Yeseniya Yepifantseva has been selected to represent Northern Kazakhstan at the 2016 Bala Turkvizyon selection in Kazakhstan.

Yeseniya was selected from 65 children who took part in two days of auditions in Northern Kazakhstan. In Petropavlovsk the 65 children performed for three judges who in the end decided it would be Yeseniya heading through to the semi final in November. Yeseniya has been learning to sing at a local music school where she studies pop music, she is also currently learning to speak five languages.

The next round of auditions are taking place on July 16-17 in Kokshetau.

The Bala Turkvizyon Song Contest was first held in 2015. The contest is the children’s version of the Turkvizyon 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”.