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Belarus: Launches Junior Eurovision 2017 Selection

BTRC has today launched Belarus’ selection process for the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2017, with song submissions now open.

Singers aged between 9 and 14 years old and being invited to take part in Belarus’ selection process for Junior Eurovision 2017 in Tbilisi, Georgia. For the 15th time Belarus will hold a televised selection process to select their participant for the Junior Eurovision Song Contest.

The rules of the selection are as follows:

  • Songs must be performed in Belarusian or Russian, and can include up to 40% of the lyrics being performed in English
  • Songs can only be written by Belarusian citizens or individuals who have lived in Belarus for a period of at least two and a half years
  • Songs cannot have been released before May 1, 2017
  • No more than six people can perform on stage

Those wishing to submit a song have until June 30th to submit the required paperwork to the Belarusian national broadcaster. Once all of the songs have been received a jury will listen to all of the songs and select between seven and ten participants for the televised final. The finalists will be announced no later than July 7.

The final of Belarus’ Junior Eurovision selection will take place no later than September 16. The winner as ever will be decided by 50% public televote and 50% jury vote. In the event of a tie the jury will vote again on the songs that are tied. In the event of a further tie the Chairman of the jury decides who will represent Belarus at the Junior Eurovision Song Contest.

Source: TVR

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Belarus debuted at the first edition of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest in 2003, and have been present at every contest since. To date, Belarus have won the contest twice – first in 2005 with Ksenia Sitnik and her song “My Vmeste”, which received 149 points, and the second time in 2007 with Alexey Zhigalkovich and his song “S Druz’yami”, which received a total of 137 points. Their worst entry came from Egor Volchek and his song “Spjavajtse So Mnoj” in 2004, which received only 9 points. Belarus have placed in the top 3 a total of 5 times to date.
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