Evgeny Perlin has been announced by BTRC as the nations commentator at the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2019.
BTRC has announced that Evgeny Perlin will be returning to the commentary booth for Belarus. Evgeny was one of three presenters of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest in 2018. He hosted the contest alongside Helena Meerai, and ZENA who is representing Belarus at this years contest.
Evgeny has been the Belarusian commentator at Junior Eurovision since 2017, and the commentator at Eurovision since 2013. The contest will be broadcast by BTRC on Belarus 1 and its international channel Belarus 24.
At this years Eurovision Song Contest Mr Perlin made homophobic comments during the first semi-final. During the interval featuring Dana International, Speaking on Belarus 1 and Belarus 24, Mr Perlin said at the first gay kiss, “Oh, my goodness! Maybe we’d better not watch!”. When a man and a woman were shown kissing he responded “Ok, so far so good!”, then returned to saying “Oh, come on!” when a gay couple kissed.
Liza Minsnikova will perform “Ashen” on stage in Gliwice-Silesia in Poland. The 14-year-old singer was the surprise winner of Belarus’ national selection having finished second with both the public and the jury.
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.