The finalists in Belarus’ selection process for the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2017 in Tbilisi, Georgia have been announced.
Following three hours of auditions this afternoon in Belarus, a jury has announced the names of the singers competing in this years selection process. In total 45 singers including eight groups submitted songs to compete in the selection, with a total of 48 songs being performed this afternoon in Minsk. The jury was allowed to select up to ten acts to take part in the final of Belarus’ selection.
The finalists are:
- Ruslana Panchishina
- Khelena Meraai
- Stefaniya Sokolova
- Anastasiya Zhabko
- Kvartet Natsional’nogo tsentra detskogo tvorchestva im.V.Mulyavina (Quartet of the National Center for Children’s Creativity named after V. Mulyavin – Formed of Maksim Tsuprikov, Angelina Lomako, Stefaniya Kruglaya and Stefaniya Sokolova)
- Mariya Zhilina
- Ariny Pekhterevoy & Anastasii Dmitrachkovoy
- Yaroslav Sokolikov
- Anastasiya Timofeyevich
- Elina Mataras
On the jury who selected the finalists were;
- Eduard Zaritsky – People’s Artist of Belarus, First Deputy Chairman of the Board of the Belarusian Union of Composers
- Gennady Markevich – Composer
- Iskui Abalyan – Singer
- Sergei Andrianov – PR Manager
- Tatiana Parkhamovich – Consultant at the Professional Art Department of the Belarusian Culture Ministry
- Olga Salamakha – Deputy Director of the TV channel Belarus 1
- Uzari – Represented Belarus at the Eurovision Song Contest 2015
Belarus is one of a number of countries who will used a televised selection process to select their participant in this years contest. Also confirmed so far as using a televised selection are, Albania, Ireland, Malta, Netherlands and Ukraine. While Russia has already selected their entry for this years contest in Georgia.
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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.