BTRC has confirmed to Euroradio.fm that it is planning to hold a national selection to determine the Belarusian entry for the Eurovision Song Contest 2019.
The Belarusian national broadcaster has confirmed today that it will be holding a national selection to determine the nations entry for Eurovision 2019. A spokesperson for the broadcaster informed Euroradio.fm that;
Yes, we are working in this direction. As soon as we are ready to announce the position of selection to the press, we will do it on our website and let us know in the news. The selection is planned, the work goes.
It has been speculated that due to BTRC hosting the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2018, that planning for a national selection was delayed. The result means that announcements regarding Belarus’ selection are the latest they have been since the 2011 contest in Dusseldorf. In 2011 Belarus did not open submissions for songs until the end of January, this resulted in an internal selection.
Belarus was represented by Alekseev at the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest in Lisbon, Portugal. With his song “Forever”, he placed 16th in the semi-final with 55 points. This was the worst result for Belarus at the Eurovision Song Contest since 2008.
Belarus debuted in the Eurovision Song Contest in 2004 and has made it to the final on five occasions. 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 fifteen attempts.