The Belarusian broadcaster has said it is reviewing how it will select its participant, following the announced changes to the format of Junior Eurovision for 2020.
For the first time since early August, BTRC has reported on the Junior Eurovision Song Contest. With confirmation that the broadcaster is one of thirteen that will be competing in the contest this November, BTRC has stated it will review how it will determine the nations representative.
According to BTRC, “the format of BTRC’s participation will be determined in the near future”. The previous rules of the Belarusian selection stated that up to 15 acts had to have been selected by August 24 to participate in the selection, a deadline that has been missed due to ongoing political events in the country.
Following the selection of participants, BTRC outlined two potential selection methods. A selection can be held internally with a professional jury selecting the nation’s representative, this would be held no later than September 15. The other option is a televised selection, which would be held no later than October 16.
Liza Misnikova represented Belarus in Gliwice with “Pepelny”. She finished 11th with 92 points.
Image Source: EBU / Source: BTRC
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.