With the mid-September entry deadline passed, another country has confirmed for Eurovision 2017. This time it’s Belarus, with national broadcaster BTRC confirming that they’ll be heading to neighbouring Ukraine next year.
BTRC has formally given the EBU their application, which confirms that Belarus intends to be part of Eurovision 2017.
The broadcaster has also confirmed that it will screen both semi-finals and the grand final on Belarus 1 and the international channel Belarus 24.
There’s no word on how Belarus will select their act for Kyiv, but the country usually uses some variant of their national final, Eurofest.
Earlier this year, Alyona Lanskaya — who represented Belarus in 2013 with “Solayoh” — revealed that she was ready to represent Belarus again, telling media “I can confidently say that I am preparing my participation for the contest once again. The song has already been made.”
Since Belarus’ debut at Eurovision in 2004, they have only made the grand final four times, the most recent being in 2014 when Teo took his “Cheesecake” to the final in Copenhagen.
This year, Belarus sent Alexander “Ivan” Ivanov to Stockholm with his rock anthem “Help You Fly”. Despite the memorable staging, featuring holograms of a naked Ivan singing to a wolf, Belarus placed 12th in the semi-final, missing out on a place in the final.
However, the split voting revealed that Belarus had placed 9th with the televote, showing there was still a lot of love for Ivan and his wolf friend.
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