Back in September, Elizaveta Misnikova was selected to represent Belarus at Junior Eurovision 2019 in Gliwice-Silesia, Poland. Her win caused some controversy. With that behind her, the official video for her entry – “Pepelny (Ashen)” – has been released!
Belarus’ selection for Junior Eurovision took place back in September. The shows was hosted by Andrey Makaenok and Helena Meraai, who represented the country at the 2017 contest and hosted the 2018 contest. The result was determined by 50% jury voting and 50% public voting.
Elizaveta Misnikova won the selection with her song “Pepelnyy” (‘Ash’), beating 9 other finalists. She came second in both the jury vote and the public vote, receiving 20 points overall. This caused some controversy, as the fan favourite Mariya Yermakova only received 6 points from the jury having won the televote.
With the contest itself taking place next month, Elizaveta and the Belarusian team are putting the controversy behind them. Along with said controversy, Elizaveta is also dropping some letters from her name; for the purpose of the contest, she is going by ‘Liza’.
You can watch the official video below:
Junior Eurovision 2019
This year’s Junior Eurovision Song Contest will be held in the Gliwice Arena, Poland, on the 24th November 2019. Excitingly, it marks the first time Poland will host a music-based Eurovision event! Last year, Roksana Węgiel brought Poland its first Eurovision-adjacent win with “Anyone I Want To Be”. Roksana has since been announced to be hosting the contest, along with Ida Nowakowska and Aleksander Sikora.
The following nineteen countries have confirmed their participation, and all have now revealed their entries!
- North Macedonia
Like last year, online voting will return for the 2019 contest. From Friday 22nd November, fans will have around 48 hours to watch clips of the performances and vote based on these. After watching these previews, you can vote for a minimum of three, and a maximum of five songs. Much like last year, fans from participating countries can vote for their own country. Voting of round 1 will close before the contest begins on Sunday 24th November. Round 2 of voting will open once all the acts have performed at the final itself.
Belarus in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest
Belarus was one of the 16 countries to debut at the inaugural edition of the contest in 2003. They placed fourth with the song “Tantsui” by Volha Satsiuk. They are also one of the only countries to participate in every Junior Eurovision Song Contest. The country has won twice, in 2005 with Ksenia Sitnik’s “My Vmeste” and in 2007 with Alexey Zhigalkovich’s “S Druz’yami.” Belarus hosted the Junior Eurovision Song Contest in 2010 in and 2018, both times in Minsk Arena. Their host entry for the 2018 edition was “Time” by Daniel Yastremski, which placed 11th in a field of 20 with 114 points. Daniel placed 10th in the jury vote with 61 points and 10th in the online vote with 53 points. However, at 11th overall, this was the first time Belarus has placed outside of the top ten since 2004 when they finished 14th.
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