It’s likely the last national final to get underway in the 2019 season. Now Belarus‘s broadcaster BTRC has finally opened entries for the country’s national final, including the iconic live auditions. And this year, there will be no televote.
Entries for the contest are open now and will run until January 31, in just over one week. And things are moving quickly.
The broadcaster will again hold its infamous live auditions, when all entered songs are performed live in front of a panel of experts. While the panel usually listens to enough of each performance to get a good idea of what it offers, in some cases they cut short an act with a curt “Spaibo!”.
And in less than two weeks, we’ll know the competing finalists. The expert panel will decide the finalists on February 4th. Around ten acts will participate in the final, though that number isn’t definite.
The date of the grand final is not yet been confirmed, but the broadcaster has revealed one big change. This year, the winner of the final will be decided by jury vote alone. There will no longer be a public vote.
This decision might be for the best. In 2017, PROvokatsiya topped the televote but scored nil points from the jury. The jury vote ensured that Naviband would win and go on deliver an impressive performance at Eurovision. Last year, both jury and televote had ALEKSEEV as their favourites, but were radically divided on almost all the other performances.
M I H A I for Belarus?
The 2019 Belarus national final again has no nationality restrictions. And just as the 2018 edition attracted the attention of Ukraine pop idol ALEKSEEV, Eurofest fan blog reports that another foreign artist is focusing on Belarus.
Romania’s Eurovision 2006 star M I H A I is said to be entering his song “Baya”. M I H A I had originally planned to enter “Baya” into Romania’s Selecția Națională, however he later withdrew from the contest, saying he was unhappy with the way the contest had been organised.
Applications for the Belarus 2019 national selection can be made through the BTRC website.
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