Belarus in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest

Belarus has participated in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest in every edition since its inception in 2003 until 2020. The Belarusian Television and Radio Company (BTRC), then a member organisation of the European Broadcasting Union (EBU), has been responsible for the selection process of its participants since its debut. The country hosted the contest at the Minsk-Arena in 2010 and again in 2018.

Belarus
Belarus
(2012–2020)
Flag
(2003–2011)
Member stationBTRC (2003–2021)
National selection events
National final
  • 2010
  • 2012–2019
  • Constellation Festival
  • 2003
  • Junior Eurosong
  • 2004–2009
  • Song For Europe
  • 2011
Internal selection
  • 2020
Participation summary
Appearances18
First appearance2003
Last appearance2020
Best result1st: 2005, 2007
External links
Belarus's page at Eurovision.tv
Song contest current event.png For the most recent participation see
Belarus in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2020

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 103 points.

Belarus was one of two countries to have never missed an edition of the contest, the other one being the Netherlands, until the broadcaster was expelled from the EBU in 2021. It is also one of three countries (along with Serbia and Kazakhstan) to have debuted in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest without a previous participation in the adult one.

History

Belarus was 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.[1] Belarusian Television and Radio Company (BTRC) hold a national final mechanism in order to select its representative for the contests.[2] Child-singer Volha Satsiuk was the first participant to represent Belarus with the song "Tantsuy",[3] which finished in fourth place out of sixteen participating entries, achieving a score of one hundred and three points.[4]

Belarus took part in every edition of the contest from 2003 to 2020,[5] winning the contest twice: in 2005 with Ksenia Sitnik performing the song "My vmeste";[6] and again in 2007 with Alexey Zhigalkovich performing the entry "S druz'yami".[7] Viewing figures and interest for the Junior Eurovision in Belarus is very high; according to former EBU Executive Supervisor Svante Stockselius in 2010, Junior Eurovision was then considered "one of Belarus' most popular television shows".[8] 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;[9] after undergoing construction in 2009, the 15,000-spectator Minsk-Arena hosted the event.[8]

On 17 May 2016, Belarus confirmed that the country would be making its fourteenth Junior Eurovision appearance at the 2016 contest.[10] The national selection show took place on 26 August 2016,[11] in which ten acts competed in a live televised broadcast, with the winner having been determined by 50% professional jury and 50% public televoting.[12] Alexander Minyonok won the 2016 Belarussian final with the song "Muzyka moikh pobed" and represented Belarus at the 2016 contest.[13] On 15 October 2017, it was announced that Belarus would host the contest for a second time in the capital, Minsk.[14] On 21 November 2017, Belarus' Deputy Prime Minister Vasily Zharko [be] stated that the contest was scheduled to be held at Minsk Arena in November 2018. On 18 March 2018, Minsk Arena was confirmed as the venue by the contest organisers.[15]

On 28 May 2021, the EBU announced it was suspending BTRC's membership due to "exceptional concerns" over its broadcasts. The broadcaster was given two weeks to respond before the suspension came into effect, which it failed to do publicly.[16] Exclusion from EBU membership meant that BTRC would lose the rights to broadcast and participate in Eurovision events.[17] On 1 July, the EBU officially imposed a three-year suspension on BTRC, scheduled to end on 1 July 2024, and the broadcaster subsequently acknowledged and accepted its temporary inability to take part in Eurovision.[18][19][20] Following this, the director general of BTRC, Ivan Eismont, made a statement regarding the EBU's actions, in which he claimed that the national response to Belarus' exclusion from the adult contest was ambivalent, but that there was general sadness regarding their inability to compete at the junior contest after their success at the event over the years.[21] The EBU has the right to review the suspension at any point prior to its official expiration, though the likelihood of this happening is uncertain.[20]

Participation overview

Table key
1
Winner
2
Second place
3
Third place
Year Entrant Song Language Place Points
Volha Satsiuk [be] "Tantsuy" (Танцуй) Belarusian 4 103
Egor Volchek "Spiavajcie so mnoj" (Спявайце со мной) Belarusian 14 9
Ksenia Sitnik "My vmeste" (Мы вместе) Russian 1 149
Andrey Kunets "Noviy den" (Новый день) Russian 2 129
Alexey Zhigalkovich "S druz'yami" (С друзьями) Russian 1 137
Dasha, Alina [ru] & Karyna "Serdtse Belarusi" (Сердце Беларуси) Belarusian, Russian 6 86
Yury Demidovich "Volshebniy krolik" (Волшебный кролик) Russian 9 48
Daniil Kozlov "Muzyki svet" (Музыки свет) Russian 5 85
Lidiya Zablotskaya "Angely dobra" (Ангелы добра) Russian 3 99
Egor Zheshko "A more-more" (А море-море) Russian 9 56
Ilya Volkov "Poy so mnoy" (Пой со мной) Russian 3 108
Nadezhda Misyakova "Sokal" (Сокал) Belarusian 7 71
Ruslan Aslanov "Volshebstvo (Magic)" (Волшебство) Russian, English 4 105
Alexander Minyonok "Muzyka moikh pobed (Music is My Only Way)" (Музыка моих побед) Russian, English 7 177
Helena Meraai "I Am the One" Russian 5 149
Daniel Yastremski "Time" Russian, English 11 114
Liza Misnikova "Pepelny (Ashen)" (Пепельный) Russian, English 11 92
Arina Pehtereva "Aliens" Russian, English 5 130

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.[22]

The Belorussian broadcaster, BTRC, sent its own commentators to each contest in order to provide commentary in the Russian 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.

Year Commentator Channel Spokesperson Ref.
2003 Denis Kurian Belarus 1 Unknown
2004 Daria
2005 Belarus 1
Belarus 24
Anton Lediaev
2006 Liza Anton-Baychuk
2007 Alexander Rogachevskiy
2008 Anjelica Misevich
2009 Arina Aleshkevich
2010 Pavel Lozovik Anastasiya Butyugina
2011 Denis Kurian Anna Kovalyova
2012 Pavel Lozovik Maria Drozdova
2013 Anatoliy Lipetskiy Alexandra Tkach
2014 Katerina Taperkina
2015 Valeria Drobyshevskaya
2016 Julia Pertsova Ruslan Aslanov
2017 Evgeny Perlin Saba Karazanashvili
2018 Georgiy Koldun and Andrey Makaenok Arina Rovba
2019 Evgeny Perlin Emilia
2020 Pavel Lazovik Ksenia Galetskaya
2021 No broadcast Did not participate

Hostings

Year Location Venue Presenters
2010 Minsk Minsk-Arena Leila Ismailava and Denis Kurian[36]
2018 Eugene Perlin, Helena Meraai and Zena[37]

See also

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