It’s still October but Belarus starts working on their Eurovision 2016 entry. Broadcaster BTRC is giving artists the chance to submit their entries until 21 November. Then on 2 December, a jury will listen to the songs in the live audition round, where they will chose up to 15 entries to progress to the national final in January. BTRC have previously said that preference will be given to entries in the Belarusian language.

Last year Uzari & Maimuna came 12th in the first semi-final with “Time”.

Submissions are open to all Belarusians who want to take part, but foreigners may also apply for it. Both singers and composers must be over 16 years old to be considered. The live audition round will be streamed for anyone who wants to watch it –  just like last year.

The date of the national final live show is still to be confirmed, but it will take place no later than 25 January – and this year the winner will be decided by 100% televote.