Belarus are proposing to change the way in which they select their Eurovision entry in 2020.
Belarusian broadcaster BTRC has revealed that they are planning to stop holding an open national selection for the 2020 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest. In doing so, this would allow the broadcaster to “create a shortlist of potential entries and continue working on them, in order to bring them as close to perfection as possible”.
Chairman of the media holding, Ivan Eismont, revealed the following in an interview with Sputnik:
“We are currently working on a variety of formats, but plans for the nearest futrue are not to hold open national selections. If this decision is finalized, from the next year Belarus participant will be appointed, as is done in many European countries.
People will still be able to send us their entries at any time, following regulations of the EBU on the song release date, age of participants and others”.
It was also revealed in the interview that the broadcaster were considering launching The Voice or The X Factor franchises in Belarus, similar to what we saw of Malta this year.
Belarus will hold a national final this year, which will be held on March 7th. The act that will represent Belarus in Israel this May will be decided by jury only. The national final will see each of the judges announce their results straight after each performance. They will be able to score the songs from 0 to 10 points. If there is a tie at the end, the winner will be decided by a second vote.
The running order is as follows:
- Michael Soul – Humanize
- ZENA – Like It
- Eva Kogan – Run
- BLGN ft. Mirex (Belarus/Nigeria) – Champion
- Sebastian Roos (Sweden) – Never Getting Close
- Alyona Gorbachova – Can We Dream
- PROvokatsiya – Running Away From The Sun
- Aura – Čaravala
- NAPOLI – Let It Go
- KeySi – No Love Lost
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.