Belarus has confirmed their participation in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2017, taking them to their 15th Junior Eurovision contest.

Belarus will be competing in the 15th edition of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest in November 2017. The National State Television and Radio Company of the Republic of Belarus confirmed today that they will be participating in next years Junior Eurovision Song Contest. Belarus is one of two countries to have participated in every edition of the contest alongside the Netherlands.

No details have been announced to date regarding the way in which Belarus will select their participant. Belarus has never internally selected their participant for the contest, instead opting to select their countries entrant through a televised selection.

To date three countries have confirmed their participation in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2017, these countries are:

  • Belarus
  • Cyprus
  • Russia

The host country of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2017 has yet to be decided. Georgia as of the end of November was in discussion as to whether they will host next years contest, other countries interested in hosting had until December 15th to submit their bids. Georgia won the 14th edition of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest in Malta in 2016, they have thus been given first refusal as to whether they will be hosting next years contest. Previous announcements of the host city have come between December and January.

Source: TVR

Belarus was one of 16 countries to participate in the first edition of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest in 2003. Since then they have gone on to be one of the most successful countries in the contest, with two victories to date. Belarus’ first victory came in 2005, while the latest came in 2007. Belarus was represented by Alexey Zhigalkovich in 2007 with the song “S druz’yami”, he won the contest by just 1 point. To date only one of the countries fourteen entries in the contest has placed outside of the top.10.