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Belarus in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest

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Member station  BTRC
First appearance  2003
Worst result  14th 2004
Appearances  14
Best result  1st 2005 2007
Belarus in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest
National selection events  National Final 2010 2012–Present Constellation Festival 2003 Junior Eurosong 2004–2009 Song For Europe 2011

The participation of Belarus in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest first began at the inaugural Junior Eurovision Song Contest in 2003 which took place in Copenhagen, Denmark. The Belarusian Television and Radio Company (BTRC) a member organisation of the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) have been responsible for the selection process of their participants since their debut. The first representative to participate for the nation at the 2003 contest was Volha Satsiuk with the song "Tantsuy", which finished in fourth place out of sixteen participating entries, achieving a score of one hundred and three points. Belarus have never missed an edition of the contest, and have won twice in 2005 and 2007. They hosted the contest at the Minsk-Arena in 2010. On 26 August 2016, Belarus will hold their national final in order to select their representative for the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2016, in Valletta, Malta.

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History

Belarus are one of the sixteen countries to have made their debut at the inaugural Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2003, which took place on 15 November 2003 at the Forum in Copenhagen, Denmark. Belarusian Television and Radio Company (BRTC) hold a national final mechanism in order to select their representative for the contests. Child-singer, Volha Satsiuk, was the first participant to represent Belarus with the song "Tantsuy", which finished in fourth place out of sixteen participating entries, achieving a score of one hundred and three points.

Belarus have taken part in every edition of the contest since 2003, and have won the contest twice: in 2005 with Ksenia Sitnik performing the song "My vmeste"; and again in 2007 with Alexey Zhigalkovich performing the entry "S druz'yami". Viewing figures and interest for the Junior Eurovision in Belarus is very high. And according to former EBU Executive Supervisor Svante Stockselius, the Junior Eurovision is "one of Belarus' most popular television shows". On 8 June 2009, the EBU confirmed that Belarus had won the rights to organise the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2010 over bids from Russia and Malta. Under construction through 2009, the 15,000-spectator Minsk-Arena hosted the event.

On 17 May 2016, Belarus confirmed that they would once again be participating in the contest, making it their fourteenth appearance in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest. The national selection show took place on 26 August 2016, in which ten acts competed in a live televised broadcast, with the winner having been determined by 50% professional jury and 50% public televoting. Alexander Minyonok won the 2016 Belarussian final with the song "Muzyka moikh pobed" and will represent Belarus at the 2016 contest.

Participation

Table key

 1st place   2nd place   3rd place   Last place 

Commentators and spokespersons

The contests are broadcast online worldwide through the official Junior Eurovision Song Contest website junioreurovision.tv and YouTube. In 2015, the online broadcasts featured commentary in English by junioreurovision.tv editor Luke Fisher and 2011 Bulgarian Junior Eurovision Song Contest entrant Ivan Ivanov. The Belorussian broadcaster, BTRC, sent their own commentators to each contest in order to provide commentary in the Belorussian language. Spokespersons were also chosen by the national broadcaster in order to announce the awarding points from Belarus. The table below list the details of each commentator and spokesperson since 2003.

Voting history

The tables below shows Belarus' top-five voting history rankings up until their most recent participation in 2015:

References

Belarus in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest Wikipedia


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