With only a few days left to go, preparations are currently in full swing for the Belarusian national final for the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2017.
The contestants are currently rehearsing at the Belteleradiocompany studios in Minsk, where they are sharpening their vocal skills and working on their stage presentations. Both the studio and television audiences are being promised a memorable show with lots of surprises along the way.
Last year’s Belarusian representative, Alexander Minyonok, will open the show with his Junior Eurovision entry “Muzyka moikh pobed”. He will also perform another song during the show. As part of the interval, some performers who did not proceed to the live final, but were noted by the selection jury for the high level of their songs.
Returning to host the show again are Teo and Olga Ryzhikova, presenters of “Dobrai ranitsy, Belarus!” (Good Morning Belarus!). Teo also represented Belarus in the Eurovision Song Contest 2014, finishing 16th in the final with his own composition “Cheesecake”.
The show will take place on August 25 at 18:00 CET. The show will be broadcast on Belarus 1, Belarus 24 and online on the Belteleradiocompany website at http://www.tvr.by/. A studio jury (50%) and public voting (50%) will decide who will represent Belarus at the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2017 in Tblisi on November 26. The participants are:
- Khelena Meraai – Ya samaja
- Anastasiya Timofeyevich – Volshebniy svet
- Ruslana Panchishina – Tantsui so mnoy
- Elina Mataras – Ty reshaesh sam
- Yaroslav Sokolikov – Okean
- Stefaniya Sokolova – Mama
- Arina Pekhtereva & Anastasia Dmitrachkova – Muzyka-Vselennaja
- 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) – Prodolzhay idti
- Mariya Zhilina – Vyshei
- Anastasiya Zhabko – Letim k mechtam
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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.