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David Charlin will represent Kazakhstan at Junior Eurovision 2022 after being chosen at the Baqytty Bala festivalk

A few days ago, the young singer David Charlin become the representative of Kazakhstan in Junior Eurovision 2022, which will be held this December. David has been appointed by the Khabar Agency as the flag bearer at the prestigious European festival after his brilliant stint at the Baqytty Bala contest.

‎The young Kazakh is a celebrity in his country, having toured in his short musical career at various stages of festivals and competitions throughout Kazakhstan‎ and often posting covers of well-known songs on his YouTube channel. Through the singer’s social media, 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.


The final gala of Baqytty Bala, sponsored by the world-renowned singer ‎‎Dimash‎‎, has been held on August 13 afternoon from the ‎‎Cultural Center‎‎ of the city of ‎‎Aktobe‎‎, ending three days of festival in which different young people have covered various songs trying to win the favour of a jury of five members, composed by ‎‎Askhat Maemirov, Marat Aitimov, Kanat Aitbaev, Rukhiya Baidukenova and Yernar Nutazin‎‎.‎

A total of ‎‎21 new artists‎‎ selected from more than ‎‎200 applications‎‎ have been lucky enough to compete in the contest, which enjoys ‎‎great popularity‎‎ and a following in Eastern Europe. The show has featured contestants from all corners of ‎‎Europe‎‎ and ‎‎Central Asia‎‎, including ‎‎Polish, Russian, Armenian, Turkish or Bulgarian‎‎ artists. The ‎‎complete list ‎‎of contestants and their respective nationalities is as follows:‎

Cristina-Maria PanteaRomania
Aiaulym SabyrKazakhstan
Elen BadalianArmenia
Kamilia SagimbaiKazakhstan
Sagyn OmirbaiulyKazakhstan
Amina ZhaparKazakhstan
Milana PakUzbekistan
David CharlinKazakhstan
Melani GarciaSpain
Enlik BaizakhKazakhstan
Iasmin AiupovaKazakhstan
Yalki SakaTurkey
Yuliya MaxKazakhstan
Daniyar DuissenbekovKazakhstan
Akzharkyn AiddsovaKazakhstan
Sesil AlperBulgaria
Asylaiym BolatkyzyKazakhstan
Zhanerke AbdrakhmanovaKazakhstan
Zarva UlianaRussia
Arustan SherkhanKazakhstan
Julianna KitovaPoland

‎The song that ‎‎David Charlin‎‎ will defend on the ‎‎Junior Eurovision‎‎ 2022 stage is expected to be chosen internally by the ‎‎Khabar Agency‎‎ in the coming weeks. This strategy used by the Kazakh entity to select its candidacy implies a change with respect to previous years, in which it has been chosen openly through ‎‎televised preselections‎‎, in 2018, 2020 and 2021, or ‎‎privately‎‎, through an internal election in 2019. ‎


‎Curiously, the eventual Kazakh representative, ‎‎David Charlin‎‎, has not been the winner of the ‎‎Baqytty Bala festival, ‎‎being left off the podium. The privilege has been granted to the young singer since the organization has considered that his profile was the most suitable to compete in an ‎‎international competition ‎‎of the stature of ‎‎Junior Eurovision‎‎. ‎

‎The victory of ‎‎Baqytty Bala‎‎ has been very disputed and distributed to the point of ending in ‎‎a tie‎‎ between two contestants, given the high level of vocal quality of the gala. The Russian ‎‎Zarva Uliana ‎‎and the Kazakh ‎‎Zhanerke Abdrakhmanova‎‎ have been named as the absolute winners of this edition, having the honour of singing with the great ‎‎Dimash‎‎ in their next concerts. The second position has fallen to our great ‎‎Melani‎‎, along with the talented Uzbek singer ‎‎Milana Pak‎‎. The podium is closed by a quadruple tie between ‎‎Yalki Saka, Yuliya Max, Elen Badalian and Aiaulym Sabyr.‎


