The 2018 edition of Junior Eurovision is only a mere 5 days away now! We started our journey through this year’s 20 participating countries Junior Eurovision journeys back in July. Now only one country is left and our final journey takes us to this year’s host nation: Belarus!
- Country: Belarus
- Broadcaster: BTRC
- Debut appearance: 2003
- Number of appearances: 16
- Highest finish: 1st (2005, 2007)
- Lowest finish: 14th (2004)
Back to the very beginning
Belarus made their Junior Eurovision debut back in 2003 in the very first edition of the show. It was Volha Statsiuk who had the honour of being the first ever Belarusian representative at the contest. In Copenhagen, she sang her song “Tantsui” and finished the evening in a very respectable 4th place with 103 points.
Belarus’s Journey so far
Belarus, together with The Netherlands, hold the record for most appearances at the contest, having not missing out on a single contest. The country also successfully hosted the contest in 2010 in Minsk Arena, the same venue of the 2018 show. Throughout their participation, they have enjoyed excellent results. In fact, they only missed out on placing in the top 10 on one occasion, in 2004 when they came 14th. Belarus emerged victorious at the contest twice in 2005 with Ksenia Sitnik and in 2007 with Alexey Zhigalkovich. Besides that, they also also placed second once in 2006 with Andrey Kunets in 2006 and third twice in 2011 with Lidiya Zablotskaya and 2013 with Ilya Volkov. In 2017, Helena Meerai came in a very respectable 5th place with her song “I am the One“. Can this year’s entrant keep us Belarus’s very strong record at the contest?
Looking ahead to 2018
This year, it is 14-year-old Daniel Yastremskiy who has the honour to represent Belarus on home soil. On Sunday, he will be singing his song in Russian and English called “Time“. He defeated the competition of 9 other candidates during a national final stage.
My favourite Belarusian entry!
Prior to writing this article, I only knew their 2 winning entries. Actually, I knew of Alexey from before Junior Eurovision as in 2005 he sang a song in an Italian children singing competition I avidly followed. I listened to all the songs and there are quite a few I liked. Picking my favourite wasn’t easy, but eventually Ilya Volkov’s 2013 entry “Poy so mnoy” emerged as my favorite.
I have to admit I was a bit worried he hadn’t done well at the contest as I tend to have weird favourites, both at the adult and Junior contests. Thus, I was relieved to see he had come third! I love the song from the first note. I really dig thus uptempo mixed with folky vibes. Can we talk about the dance moves? They are awesome. I also really really like his charisma and fierce look on stage. However, I would have loved it even more if the outfits were different as they feel a bit out of place in my opinion. But regardless of that, this song is solidly my winner and would love to see llya at the adult contest in the near future!
- F.Y.R. Macedonia
- The Netherlands
And this article wraps up our Junior Eurovision feature! We started our tour back in July with FYR Macedonia and ends today with Belarus. I hope you enjoyed this journey with us as we did and thank you for joining us! For me it was a pleasure to get to know the contest, being a very new fan.
Make sure you check ESCXTRA regularly this week as Ryan, Nathan and myself will be reporting live from Minsk and bring you closer to Junior Eurovision!
See you next year for this feature’s 2019 edition!
My favourite is 2013, but what is your favourite Belarusian entry at Junior Eurovision? How do you like their 2018 entry?
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