BTRC has confirmed that Belarus will compete in Eurovision 2018.
A national final selection process will be used to select the song to represent the country for the 63rd contest in Lisbon.
Belarus will be hoping to replicate the success of Naviband who represented the country in 2017 with the song Historyja majho žyccia also known as Story of my Life. The husband and wife duo of Arciom Lukjanienka and Ksienija Žuk qualified for the Eurovision 2017 final and finished in 17th place.
Naviband achieved a grand total of 83 points in Kyiv which included the maximum of 12 points from the professional juries of Ukraine and Azerbaijan. The duo were notable for being the first act from Belarus to sing their entry entirely in the Belarusian language.
Eurovision 2017 was the first qualification for Belarus since 2014 when Teo and Cheescake made it to the final in Copenhagen. Only 5 Belarusian songs have passed through the semi-final to the Grand Final of Eurovision.
The 2018 entry will be the 15th Belarusian entry in Eurovision. Belarus’ greatest success to date remains the 6th place for Dmitry Koldun in Helsinki in 2007. The 2018 entrant will be hoping to bring the Eurovision trophy to Belarus for the first time. The country is historically more successful in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest where it has achieved two victories (in 2005 and 2007).
30 countries are now confirmed to compete in the 2018 contest. Additional recent confirmations include Australia and Ukraine. Other countries, such as Croatia, have yet to confirm their participation in Eurovision 2018. Whereas past participants such as Monaco have ruled themselves out.
The Eurovision 2018 semi-finals will take place on 8th and 10th May 2018. Belarus will compete in one of these semi-finals to win a place in the grand final at the MEO Arena, Lisbon on 12 May 2018. It is expected that the EBU will release the full list of participating countries for Eurovision 2018 in the next few months.