Ukraine has selected their singer who will represent them at the Children’s Contest at the 26th edition of Slavianski Bazaar in Vibetsk, Belarus.
Anna Komyakova were selected yesterday in Kyiv, Ukraine to represent the country in the Children’s Contest at Slavianski Bazaar 2017. Anna has previously taken part in The Voice Kids Ukraine in 2015, at the time she was just seven years old and opened the second series of the competition. In the Battle Rounds she performed a cover of Jamala’s Eurovision 2011 selection song “Smile”.
In the Children’s Contest Ukraine is one of eight countries to have won the competition since it was first held in 2003. In 2014 Anastasia Boginskaya won the Children’s Contest, she was followed in second place by the Belarusian entrant. Last year Ukraine was represented by 10 year old Katerynu Manuzynu from Belaya Tserkov.
To date Ukraine has won Slavianski Bazaar at total of four times making them the second most successful country in the history of the International Pop Song Performers Contest. The last Ukrainian singer to win the contest was Natalya Krasnyanskaya in 2007, prior to her victory the country’s most recent victory came with Ruslana in 1996. Ruslana went on to win the Eurovision Song Contest in 2004 with her song “Wild Dances”, she remains one of the biggest stars in Ukraine and has toured across the globe.
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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.