Ruslana who is representing Belarus at the Bala Turkvision Song Contest has given her first performance of her song for the contest.

Ruslana performed “Benim adim güneş” for the first time in her hometown of Baranovichi. The song was performed at a New Years Concert in the town, and according to reports her performance received a loud applause from the gathered audience. No recording of the performance is freely available online.

The 12-year-old singer was born in the city of Baranovichi in Western Belarus and has been singing since she was a small girl. Ruslana has been learning to dance since she was three years old and got into performing music as part of a group in Baranovichi. She has won prizes and awards for her performances in local competitions in the city.

Belarus was one of 13 countries and regions to participate in the first edition of the Bala Turkvizyon Song Contest in 2015. The country was represented by Fateh Huseyin with the song “Usaqlarin Seheri” (The City of Children). At the contest in Istanbul Belarus finished in 11th place with a total of 90 points, the country received the maximum 10 points from Azerbaijan and Georgia.

To date the following countries and regions have selected their participants for the Bala Turkvision Song Contest:

  • Azerbaijan – Aydan Ilxasade
  • Belarus – Ruslana
  • Crimea – Regina Vosika
  • Kumyk – Karim Salavatov
  • Romania – Alessya Duran Selma
  • Stavropol Krai – Madina Kartakeyva
  • Ukraine – Lyudmila Bazadzhi
The Bala Turkvision Song Contest was first held in 2015. The contest is the children’s version of the Turkvision Song Contest. Participants in the contest must be aged between 8 and 15 and perform their song in a Turkic language. The winner of the contest is decided by a jury made up one person representing each competing country. The winner of the first contest were Azerbaijan who were represented by Nuray & Ahmed and the song “Cocukluk Yillari”