Belarus: BTRC opens the submission period for Eurovision 2021
The Belarusian national broadcaster, BTRC, has launched the country’s seek for the Eurovision 2021 representative by opening the submission period for the next edition of the contest.
BTRC, is gearing up the country’s preparation for the next Eurovision Song Contest, opening the submission window for acts that ambition to represent the nation in Rotterdam next May.
According to the released terms on the official BTRC website Both solo performers and groups of no more than 6 people are invited to participate. Belarusian and foreign artists from 16 years old can become candidates. Moreover, each applicant has the right to only one application. According to the terms of the competition, the song must not be sold commercially and last no more than three minutes. There are no language restrictions.
In addition a new element is intorduced ,as all act should send in a video recording of the performance of the composition in live sound mode. The deadline for submission end on January 31, 2020. You can find all the details on the national selection terms and the application forms here.
The Eurovision story so far
Belarus has been participating in Eurovision since 2004 without missing an edition since its first participation. Its best placing so far was in 2007 with Dmitry Koldun and Work Your Magic which finished 6th in the final. This remains Belarus’ only top ten placement. Belarus also qualified for the final in 2010, 2013, 2014, 2017 and 2019. On the other hand its worst result came in 2006 with Polina Smolova who finished 22nd in the semi final.
In 2018 Alekseev represented the country with his song Forever but unfortunantely didn’t make it to the final as he finished 16th in the 1st semi final. In this year’s contest the country was represented by national final winner, Zena , who performed “Like it” in Tel Aviv .
This year the duo Val won the national final with their song Da vidna but never made it to the Eurovision 2020 stage as the contest was cancelled due to the covid-19 pandemic.