Helena Meraai has been chosen this evening in Minsk to represent Belarus at the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2017 in Tbilisi, Georgia.
Ten acts from across Belarus took to the stage this evening in Minsk, all competing to represent their country at the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2017. The winner was selected by studio jury (50%) and public voting (50%). In the end it was Helena Meraai with the song “Ya Samaja” that was selected to represent Belarus in Georgia.
Last year’s Belarusian representative, Alexander Minyonok, opened the show with his Junior Eurovision entry “Muzyka moikh pobed” and performed later on in the show as well. The interval saw some performers who did not proceed to the live final, but were noted by the selection jury for the high level of their songs also take to the stage.
The participants were:
- Helena Meraai – Ya samaja (I am) – 24 points – 1st
- Anastasiya Timofeyevich – Volshebniy svet (Magic light)
- Ruslana Panchishina – Tantsui so mnoy (Dance with me)
- Elina Mataras – Ty reshaesh sam (You decide for yourself)
- Yaroslav Sokolikov – Okean (Ocean)
- Stefaniya Sokolova – Mama (Mum)
- Arina Pekhtereva & Anastasia Dmitrachkova – Muzyka-Vselennaja (Music-Universe)
- Quartet of the National Center for Children’s Creativity V. Mulyavin – Prodolzhay idti (Continue to go)
- Mariya Zhilina – Vyshei (Higher)
- Anastasiya Zhabko – Letim k mechtam (We fly to the dreams)
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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.