Zlata Ognevich, Ukraine’s representative for the Eurovision Song Contest 2013, has been announced as the host for the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2013, along with TV presenter Timur Miroshnychenko.
Zlata Ognevich is best known for reaching the third place in last year’s ESC in Malmö with her song “Gravity”. Ognevich, who is a soloist for the Ensemble of Song and Dance of the Ukrainian Armed Forces, attempted to enter Eurovision for Ukraine in 2010 and 2011 previously, but only got her chance on the main stage in 2013. Zlata follows the footsteps of former Ukrainian Eurovision contestant Ani Lorak, who hosted the 2009 Junior Eurovision Song Contest in Kiev.
Timur Miroshnychenko is a television presenter who had previously hosted JESC in 2009 with Ani Lorak. Miroshnychenko has also been the commentator for Ukraine’s broadcast of the Eurovision Song Contest since 2007.
This year’s Junior Eurovision theme, “Be Creative”, has also been announced, reflecting Ukraine’s 2013 Year of Children’s Creativity.
“Ukraine has so many gifted children and people who are always willing to show the beauty and richness of Ukrainian culture through their dances, songs, paintings,” said Zlata Ognevich in an interview junioreurovison.tv. “What we can show our guests is our big heart, our hospitality and our talent. I think that ’Be creative!’ perfectly reflects us.”
Junior Eurovision 2013 will be held in the Palace “Ukraine” in Kiev on November 30.
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