Lisbon 2018

Belarus to use a national final to select its Eurovision representative for 2018

The Belarusian broadcaster BTRC have announced that a national selection will take place to select the representative of Belarus in the upcoming Eurovision Song Constest in Lisbon next year.
As reported earlier Belarus has confirmed participation in Lisbon. Now the broadcaster has also confirmed the way that Belarus will select their entry: that being a national final.
BTRC have not yet set specific dates for the national selection, but Belarus is usually one of the first countries to organize a national final which often take place around in January.

Belarus in Eurovision

Belarus has participated in the Eurovision Song Contest 14 times since making its debut in 2004.
The country’s greatest result to date has been a 6th place with Dmitry Koldun back in 2007 with “Work your magic”. The song was composed by Dimitris Kontopoulos and Philip Kirkorov!
Since the debut of Belarus in Eurovision, their results have been rather poor with few exceptions, having qualified only 5 times in 14 participations.
Last year Naviband represented Belarus with their folkloric happy clappy song “Historyja majho žyccia”. They qualified and then achieved 17th place with 83 points in the final. The duo was the first act from Belarus to actually sing their entry entirely in Belarusian. However all their previous entries had been sung in English.
As a result of managing to qualify to the final with a song in Belarusian after few years of non-qualifications, and recently Portugal’s victory in Portuguese, it shouldn’t come as a surprise if artists submit more entries in Belarusian for the upcoming national final.
Below you can watch Belarus “Historyja majho žyccia” from this year’s Eurovision in Kiev.

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