Estonia have selected Nika Prokopjeva and Beatriche Khuber to participate in the 26th edition of Slavianski Bazaar this July in Vibetsk, Belarus.
On Sunday Estonia held their selection process for this years Slavianski Bazaar contest. The judges selected singers to compete in both the International Pop Song Performers Contest as well as the Children’s Contest. In the International Pop Song Performers Contest, Nika Prokopjeva was selected, Nika is an up and coming artist who has been performing under the name NIKA Project across Estonia. She has been singing since she was 13 years old, in recent years she has also won Golos Baltiji.
In the Children’s Contest, Beatriche Khuber was one of thirteen singers to take part in the contest from Tallinn, Navara and Valga. Beatriche is just eight years old and from the town of Valga on the border with Latvia. Despite her young age she has won a number of competitions including Bravo Turku! in Finland, she has also taken part in Laulukarusell.
Estonia has a poor record in Slavianski Bazaar having never finished within the top.4 in the International Pop Song Performers Contest in Vibetsk. In 2016 they were represented by Alisa Gaychonok at the Children’s Contest, they did not have a participant in the International Pop Song Performers Contest.
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Slavianski Bazaar has been held annually in Vibetsk, Belarus since 1992. The event consists of two competitive contests, the International Pop Song Performers Contest for singers age 18 to 31, and the Children’s Contest for those age between 7 and 12. The competition is popular in the former Soviet Union, Baltic States and the Balkans. Winners include Ruslana, Zeljko Joksimovic, Donny Montell and Alyona Lanskaya. The Children’s Contest has been held since 2003 and former winners include singers who have gone on to compete in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest. This includes former winner Ksenia Sitnik who won for Belarus in 2005.