‎The ‎‎Kazakh festival‎‎ has had ‎‎Spanish representation‎‎ and certainly could not be in better hands. Our great ‎‎Melani Garcia‎‎, Spanish representative of ‎‎Junior Eurovision 2019‎‎, has been one of the contestants of this edition of ‎‎Baqytty Bala‎‎, being in a brilliant second position. Throughout the week, the young Valencian has dazzled all the spectators of the contest with brilliant songs such as “‎‎Vivo Por Ella‎‎”, with which we met her in The Voice Kids, or “‎‎La Forza‎‎”, by the Eurovision ‎‎Elina Nechayeva‎‎. As we have seen through the official profiles of the singer, it has been a peerless experience and from which great memories and unforgettable moments are taken.‎


As confirmed to ‎‎ESCPlus‎‎ by sources close to the artist, the decision of the public broadcaster ‎‎Khabar‎‎ to link the ‎‎Baqytty Bala‎‎ festival with the election of the Kazakh representative of ‎‎Junior Eurovision‎‎ has been a ‎‎surprise‎‎ for the participants. Apparently, ‎‎many of the contestants were unaware of the news until final gala’s morning‎‎, at which point the Khabar Agency made the decision public. However, ‎‎Melani Garcia‎‎ would not have been able to participate in this edition of ‎‎Junior Eurovision‎‎, since she exceeds the ‎‎age limit‎‎ established in the regulations.‎


‎The ‎‎Baqytty Bala‎‎ (Happy Child) children’s music festival arrives one more edition at the ‎‎Cultural Center ‎‎of the Kazakh city of ‎‎Aktobe‎‎, consolidating itself as one of the ‎‎artistic events‎‎ of the area throughout its last editions. Promoted by the world-renowned singer ‎‎Dimash‎‎ and devised by his fan club, the music festival seeks to create an unparalleled space to bring together the greatest children’s talents of the globe, motivating‎‎ cooperation, collaboration, friendship and companionship‎‎ between them. As the organization assures, the goal of the contest is not to win, but to make great friends and ‎‎have fun‎‎.‎

Press conference to present the Baqytty Bala 2022 (Image: Dimash News)‎

‎The contest, held annual, is traditionally developed in the ‎‎summer period‎‎ to take advantage of the good climate of the area, which hosts numerous ‎‎games, events and outdoor activities‎‎ so that the contestants feel like real stars and take advantage of their time through the contest to make friends and have fun, the true purpose of the project. The event also manages to mobilize year after year 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 ‎‎more than 200 applications‎‎, try to impress a panel of experts who ultimately select a festival winner, at the end of ‎‎Baqytty Bala’s‎‎ 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 an ‎‎eighth place‎‎ that 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 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. The Karen Demirchyan Complex will host the show where various artists aged between 9 and 14 from different countries in Europe will fight to take the prized crystal microphone, a trophy that accredits the victory in the contest.


The organization of the show by the Armenian public television ARMTV comes after the victory of Malena and her song “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, that promises to be more special than ever given that this 2022 celebrates its 20th anniversary. It will not be the first time that Armenia organizes an edition of the Junior Eurovision, having had the opportunity to do so in 2011, also at the Karen Demirchyan Complex.


There are 16 European televisions that have already confirmed their participation in the festival so far, however, the ambition and efforts of the organization predicts a greater final number of participants, with the aim that this twentieth edition of the children’s contest being remembered as one of the most spectacular in its history.

‎Also, we already know the identity of ‎‎4‎‎ of the ‎‎participants‎‎ who will take the stage of the contest this December, ‎‎all of them will reveal their song over the next few months‎‎:‎

  • Georgia – Mariam Bigvava 
  • ‎Kazakhstan – David Charlin‎
  • ‎North Macedonia – Lara and Irina ‎
  • Portugal – Nicolas Alves
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