Belarus in the Eurovision Song Contest 2013

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Eurovision Song Contest 2013
Country  Belarus
National selection
Selection process Artist: Eurofest
50% Jury
50% Televoting
Song: Internal Selection
Selection date(s) Artist: 7 December 2012
Song: 7 March 2013
Selected entrant Alyona Lanskaya
Selected song "Solayoh"
Finals performance
Semi-final result Qualified (7th, 64 points)
Final result 16th, 48 points
Belarus in the Eurovision Song Contest
◄2012 2013 2014►

Belarus participated in the Eurovision Song Contest 2013 in Malmö, Sweden. The Belarusian entry was selected through a combination of Eurofest, a national final format organised by the Belarusian broadcaster BTRC, and an internal song selection carried out by the winning artist. Alyona Lanskaya represented Belarus with the song "Solayoh", which qualified from the first semi-final of the competition and placed 16th in the final, scoring 48 points.[1][2]

Eurofest[edit]

On 3 October 2012, BTRC held a press conference to reveal the details regarding their selection procedure, announce Olga Schlager as the director for the national selection and open the submission period for artists and composers to send their proposals.[3] The submission period concluded on 22 October. On 31 October, 80 applicants screened their entries in front of a professional jury during a preliminary audition during which 10 finalists were ultimately selected.[4] While BTRC originally intended to hold a semifinal on 16 November, the organization decided to hold a single show on 7 December instead.[4][5]

Final[edit]

Eurofest took place on 7 December 2012 and was presented by Olga Ryzhikova and Denis Dudinsky. Interval acts during the show included 2004 Belarusian representatives Aleksandra and Konstantin, previous Belarusian national final participant Gunesh performing the song "And Morning Will Come", and 2007 Belarusian representative Dmitry Koldun who performed "Work Your Magic".[6] After receiving top points from both the jury (50%) and the public vote (50%), Alyona Lanskaya was selected to represent Belarus in Malmö.[6] While her song, "Rhythm of Love", was also selected, the Eurofest rules specified that the winning artist was free to change the song if they were able to find a more suitable alternative.[7] Ultimately, the song was not selected as Belarus' entry to the contest.

Final - 7 December 2012
Draw Artist Song Televote Jury Total Place
01 Vitaliy Voronko "I Wonder How You" 1,773 5 2 7 9
02 Max Lorens "I Love Your Charming Eyes" 1,896 6 5 11 5
03 Alyona Lanskaya "Rhythm of Love" 10,370 12 12 24 1
04 Yankey "Letter to Mother" 1,518 2 8 10 7
05 Bever Band "Incredible Girl" 1,551 3 1 4 10
06 Daria "Catch Me Again" 1,432 1 10 11 4
07 Uzari "Secret" 1,585 4 3 7 8
08 Alexey Gross "One Way Love" 1,904 7 4 11 6
09 Nuteki "Save Me" 4,237 10 7 17 2
10 Satsura "Get Out of My Way" 2,044 8 6 14 3

Song selection[edit]

On 19 January 2013, BTRC announced the possibility that Alyona Lanskaya could change her song.[8] On 6 February, it was revealed that Lanskaya was in London at Abbey Road Studios recording new songs for her new album as well as her Eurovision entry.[7] On 13 February, it was reported that Lanskaya had recorded several possible songs for Eurovision in London and that she would be travelling to Stockholm next in order to continue working and recording.[7]

On 4 March, the song "Solayoh" was released by Lanskaya through the German record label CAP-Sounds on digital download music websites, with a track labelled as a "Eurovision version".[7] On 7 March BTRC confirmed that "Solayoh", composed by Marc Paelinck and Martin King, had been ultimately selected as the Belarusian entry.[7][1]

At Eurovision[edit]

Alyona Lanskaya at the first semi-final dress rehearsal in Malmö.

Belarus was allocated to compete in the first semi-final on 14 May for a place in the final on 18 May.[9] In the first semifinal, the producers of the show decided that Belarus would perform 11th, following Lithuania and preceding Moldova.[10] On stage, Lanskaya was joined by two backup dancers and three backing vocalists: Ana Mašulović, Marija Lazić and Willem Botha.[11]

Belarus qualified from the first semi-final, placing 7th and scoring 64 points.[12][13] At the first semi-final winners' press conference, Belarus was allocated to perform in the first half of the final.[14] In the final, the producers of the show decided that Belarus would perform 8th, following Estonia and preceding Malta.[15] Belarus placed 16th in the final, scoring 48 points.[2]

Points awarded to Belarus[edit]

Points Awarded to Belarus (Semi-Final 1)[13]
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)[2]
12 points 10 points 8 points 7 points 6 points
5 points 4 points 3 points 2 points 1 point

Points awarded by Belarus[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Omelyanchuk, Olena (7 March 2013). "Alyona Lanskaya will sing "Solayoh" in Malmö". Eurovision.tv. 
  2. ^ a b c d "Eurovision Song Contest 2013 Grand Final". Eurovision.tv. 18 May 2013. Retrieved 18 May 2013. 
  3. ^ Escuerdo, Victor M. (4 October 2012). "Belarus prepares for Malmö". Eurovision.tv. 
  4. ^ a b Escuerdo, Victor M. (31 October 2012). "Ten singers in the final of Belarus". Eurovision.tv. 
  5. ^ Escuerdo, Victor M. (19 October 2012). "Belarus final the 7th of December". Eurovision.tv. 
  6. ^ a b Brey, Marco (7 December 2012). "Alyona Lanskaya to represent Belarus in Malmö!". Eurovision.tv. 
  7. ^ a b c d e Mikheev, Andy. "Belarus at Eurovision Song Contest 2013". ESCKaz. 
  8. ^ "Alena Lanskaya may change its song for Eurovision.!". BTRC. 19 January 2013. 
  9. ^ Siim, Jarmo (17 January 2013). "Draw results: Who's in which Semi-Final?". Eurovision.tv. 
  10. ^ Siim, Jarmo (28 March 2013). "Eurovision 2013: Semi-Final running order revealed". Eurovision.tv. 
  11. ^ "Alyona Lanskaya holds 1st rehearsal with artists from Serbia and Republic of South Africa". National State Television and Radio Company of the Republic of Belarus. 30 April 2013. Retrieved 7 May 2013. 
  12. ^ Leon, Jakov (14 May 2013). "We have our first ten finalists!". Eurovision.tv. Retrieved 14 May 2013. 
  13. ^ a b c "Eurovision Song Contest 2013 Semi-Final (1)". Eurovision.tv. 18 May 2013. Retrieved 18 May 2013. 
  14. ^ Brey, Marco (14 May 2013). "First Semi-Final Winners' Press Conference". Eurovision.tv. Retrieved 14 May 2013. 
  15. ^ Storvik-Green, Simon (17 May 2013). "Running order for the Grand Final revealed". Eurovision.tv. Retrieved 17 May 2013.