Belarus in the Eurovision Song Contest 2011

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Eurovision Song Contest 2011
Country  Belarus
National selection
Selection process Internal selection
Selection date(s) 12 March 2011
Selected entrant Anastasia Vinnikova
Selected song "I Love Belarus"
Finals performance
Semi-final result Failed to qualify (14th)
Belarus in the Eurovision Song Contest
◄2010 2011 2012►

Belarus participated in the Eurovision Song Contest 2011 in Düsseldorf, Germany, selecting their entry internally for the second time in a row.[1] This was the country's eighth participation in the contest since 2004.[2]

Initial rumours[edit]

Serbian newspaper Blic reported that Serbian producer Željko Joksimović, who represented Serbia and Montenegro in 2004 and produced the Bosnian and Herzegovinian song in 2006 and the Serbian song in 2008, was chosen to write the 2011 Belarusian Eurovision entry for Irina Dorofeeva; official confirmation was made.[3][4]

Internal selection[edit]

Just as in 2010, the Belarusian representative in the 2011 Eurovision Song Contest was internally chosen by an expert jury. Until 21 February, interested singers sent in their potential entries. The jury then evaluated all songs and picked a winner by 1 March. There were no limitations regarding the nationality of the singers and songwriters taking part in the open selection.[5]

On 28 February it was announced that Anastasia Vinnikova would represent the country with the song "Born in Byelorussia".[6] On 3 March it was announced that the lyrics of the song would be changed to "I Am Belarusian", as the song quoted memories from the Soviet Union period.[7] However, on 12 March the song was withdrawn, after it was discovered that it had been performed in public in the summer of 2010, and was replaced with the new song "I Love Belarus".[8]

At Eurovision[edit]

Belarus performed sixteenth in the second semi-final of the contest on 12 May. Belarus placed fourteenth with 45 points and failed to qualify for the final.

Points awarded by Belarus[edit]

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

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Bakker, Sietse (31 December 2010). "43 nations on 2011 participants list!". European Broadcasting Union. Retrieved 31 December 2010. 
  2. ^ "Belarus Country Profile". European Broadcasting Union. Archived from the original on 31 December 2010. Retrieved 2 January 2011. 
  3. ^ Sanjay, Jiandani (15 January 2011). "Belarus: Zeljko Joksimovic to pen the Belarus entry?". Retrieved 15 January 2011. 
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-01-18. Retrieved 2011-01-15.  | Željko Joksimović to compose entry?
  5. ^ Brey, Marco (25 January 2011). "Belarus: Call for entries for internal selection". Retrieved 25 January 2011. 
  6. ^ Busa, Alexandru (2011-02-26). "Anastasia Vinnikova to represent Belarus in Düsseldorf". ESCToday. Archived from the original on 2011-03-02. Retrieved 2011-02-28. 
  7. ^ Brey, Marco (2011-03-03). "Belarus: Song lyrics changed to "I Am Belarusian"". EBU. Retrieved 2011-03-03. 
  8. ^ Busa, Alexandru (2011-03-12). "Anastasia Vinnikova to sing I love Belarus". ESCToday. Archived from the original on 2011-03-14. Retrieved 2011-03-12. 

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