We’re now into the new year and with that comes Belarus‘ plans for its 2020 national final. Broadcaster BTRC has confirmed that it will again use its national final — and this time they’re bringing back the public vote.
BTRC confirmed the news on Tuesday with a press release. Despite earlier talk suggesting that the broadcaster might use a different format for 2020, BTRC is largely sticking to its usual format for the national final.
The broadcaster will again use its iconic live auditions. In the past, they have been known for attracting acts of varying quality, where the worst are quickly dismissed with a curt “spasibo!”.
However, things appear to be changing this year. While the live audition is due to be held on 27 January, it won’t be open to all. The broadcaster will pre-screen applicants and choose the ones they want to see at the live auditions.
While this news will be disappointing to fans who enjoy watching the eclectic performances, it may be sweet relief for the judging panel. In recent years, the panel seemed to grow impatient sitting through dozens of auditions from enthusiastic amateurs. As always, the auditions will be live-streamed.
The Belarus televote returns
After the live auditions, a focus group will decide around 12 acts to compete in the national final.
Unlike the 2019 edition of the national final — where the winner was decided by jury vote alone — this year the public will again have their say in the result. The broadcaster says the winner will be determined by a mix of jury vote and televote.
BTRC hasn’t given a date for the national final, but notes that it will be held no later than 6 March — the last Friday before the Eurovision 2020 entry submission deadline of 9 March.
Entries for the 2020 Belarus national final are open until 17 January. Applications can be made on the BTRC website. On 22 January, the broadcaster will publish a list of the acts who have made it to the live audition round.
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