The ATN News Agency has confirmed that a total of 95 submissions were received as of 23:59 local time yesterday for Eurovision 2020.
A total of 95 acts are known to have submitted songs to compete in the Belarusian selection for the Eurovision Song Contest 2020. According to ATN the submissions include both well known and unknown acts, as well as some acts who have taken to the Eurovision stage before.
Among the artists who have are known to have submitted songs to BTRC are Alexey Gross, Ivan Zdonyuk, Vitaly Voronko, Angelika Pushnova, AURA, Janet, NAPOLI and Alen Hit.
The next stage of the selection is the audition round, which will be held on January 27. Unlike previous years, in which everyone who submitted an entry could take part, BTRC will pre-screen the artists and choose which ones will take part in the audition round. The list of artists that will take part will be released on January 22. During the audition round, which will be live-streamed, up to 12 artists will be selected for the national final.
The national final will be held no later than March 6. Unlike last year, where the jury alone decided the winner, a mixture of public voting (50%) and jury voting (50%) will decide the Belarusian entrant for Eurovision 2020. In case of a tie, the jury vote will take preference.
Source: ATN / ESC World
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.