Belarus in the Eurovision Song Contest 2010

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Eurovision Song Contest 2010
Country  Belarus
National selection
Selection process Internal Selection
Selection date(s) 25 February,
19 March 2010
Selected entrant 3+2 feat Robert Wells
Selected song "Butterflies"
Finals performance
Semi-final result Qualified (9th, 59 points)
Final result 24th, 18 points
Belarus in the Eurovision Song Contest
◄2009 2010 2011►

The Belarus entry for the Eurovision Song Contest 2010 was organised by BTRC. It had been originally planned for ONT to take over after criticism over BTRC's selection methods. However as ONT's application for the European Broadcasting Union (EBU), the Contest's organisers, had been rejected, BTRC again selected the Belarusian entry for the seventh year. An internal selection was held by the broadcaster after a public call for song submissions, and after 41 entries were received the band 3+2 were selected.[1][2] The band performed the song "Butterflies" at the contest, having changed their song on 19 March from their initial choice "Far Away".[3][4]

Background[edit]

Belarus has previously taken part in the Eurovision Song Contest six times since their first entry in 2004.[5] Belarus has qualified to the final of the contest twice: in 2007, when Koldun placed sixth for the country with "Work Your Magic", and in 2010. All other Belarusian entries have been relegated in the semi-final stage, with Belarus' worst performance coming in 2006, when Polina Smolova finished in 22nd position in the semi-final with "Mum", receiving only ten points in total.[6]

From 2004 to 2009 the Belarusian broadcaster responsible for the country's participation in Eurovision was BTRC, who organised a televised national selection to select the Belarusian entry.[6] In 2010 plans were announced for this to change.

Change of broadcaster[edit]

Shortly after the 2009 Contest had finished (where Belarus, represented by Petr Elfimov, had finished 13th in the semi-final), the Belarusian president Alexander Lukashenko expressed his dissatisfaction over the management of BTRC's organisation for the Contest. He expressed his frustrations over divisions within the team, finding it necessary to completely replace the 2009 team for 2010.[7] and had ruled that ONT should take over preparation for Eurovision from BTRC.[8] In late July ONT launched the "Song for Eurovision" competition in order to find the entry for the 2010 Contest.[9]

However, during his visit to Minsk on 18 September 2009 the EBU director for Eurovision Bjørn Erichsen had stated that ONT's application for full active EBU membership would be considered only in December, after the application deadline for Eurovision 2010 passed on November 15. He had suggested that BTRC should submit a formal application to join Eurovision 2010 and that after December the two broadcasters should internally decide on the question of Eurovision participation. It had been strictly noted that before being accepted as a member, ONT had absolutely no right to use the "Eurovision" brand in its preselection campaign, with EBU considering legal action if such usage continued by ONT.[10][11][12] In accordance to this ONT removed Eurovision references from its pages.[13]

Original plans[edit]

ONT had intended to hold a national final to select the seventh Belarusian entry. A call for songs was made by ONT for either a male soloist or for a group of six female soloists.[14][15] Composers could submit the songs either by post or on the broadcaster's website, with the deadline for submissions set for 1 October 2009.[14][15]

However, on 23 September, information on the national final had been completely removed from the ONT website, and the channel had stated that original plan of "female band selected through castings hadn't really worked out". It was announced that ORT did not have the right to organise or prepare for the country's Eurovision participation as they did not have EBU membership.[12]

Musical Court[edit]

Musical Court.jpg

"Musical Court" (Russian: Музыкальный суд; Muzykal'nyj sud) was originally to be the Belarusian selection for Eurovision, organised by ONT.

