It’s been a busy day in Minsk. Earlier today the 49 shortlisted acts tried to impress the judging panel at Belarus’ iconic live auditions. In the end, the jury selected the 12 acts who will compete to be Belarus’ entry for Eurovision 2020.
Among the qualifiers is national final regulars NAPOLI. Like Latvia’s Markus Riva they have made an attempt every year since 2014. They’ll have the song “Dоn’t Let Me Down”, perhaps aimed at the televoters of Belarus.
Also making the list is our recent Wednesday Wishlist pick, VAL. Vlad and Lera are like a cross between Naviband and Zalagaspar — a cool couple performing songs in Belarusian. They’re in with the song “Да вiдна”.
Sadly missing out was Vitaly Voronko. He previously appeared on Britain’s Got Talent, reaching the semi-finals. After appearing and finishing last in the 2015 selection, Vitaly unsuccessfully tried once more with an ode to the potato in 2019. This time he had the song “Listen to your Heart”.
The successful acts will compete at the Belarus national final in coming weeks.Unlike the 2019 edition, where the winner was decided by jury vote alone, for 2020 the televote has returned. The winner of the grand final will be determined by a mix of jury vote and televote.
Belarus national final 2020: the finalists
Anastasiya Glamozda – “Burning again”
Anastasiya Malashkevich – “Invisible”
Anastasiya Razvadovskaya – “Hello”
Angelika Pushnova – “True Love”
AURA – “Barani svajo”
Darya Khmelnitskaya – “On Fire”
Group CHAKRAS – “La-ley-la”
KeySi – “Chili Pepper”
NAPOLI – “Dоn’t let me down”
Sasha Zakharik- “Rocky Road”
VAL – “Da vidna”
Yan Yaroche – “Fire”
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