MINSK, 3 September (BelTA) – Daniel Yastremsky will represent Belarus at the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2018, BelTA has learned.
He won the national selection with his act Time. The final stage of the national selection was broadcast live by Belarus 1 and Belarus 24 TV channels and was available on the official website of the media holding www.tvr.by.
The winner was decided by a mix of jury votes and televotes. TV viewers gave Daniel 12 scores, though the jury did not place him that high. However, he was the best in the overall standing. He was given a special prize – the crystal heart.
Daniel is 14 years old. He was born in Cincinnati, but lives and studies in Minsk where he attended a music school.
The young singer had already taken part in several TV shows and contests, like Ukraine's Got Talent, New Wave Junior, and participated in the casting for the Voice. Kids show (Russia). Daniel had studied at the Igor Krutoi Academy. Prior to the national final he had a real promo tour across Belarus.
Belarus has been participating in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest since its inception in 2003. The first Belarusian to take to the stage of the Junior Eurovision was Olga Satsyuk. Our country won the contest twice: in 2005 (Ksenia Sitnik) and in 2007 (Aleksei Zhigalkovich). Last year Belarus' Helena Meraai took the fifth place.
The Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2018 will be held in Minsk on 25 November. This year the contest in Belarus will welcome 20 countries, which is the highest number of the participating countries in the history of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest.
The organizer and coordinator of all events of the Junior Eurovision 2018 is the Belarusian State TV and Radio Company that is Belarus' only member of the European Broadcasting Union.