Ruslan Aslanov: our guy in Sofia
Junior Eurovision jury admit this year’s finals of national selective round to be among the most contentious — with seven soloists, one duo and two bands taking part
The professional musical jury and TV viewers were unanimous in choosing Ruslan Aslanov, 13, to represent our country in Bulgaria’s Sofia in November. Signing Magic, the young artiste will compete in the Eurovision-2015 Junior International Musical Contest.
Ruslan is no novice on stage, having first competed in the selection round in 2013, reaching the top ten. His second attempt earned him the greatest number of points and a clear victory. Meanwhile, TV viewers will remember Ruslan from the Children’s New Wave competition of 2014, in which he was placed third. The young singer also reached the finals of Ukraine’s Voice children’s contest, having been coached by Tina Karol.
Ruslan admits that he values all victories, saying, “I don’t distinguish some as being more important than others. I prepare for each as if it were my last chance. Before singing, I always speak in my thoughts to the person, very close to me, who is, unfortunately, not with me at the time. However, I know that this person is helping me. I devote this song to all those who need to harness a belief in magic.”
Ruslan admits that he’d love to duo with Yuri Vashchuk, who represented Belarus in the 2014 adult Eurovision contest (most widely known as Teo). “I’d ask him whether he really can bake a cheesecake as wonderfully as he sings about it,” Ruslan smiles.
People’s Artiste of Russia Edgard Zapashny was among the first to offer advice to Ruslan. He visited the Belarusian TV and Radio Company studio to support young artistes during their rehearsals and urged them to relax, embrace a feeling of confidence and enjoy themselves, regardless of the outcome, while ‘coming on stage as winners’.
By the way
Belarus has been taking part in Junior Eurovision since its establishment in 2003. Olga Satsyuk was the first Belarusian participant and, so far, our country has celebrated two wins: by Ksenia Sitnik (We Are Together) in 2005, and by Alexey Zhigalkovich (Friends) in 2007. Last year, Nadezhda Misyakova was placed seventh for Falcon.
By Yuliana Leonovich