Those who know me are probably surprised that it has taken until the 30th day for me to include Anastasiya in this collection as I make no secret that I think she is an incredibly talented young singer.
Anastasiya Petryk (also known as Nastya) is a young Ukrainian singer who first came to public attention when she supported her older sister Viktoriya on the TV show Ukraine's Got Talent and the judges suggested that the 2 sisters perform a duet when she was only 8 years old. Since then she won the younger age group, 8 to 12 years, at the 2010 New Wave Junior competition, with her sister winning the older age group, and has been asked back as a guest performer every year since. At the completion of the 2011 Junior Eurovision Song Contest (JESC) Nastya was the early favourite to win the 2012 contest simply because she was now old enough to compete, this was even before applications to represent Ukraine had been opened. Nastya represented Ukraine in the 2012 JESC and won the competition with the song Nebo. She received the equal highest number of maximum votes, having received 12 points from 8 of the 12 countries and the highest ever average points (10.5 points from each country [countries award 12 points to the song they like best and 10 points to the next best song]).
Nebo is the song that Anastasiya entered in the Ukrainian preselections for the 2012 JESC. Nastya performed Nebo a little differently each time it was performed: for the audition for the Ukraine preselection; at the Ukrainian National Final; for the official CD of the 2012 JESC; and at the International Final.
The version of Nebo in this video is the one that Anastasiya performed at the International Final of the 2012 JESC. It is an incredibly compelling performance for such a tiny girl, alone on such a large stage with dry ice and wind as her only props, she hardly moves during the whole performance yet she fills the stage with her presence and the addition of any other elements would add nothing to the spectacle.
You can buy Nebo on iTunes.
You can follow Anastasiya on her Website, on Facebook, and on vKontakte. You can buy her music on iTunes.