A total of 13 artists have been selected from today’s auditions in Minsk to go through to the countries Eurovision 2017 selection final.
13 artists have been selected to go through to the final of Belarus’ selection for the Eurovision Song Contest 2017. Today saw a total of 67 artists perform the for jury in Minsk who selected the 13 artists going through to the final. Among the 13 selected artists are the returning singers such as Group Navi, Nuteki and Napoli who have all previously attempted to represent Belarus at the Eurovision Song Contest. Also selected to go through to the final is former participant of “Golos” in Russia, Vadim Kapustin.
The finalists are:
- Aleksandra Tkach – Be stronger
- KATTIE (Yekaterina Rudnitskaya) – Wild Wind
- Vladislav Kurasov – Follow the Play
- Group NAVI – Historyja majho žyccia
- Angelica Pushnova – We Should Be Together
- Isaak Nightingale (Vadim Kapustin) – On The Red Line
- Anastasiya Sheverenko – We’ll Be Together
- July (Yuliya Korenyuk) – Children of the World
- Nuteki – Take My Heart
- Napoli – Let’s Come Together
- Lermont ‘n’ Julic – Heartbeat
- Group PROvokatsiya – #MYLOVE
- Nikita Hodas – Voice in my Head
On the jury who selected the finalists were; Olga Salamakha, Inna Mardusevich, Elena Treschinskaya, Dmitry Dolgolev, Oleg Averin, Ludmila Kutz, Sergei Andrianov, Mikhail Revutsky and Evgeny Perlin.
Interest in this years selection in Belarus was down over 2016 when a total of 91 songs were submitted for the contest. Submissions were received from Belarus, Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, Turkmenistan, United States as well as Nigerian national residing in Minsk. Belarus has yet to announce the date their final will be held on, however they have stated it will be held before January 25.
Belarus debuted in the Eurovision Song Contest in 2004 and has made it to the final on four occasions. For the past two years Belarus has failed to make it through to the final of the Eurovision Song Contest, this year IVAN finished 12th in the second semi final, 21 points away from qualification. Belarus’ best result in the contest came in 2007 when Dmitry Koldun finished 6th in the final with a total of 145 points.