This morning, BTRC has revealed that Belarus´ national selection for Eurovision 2018 will take place on February 16. The preparations for the show have started, and the eleven finalists will soon be shooting the promo videos, that will be shown before their performances in the final. On Tuesday, a draw will be held to determine the running order for the final.
Yesterday, auditions were held in Minsk, where 93 applicants performed for a jury. Of those, eleven were chosen for the national final.
The eleven finalists are:
- ALEN HIT – “I do not care“
- Adagio – “You and I“
- Lexy – “Ain’t you“
- Sophia Lapina – “Gravity“
- Napoli – “Chasing rushes“
- Alekseev – “Forever“
- Anastasia Malashkevich – “World on fire“
- Gunesh – “I will not cry“
- Kirill Hood – “Deja Vu“
- Radio wave – “Subway lines“
- Shuma – “Hmarki“
The national selection will be hosted by Teo and Olga Ryzhikova. The results will be decided by 50% jury votes and 50% televoting. However, in the case of a tie, it will be the jury votes that will take preference over the televoting.
Belarus was represented by Naviband in the Eurovision Song Contest 2017. Their entry “Historyja Majho Žyccia” was the first song to ever be performed entirely in Belarussian at the contest. They managed to take Belarus to final for the first time in three years, where they finished 17th with 83 points.
Belarus in the Eurovision Song Contest
Belarus debuted in the Eurovision Song Contest in 2004 and has made it to the final on four occasions. For the past two years, Belarus has failed to make it through to the final of the Eurovision Song Contest. Their most recent entrant, IVAN, finished in 12th place in his semi-final and was 21 points away from qualification. Belarus’ best result in the contest came in 2007 when Dmitry Koldun finished 6th in the final with a total of 145 points. In total Belarus has qualified for the Eurovision final five times in fourteen attempts.