Belarus in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2016

Belarus participated in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2016. The Belarusian entry for the 2016 contest in Valletta, Malta was selected through a national final organised by the Belarusian broadcaster National State Television and Radio Company of the Republic of Belarus (BTRC). A national final of ten competing acts participated in a televised production where the winner was determined by a 50/50 combination of votes from jury members made up of music professionals and a public telephone vote. On 26 August 2016, Alexander Minyonok was selected to represent Belarus with the song "Musyka moikh pobed (Music is my only way)".

Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2016
Country Belarus
National selection
Selection processNational final
Selection date(s)26 August 2016
Selected entrantAlexander Minyonok
Selected song"Musyka moikh pobed (Music Is My Only Way)"
Selected songwriter(s)Kirill Ermakov
Roman Kolodko
Alexander Minyonok
Finals performance
Final result7th, 177 points
Belarus in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest
◄2015 2016 2017►

BackgroundEdit

Prior to the 2016 Contest, Belarus had participated in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest thirteen times since its first entry at the inaugural contest in 2003.[1] Belarus has won the contest twice in 2005 with the song "My vmeste" performed by Ksenia Sitnik and again in 2007 with the song "S druz'yami performed by Alexey Zhigalkovich.[2] They hosted the 2010 contest in Minsk.[2]

Before Junior EurovisionEdit

National finalEdit

The national final took place on 26 August 2016, which saw ten competing acts participating in a televised production where the winner was determined by a 50/50 combination of both telephone vote and the votes of jury members made up of music professionals.[3] Alexander Minyonok was selected to represent Belarus with the song "Musyka moikh pobed".[4]

Final – 26 August 2016
Draw Artist Song[5] Jury Televote Total Place
1 Maria Magilnaya "Zvuk tishiny" (Звук тишины) 7 827 5 12 4
2 So-Ni-Ka "Pesenka moya" (Песенка моя) 2 3,916 10 12 6
3 Elena Titova "Ne prosto tak" (Не просто так) 3 529 3 6 9
4 Yulia Mozhilovskaya "Ver v sebya" (Верь в себя) 1 477 2 3 10
5 Stefania Sokolova "Color Game (Tsvetnaya igra)" (Цветная игра) 6 465 1 7 8
6 Neskuchniy Vozrast "Tyts tyts" (Тыц-тыц) 4 1,689 6 10 7
7 Maria Zhilina "Vpripryzhku" (Вприпрыжку) 5 2,162 7 12 5
8 Zinaida Kupriyanovich "Kosmos" (Космос) 10 743 4 14 3
9 Olga Konovalova "Serdtsa bit" (Сердца бит) 8 11,128 12 20 2
10 Aleksander Minyonok "Musyka moikh pobed" (Музыка моих побед) 12 2,624 8 20 1

Artist and song informationEdit

Alexander MinyonokEdit

Alexander Minyonok
 
Background information
Born (2003-06-25) 25 June 2003 (age 18)
Vitebsk, Belarus
OriginKyiv, Ukraine
Genres
  • Pop
Occupation(s)Singer
InstrumentsVocals
Years active2011–present
Associated actsNEBO5, Open Kids

Alexander Minyonok (Belarusian: Аляксандр Мінёнак, Russian: Александр Минёнок; born 25 June 2003)[6] is a young singer who represented Belarus in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2016 with his song "Musyka moikh pobed" (Russian: Музыка моих побед).[7] He won the Belarusian national final on 26 August 2016, receiving 2,624 telephone vote from the viewing public calculated as eight-points, and the maximum twelve-points from the jury members.[7]

Alexander, who is also called Sasha, started singing professionally when he was eight. He is an artist of the Belarusian dance band "Sensation" and a student of the Russian Academy of Popular Music of Igor Krutoy. The young artist literally grew up behind the stage of the well-known Belarusian festival "Slavic Bazaar", where his mother worked. From early childhood, he followed famous artists, including Eurovision stars, and took part in many competitions in Belarus.

Alexander started singing solo in 2011. Since then, he has performed a variety of musical styles, he dances, presents TV shows and also acts in films. He plays both the piano and the accordion, and plans to learn how to play the drums in future.

Sasha dreams of singing with Bruno Mars and Justin Timberlake. He is also a big fan of Justin Bieber and plans one day to perform in New York City's famous Madison Square Garden. He believes that apart from the vocal skills, the main thing for a true artist is his charisma, kindness and intentions to give positive energy to audience.

In his spare time he loves hoverboarding, skateboarding, rollerblading, skating, cycling, snowboarding in winter, and of course playing football with friends. Alexander also enjoys nature and watching films.

In 2017, Sasha competed in The Voice Kids Ukraine and finished runner-up.

Musyka moikh pobedEdit

 "Musyka moikh pobed
(Music Is My Only Way)"
 
Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2016 entry
Country
Artist(s)
Alexander Minyonok
Languages
Russian
Composer(s)
Kirill Ermakov, Alexander Minyonok
Lyricist(s)
Roman Kolodko, Alexander Minyonok
Finals performance
Final result
7th
Final points
177
Entry chronology
◄ "Volshebstvo (Magic)" (2015)
"Ya samaya" (2017) ►

"Musyka moikh pobed" (Russian: Музыка моих побед, Music of my victories) is a song by Belarusian singer Alexander Minyonok. It will represent Belarus during the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2016. It is composed and written by Kirill Ermakov and Roman Kolodko.

At Junior EurovisionEdit

During the opening ceremony and the running order draw which took place on 14 November 2016, Belarus was drawn to perform ninth on 20 November 2016, following Poland and preceding Ukraine.[8]

FinalEdit

VotingEdit

During the press conference for the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2016, held in Stockholm, the Reference Group announced several changes to the voting format for the 2016 contest. Previously, points had been awarded based on a combination of 50% National juries and 50% televoting, with one more set of points also given out by a 'Kids' Jury'. However, this year, points will be awarded based on a 50/50 combination of each country's Adult and Kids' Jury, to be announced by a spokesperson. For the first time since the inauguration of the contest the voting procedure will not include a public televote.[9] Following these results, three expert jurors will also announce their points from 1–8, 10, and 12. These professional jurors are: Christer Björkman, Mads Grimstad, and Jedward.[10]

ReferencesEdit

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  9. ^ Jordan, Paul (13 May 2016). "Format changes for the Junior Eurovision 2016". junioreurovision.tv. European Broadcasting Union. Retrieved 17 May 2016.
  10. ^ Jordan, Paul (13 May 2016). "Jedward to appear at Junior Eurovision 2016!". junioreurovision.tv. European Broadcasting Union. Retrieved 17 May 2016.
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