighth place on the stage of La Seine Musicale last December 19.


The Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2022 will be held in Yerevan, Armenia, next Sunday, December 11. With the slogan ‘Spin the Magic’, the Karen Demirchyan Complex will be responsible for hosting the show in which various artists aged between 9 and 14 years from different countries in Europe will fight to take the coveted crystal microphone, a trophy that accredits the victory in the children’s music festival.

The organization of the show by the Armenian public television ARMTV comes after the victory of Malena and her “Qami Qami on the stage of Paris on December 19, awakening a collective euphoria throughout her homeland and making the whole country face with great enthusiasm and responsibility the challenge of organizing the festival, which promises to be more special than ever given that this 2022 celebrates its 20th anniversary. It will not be the first time that Armenia hosts an edition of Junior Eurovision, having had the opportunity to do so in 2011, also at the Karen Demirchyan Complex.

Finally, there are 16 European televisions that have confirmed their participation in the festival and will spin the magic (and its luck) in Yerevan, after the ambition and efforts of the organization to have the largest final number of participants, with the aim that this twentieth edition of the children’s contest is remembered as one of the most spectacular of its history. Little by little, we are getting to know more names of the selected artists. Who will be the winner this year?

🇦🇱 Albania (RTSH)Kejtlin Gjata
🇦🇲 Armenia (AMPTV) Nare Ghazaryan
🇪🇸 Spain (RTVE)Carlos Higes
🇫🇷 France (France TV)Lissandro
🇬🇪Georgia (GPB)Mariam Bigvava
🇮🇪 Ireland (TG4)Sophie Lennon
🇮🇹 Italy (RAI)Chanel Dilecta
🇰🇿 Kazakhstan (Khabar Agency)David Charlin

🇲🇰 North Macedonia (MKRTV)Lara feat. Jovan & Irina
🇲🇹 Malta (PBS)Gaia Gambuzza
🇵🇱 Poland (TVP)Laura Bączkiewicz
🇵🇹 Portugal (RTP)Nicolas Alves
🇬🇧 United Kingdom (BBC) Freya Skye
🇷🇸 Serbia (RTS)Katarina Savić
🇳🇱 The Netherlands (AVROTROS)Luna
🇺🇦 Ukraine (UA: PBC)Zlata Dzyunka

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