The Belarusian selection for Eurovision was to be held over two stages. The first, "Musical Court", was held over November and December 2009. 25 songs competed over five semi-finals, with each song performed by participants of the "New Voices" competition. These songs could be performed by professional artists in the final stage of the contest.[16] Ten songs progressed to the final, two from each semi-final, and regional televoting selected a winning song, "Don't Play In Love", performed by Artem Mihalenko. The second stage of the selection was to be held in February 2010, however these plans were derailed after ONT failed to get EBU membership in time for Eurovision 2010.[17]

ORT had stated that Musical Court was "not necessarily" the national selection for Eurovision 2010, but was intended "to choose songs to represent the country in any international competitions".[18]

Internal selection[edit]

In January 2010 Belarus' only EBU member, BTRC, announced that an internal selection would be used by them to select the Belarusian entry for Eurovision 2010.[19] On 29 January BTRC announced a call for songs, with no restrictions made on the citizenship of either composer or performer. The submission dealine was set for 15 February, with an announcement of the selected entry to be made on in late February or early March.[20][21]

41 applications were received by BTRC from across the world; in Belarus, Russia, Poland, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Azerbaijan and Australia. On 25 February the band 3+2 were selected by the broadcaster to represent Belarus at the Contest with the song "Far Away". Before the song was submitted to the BTRC internal selection, the song and the group had come second in ONT's "Musical Court" (as Artyom Mihalenko, Elgiazar Farashyan and Yulia Shisko).[1][2]

On 19 March, three days before the deadline to submit songs to the Contest's organisers, it was announced that 3+2 had changed their song for the contest, and would now perform the song "Butterflies" at the contest. The song was composed by Russian producer Maxim Fadeev, with lyrics by Malka Chaplin.[3][4]

At Eurovision[edit]

Belarus competed in the first semi-final of the contest on 25 May, performing in the second half of the draw. Belarus was one of the ten qualifiers to the final, and performed in the final on 29 May, for the first time since 2007.

Points Awarded by Belarus[22][edit]

Points Awarded to Belarus (Semi-Final 1)
12 points 10 points 8 points 7 points 6 points
5 points 4 points 3 points 2 points 1 point
Points Awarded to Belarus (Final)
12 points 10 points 8 points 7 points 6 points
5 points 4 points 3 points 2 points 1 point

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  9. ^ "Belarus call for songs". ESCToday. 2009-07-31. 
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  11. ^ "If ONT will not stop using Eurovision brand they will certainly not be accepted in EBU membership" (in Russian). Komsomolskaya pravda. 2009-05-18. 
  12. ^ a b Floras, Stella (2009-09-23). "Belarus: ONT cannot take part in the Eurovision Song Contest 2010". ESCToday. Retrieved 26 November 2009. 
  13. ^ "We admit falsestart in accepting Eurovision entries" (in Russian). Komsomolskaya pravda. 2009-05-19. 
  14. ^ a b Hondal, Victor (2009-07-31). "Belarus call for songs". ESCToday. Retrieved 2009-07-31. 
  15. ^ a b "50 тысяч долларов за песню для "Евровидения-2010"" (in Russian). Obshchenatsional'noe Televidenie. 2009-07-31. Retrieved 2009-07-31. [dead link]
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  17. ^ Al Kaziri, Ghassan (2010-01-20). "EBU rejects ONT as active member for 2010 Eurovision". Oikotimes. Archived from the original on 3 January 2010. Retrieved 20 January 2010. 
  18. ^ Hondal, Victor (2009-11-30). "Two songs qualified for the Belarussian final". ESCToday. Archived from the original on 4 December 2009. Retrieved 30 November 2009. 
  19. ^ Hondal, Victor (2010-01-20). "Belarus to select Eurovision entrant internally". ESCToday. Archived from the original on 23 January 2010. Retrieved 20 January 2010. 
  20. ^ Hondal, Victor (2010-01-29). "BTRC call for songs". ESCToday. Archived from the original on 2 February 2010. Retrieved 29 January 2010. 
  21. ^ Siim, Jarmo (2010-01-29). "Long-awaited selection rules for Belarus revealed". European Broadcasting Union. Archived from the original on 1 February 2010. Retrieved 29 January 2010. 
  22. ^ Eurovision Song Contest 2008

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