Amina Zhapar will represent Kazakhstan at New Wave Junior 2017 in just under two months time in Artek, Crimea.

Amina Zhapar has been selected to represented Kazakhstan at the 10th edition of New Wave Junior at end of May. The singer won Ayalaғan Astana last weekend, in which she received the highest score out of any participate, with 49 out of a possible 50 points. Amina is from the town of Taiynsha in the North Kazakhstan region of the country.

The ten-year old singer dedicated her performance to her two-year old sister who is currently battling with an illness. Her sister was born with a brain defect and is currently being cared for by her mother who also attended the show last weekend to support her daughter.

Ayalaғan Astana is being held this year for the fifth time and is open to singers aged between 7 and 13 years old. Kazakhstan has competed in every edition of New Wave Junior since it was first held in 2008. At the first contest in 2008 Kazakhstan was declared joint winners alongside Belarus. Since then the country has finished third twice and has been awarded the People’s Choice Award once.

Source: Tengri News

New Wave Junior was held for the first time in 2008 and is the children’s version of New Wave. The competition is open to singers under the age of 12 years. Over 30 countries have participated in the contest since it was first held with Ukraine the most successful country in the contest to date. Former winners include Eurovision winners, Gaia Cauchi, Sofia Tarasova and Anastasiya Petryk.