Karakat Bashanova won the Kazakhstani national final and will represent the country at the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2020. She will perform the song ‘Forever’ on 29th November.
A total of 700 candidates applied to compete at the Kazakhstani national selection for this year’s Junior Eurovision. Then, a jury panel selected 30 performers that competed at the second stage of the contest, which took place online. The public via online voting and the professional jury panel decided the 12 finalists:
- Islam Saipolda – Otan
- Ajkerim Tleubek – Winner
- Kamila Gazizkyzy – Zheteleydi Arman
- Jean Makim – Brave Heart
- Nurshat Kusanоva – Tugan Zher
- Saniya Altynbekkyzy – Omir Beles
- Mahinur Tursunоva – Uly Dalanlyn Aueni
- Aydana Zhumazhan – Heal The World
- Akzhibek Manarbekkyzy – Zher-Ana
- Adiya Burhanоva – Muza
- Karakat Bashanоva – Forever
- Aiym Mukitanova – Celebrate
At the final, the 12 candidates performed original songs written specifically for them by national composers selected by the broadcaster.
The Kazakhstani winner was selected by the public via SMS or phone. The jury panel of the Kazakhstani national selection was made up of the following members:
- Bagym Mukhitdenova – Music producer.
- Khamit Shangaliev – Music producer, composer, sound producer and arranger.
- Yerlan Bekchurin – Sound producer.
- Zanar Dugalova – Winner of “Turkvision” (2014).
- AMRE – Winner of “Slavianski Bazaar” (2018).
- Dinaya – Runner-up of “New Wave” (2015).
- ZaQ – Lead singer of Ninety One group.
- Indira Edilbaeva – Superfinalists of “The Voice of Ukraine” (2020).