Belarus’ Maria Magilnaya has won the 15th edition of the International Children’s Music Contest at Slavianski Bazaar 2017.

12-year-old Maria Magilnaya has been revealed as the winner of the 2017 International Children’s Music Contest at Slavianski Bazaar. The singer was revealed as the winner of the competition earlier this afternoon at a special event in Vitebsk. Maria is the first Belarusian singer to win the competition since Andrey Kunets in 2007.

The results of the competition were as follows:

  • Grand Prix – Maria Magilnaya – Belarus
  • First Prize – Erik Mkrtchyan – Armenia
  • Second Prize – Cecil (Bulgaria) & Yerzhan Maxim (Kazakhstan)
  • Third Prize – Ekaterina Kretova (Russia) & Marija Spasovski (Macedonia)

The participants from Macedonia, Georgia, Moldova, Armenia, Kyrgyzstan, Israel, the United States, Greece and Lithuania also revealed special prizes from the jury. Following her victory Mariya has received $5,000 and will perform as part of the Opening Ceremony tonight. The young singer will also meet the Belarusian President, Alexander Lukashenko.

Slavianski Bazaar has been held annually in Vitebsk, 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.