Say what you will about Belarus’ government, but when it comes to Eurovision 2016, they are handing power to the people. Today BTRC revealed that the winner of its national selection will be determined 100% by the televote. Bye, bye juries! The news comes following a meeting of the permanent members of the broadcaster’s Eurovision steering committee. The head of delegation firmly believes that an audience-only vote “is the most transparent method” and will produce “a worthy challenger” for Stockholm.
Last year Uzari & Maimuna placed third with televoters, but made it to Vienna by winning the support of the jury. They ultimately finished 12th in their semi-final.
Not the only change
As we previously reported, Gennady Davydko, the chairman of BTRC, has already said that Belarus will shift its focus to the Belarusian national language. Belarus will once again hold a national selection in order to pick its act for ESC. But unlike in previous years, the selection committee will give preference to songs with Belarusian lyrics. “We intend to look for next year’s song in the Belarusian language,” he said. “We aren’t excluding songs in English, Russian, French, or even in Hindi, but preference will be given to those in the Belarussian language.”
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