Belarus in the Eurovision Song Contest 2008
|Eurovision Song Contest 2008|
|Selection process||Eurofest 2008|
21 December 2007
21 January 2008
|Selected entrant||Ruslan Alekhno|
|Selected song||"Hasta La Vista"|
|Semi-final result||Failed to qualify (17th, 27 points)|
|Belarus in the Eurovision Song Contest|
Belarus chose their entry to the Eurovision Song Contest 2008 through a public selection, organized by BTRC, that took part in two phases. The competition "Eurofest" consists of a semifinal round on 21 December 2007, and a final a month later on 21 January 2008. The first phase of the selection was the semifinal round in which 15 singers showcased their abilities as performers to the viewers and a professional jury. The televote winner, Ruslan Alehno, secured a place in the final, while the jury selected the bands Litesound and Po Glazam, and singer Gunesh Abasova. These four competitors had the choice to proceed with the song they performed in the semifinal or choose a different song. In the final round, the decision fell into the hands of the jury, who also took into consideration the televoting results when they chose the winner. Ruslan Alekhno won with the song Hasta la vista.
The semifinal of Eurofest took place at the BTRC television studios and hosted by Denis Kurian and Vera Poliakova. The professional jury consisted of Mikhail Finberg, Anatoliy Yarmolenko, Vasily Rainchik, Yadviga Poplavskaya, Irina Dorofeeva, and others. After the conclusion of the fifteen songs, viewers were able to televote for their favorites free of charge. Originally, two or three performers are chosen, however the jury decided to include three artists in addition to the televote winner creating a total of four.
|1||The Champions||"Drive me crazy"||486||12|
|2||Lena Voloshina||"That's all I feel"||858||8|
|4||Ana Sharkunova & German Titov||"My budem pervye"||991||7|
|5||Ruslan Alekhno||"Hasta la vista"||6089||1|
|6||Oksana Kovalevskaya||"Vsegda odna"||271||15|
|8||Victor Pshenichniy||"Baby blue"||338||14|
|9||Gunesh||"I can't live without you"||2317||4|
|11||Po Glazam||"Devochka tryohtysachnih let"||420||13|
|15||Litesound||"Do you believe"||3967||2|
Artists competing in the final still have the choice to change their songs.
|1||Ruslan Alekhno||"Hasta la vista"||1|
|2||Litesound||"Do you believe"||—|
|3||Gunesh||"I can't live without you"||—|
|4||Po Glazam||"Devochka tryohtysachnih let"||—|
In previous years, if a country placed in the top 10 in the final, they would automatically be qualified for the final of the next contest. Had this rule remained for the 2008 contest, Belarus would have directly qualified for the final. However, a change in rules due to the large intake of countries participating in the contest meant that only five countries, the host country and the Big 4 countries, would automatically qualify for the final. As such, Belarus was required to compete in one of the two semi-finals of the 2008 contest in Serbia. Belarus took part in the second semi-final on 22 May 2008, performing in ninth position, following Czech Republic and preceding Latvia. The country finished in 17th place with 27 points, failing to qualify for the Grand Final.
|12 points||10 points||8 points||7 points||6 points|
|5 points||4 points||3 points||2 points||1 point|