Tonight the first of two nights of the International Children’s Music Contest at Slavianski Bazaar gets underway in Vitebsk.

Twenty one singers from across the world will be taking to the stage tonight in Vitebsk tonight, for the first night of the International Children’s Music Contest at Slavianski Bazaar 2017. From the United States to Kyrgyzstan young singers aged between seven and twelve years old will be performing.

Today will see the young performers taking to the stage with a song from their country. The song must be in the language of their country and written by a composer from that country. Their performance will be scored by a panel of judges. Each judge will allocate the performers between 5 to 10 points based on their performance. The judges scores will be combined to create an overall score for the first night.

The first night of the contest will be opened by 8 year-old Helene from Georgia, while the final singer to take to the stage will be Maria Cazarinov from Moldova.

Competing in the International Children’s Music Contest are:

  • Armenia – Erik Mkrtchyan
  • Belarus – Maria Magilnaya
  • Bosnia & Herzegovina – Ana Spasojević
  • Bulgaria – Cecil
  • Cuba – Erika Hernandez Gonzalez
  • Estonia – Vladislav Odintsov
  • Finland – Diana
  • Georgia – Elene
  • Greece – Sofia Ioannidou
  • Israel – Tali Kuper
  • Italy – Raphael
  • Kazakhstan – Yerzhan Maxim
  • Kyrgyzstan – Shamil Kyyazov
  • Latvia – Liene Zegele
  • Lithuania – Alana
  • Macedonia – Marija Spasovski
  • Malta – Martina Cutajar
  • Moldova – Maria Cazarinov
  • Russia – Ekaterina Kretova
  • Ukraine – Hanna Komiakova
  • United States – David

The competition will be broadcast on delay tomorrow from 18:00 CET, you can watch the contest on Belarus 3 here.

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.