About the show
After two years away from the ‘Eurofest’ format, Belarus returns to their standard national final format. This year the show contains 15 acts who will battle it out on December 21st for one of five spots in the final, which will take place on January 28th. Interestingly, the songs the acts will be singing may not (and if history is a good indicator, probably will not) be the songs they will sing in the final of Eurofest. This year sees a few familiar Eurofest names return (Such as Aura and Gunesh) and even 2011 participant Anastasiya Vinnikova hoping for a second participation in a row.
Previous EuroFest participants Gunesh and Litesound were among the five contestants to qualify from the semi final for the final taking place in early 2012, the other three being Alyona Lanskaya, Uzari and Victoria Aleshko.
The winner was eventually declared as Alyona Lanskaya, a 25 year old singer from Mogilev, Belarus. She won the EuroFest final with her song ‘All My Life’ however has since stated she wishes to change the song.
Belarus in the 2011 Eurovision Song Contest
Belarus was represented at the 2011 Eurovision song contest by Anastasiya Vinnikova with the song ‘I Love Belarus’. Anastasiya was selected internally by BTRC, initially to sing the song ‘Born in Bielorussia’. When it was discovered that this song had been released too early, the lyrics were changed to ‘I Am Belarussian‘ before it was realised a whole new song would need to be picked. Despite an exciting performance in Düsseldorf, Anastasiya’s patriotism was not shared by those abroad and Belarus finished 14th in the second semi-final, failing to qualify.Interviews with
Semi-final, December 21