As we continue our Countdown To Tbilisi, we turn our attention to Ukraine, Host Country of the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest. Anastasiya Baginska will represent Ukraine in Junior Eurovision 2017 with the song 'Don’t Stop'.
Anastasiya was born in Kyiv in 2005 and at the age of four she started humming melodies and singing songs from her favourite cartoons and commercials. Now she is studying acting, singing, voice-training, dance and other contemporary arts at the Katapulta Art Music School in Kyiv.
Anastasiya sings in four languages; Ukrainian, Russian, English and Dutch. She performed on stage for the first time and took the second prize at the age of five. Since then she has become the first prize winner at various national and international vocal contests.
In 2014 Anastasiya participated in The Voice Kids which gave a huge boost to her performing career. She has also performed alongside Ukrainian Eurovision Song Contest winner Jamala at both her solo concert and in a special arrangement of her song 1944 which was performed at Eurovision 2017.
Anastasiya was the face of a special promotional video about Ukraine, Come to Ukraine to Celebrate Diversity, created for the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest. It was a 30-second video with shots made in the most picturesque places of Ukraine.
Anastasiya is learning to play the piano, likes to sing, dance, read, draw, roller-blade and skateboard. She adores travelling, resting at the seaside and visiting the Carpathian mountains together with her family and friends. Anastasiya’s favourite holidays are her birthday and New Year. Anastasiya’s song Don’t Stop is about children’s dreams and the way to achieve them. In the performance, each detail will be carefully outlined so that every child and grown-up could understand and embrace the things happening on the stage.
At the Junior Eurovision Song Contest Anastasiya wants to meet and make friends with other contestants and perhaps get to know the musical culture of their countries through them.