Yesterday, the Belarusian broadcaster released the details of their upcoming selection for Junior Eurovision Song Contest, which is due to take place in Tblisi in November.
In order to be eligible for the selection, the applicants must meet a number of requirements. BTRC is accepting applications until June 30, 2017.
- You need to be between 9 and 14 years old at the day of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest.
- You have to be a Belarusian citizen. People who have been living permanently in Belarus for over 2.5 years may also apply to represent Belarus.
- The song must be sung in Belarusian or Russian. It is allowed to have a maximum of 40% of your song in a language other than that.
- You must not have performed the song publically or released it commercially before May 1, 2017.
- The participant (or their legal guardians) must be the copyright owner of the song.
A jury will select the tenparticipants before July 7th and announce them around the same time. The eventual national final will then take place sometime before September 16th. The final will be a televised show, where juries and televoters will pick their entrant for Tblisi.
Belarus in Junior Eurovision
Belarus is one of the most successful nations in the history of Junior Eurovision. In 2005, Ksenia Setnik won the contest with the song “My vmeste”. No sooner than two years later, Alexey Zhigalkovich repeated the feat with his song “S druz’yami”.
Belarus also has a second place finish and two third places since their 2003 debut. Last year, Alexander Minyonok represented Belarus. He performed “Musyka Moikh Pobed” and finished in seventh place. Georgia’s Mariam Mamadashvili won the contest, taking us to Tblisi for this year’s contest.