Yerzhan Maxim from Kazakhstan took part in Sanremo Junior 2017, just months ahead of his Slavianski Bazaar participation.
Yerzhan Maxim from Uralsk, Kazakhstan participating Sanremo Junior 2017 and performing alongside dozens of children aged between 6 and 15 years old from across the globe. Sanremo Junior is an annual singing contest held in Italy, based upon the famous Sanremo Music Festival. The competition has been a launching platform for the winner of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2013, Gaia Cauchi.
To date the following young performers have been announced as participating in the children’s contest at Slavianski Bazaar 2017:
- Belarus – Mariya Magilnaya
- Bulgaria – Sesil Alper
- Estonia – Beatriche Khuber
- Latvia – Liene Zegele
- Lithuania – Alana Sport
- Macedonia – Marija Spasovska
- Malta – Martina Cutajar
- Moldova – Maria Cazarinov
- Romania – Paul Mititelu
- Ukraine – Anna Komyakova
Kazakhstan has won the Children’s Contest at Slavianski Bazaar once. In 2015 the night before Dimash Kudaibergen was crowned the winner of the International Pop Song Performers Contest, Luiza Nurkuatava won the Children’s 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.