Russia: The 12 finalists of the Junior Eurovision 2021 final determined

Russia: The 12 finalists of the Junior Eurovision 2021 final determined

The 12 finalists for the Russian national final for Junior Eurovision 2021 have been determined. 

Through a national semi-final for Junior Eurovision 2021 that took place in the last days  of September by the Igor Krutoy Academy with the support of the federal public family TV channel Karusel, which are the official organizers of the national selection for the Junior Eurovision Song Contest in Russia, the 12 acts to compete in the national final were selected.

A total of 65 young acts from all over Russia participated in the semi-final phase. A professional jury listened to 69 songs (as one can could submit more than one entry). Among the participants in the semifinals were winners and participants of other international music competitions and television shows. 

12 songs were shorlisted with their performers to compete in the National Final of the Junior Eurovision , which will be held on October 26 in Moscow. The final winner and next Russian representative will be determined by Internet voting and the votes of a professional jury, which will be formed by established personalities from Russian show business and representatives of other creative professions.

The 12 finalists

The 12 acts that made it to the final show of the Russian JESC selection are:

  1. Polina Etchik (Moscow), 
  2. The OCHECHI group (Milana Ilyukhina, Karina Shigapova, Amina Agliullina, Dinara Khametova (Kazan),
  3. Tanya Mezhentseva (Moscow), 
  4. The trio Lol & Pop (Ryana Ibatullina, Ralina Ibraeva, Samina Alieva (Kazan), 
  5. Andrey Drobyshev (Novocherkassk, Rostov region), 
  6. Nikita Varentsov (Yaroslavl), 
  7. Maria Gulevich (Samara), 
  8. Murad Khushlaev (Makhachkala ), 
  9. Sofia Fomenko (Podolsk, Moscow region), 
  10. Elizaveta Trofimova (Moscow), 
  11. Yulia Gavrilova (the village of Kinel-Cherkassy, ​​Samara region), 
  12. Tania Sania (Cherkessk).

Among the finalists is Tanya Mezhentseva who represented the country at Junior Eurovision 2019 in Gliwice-Silesia, Poland alongside with  Denberel Oorzak singing “A Time For Us”

The Russian national final of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2021 will be aired by the federal public family TV channel Karusel on October 30 at 18:00 CET.


Russia participated first time in the contest in 2005 and has remarkable results as they have finished in all editions in the top 10 places.  The country topped the scoreboard twice in the competition , in 2006 and 2019. Last year the country was represented in Gliwice by Tatyana Mezhentseva and Denberel Oorzhak with the song “A Time For Us”  which finished in the 13th place with 72 points.

Last year, Sofia Feskova won the national selection and represented the country in Warsaw with her song ‘My New Day’ which finished 10th with 88 points in total. 

News Source: JESC Russia


Angelo D.

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