BTRC, the Belarusian national broadcaster, has launched its selection process for the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2018, which will be held in the Belarusian capital of Minsk.
The rules of the selection are as follows:
- Songs must be performed in Belarusian or Russian, and can include up to 40% of the lyrics being performed in another language
- Songs can only be written by Belarusian citizens or individuals who have lived in Belarus for a period of at least two and a half years
- Songs cannot have been released before May 1, 2018
- No more than six people can perform on stage
Those wishing to take part in the selection must send their entries to BTRC before June 29. A national final will take place no later than September 15. The winner will be decided by 50% public voting and 50% jury vote. In the event of a tie the jury will vote again on the songs that are tied. In the event of a further tie the Chairman of the jury decides who will represent Belarus at the Junior Eurovision Song Contest.
Last year, Helena Maraai represented Belarus in Tbilisi with “I Am the One”. She finished 5th with 149 points.
Belarus in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest
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.