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
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Belarus participated in the Eurovision Song Contest 2011 in Düsseldorf, Germany, selecting their entry internally for the second time in a row.[2] This was the country's eighth participation in the contest since 2004.[3]

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 has been made.[4][5]

Internal Selection[edit]

Just like 2010, the Belarusian representative in the 2011 Eurovision Song Contest will be internally chosen by an expert jury. Until 21 February, interested singers can send in their potential entries. The jury will then evaluate all songs and pick a winner by 1 March. There are no limitations regarding the nationality of the singers and songwriters taking part in the open selection.[6]

On 28 February it was announced that Anastasia Vinnikova will represent the country with the song "Born in Byelorussia".[7] Later on 3 March it was announced that the lyrics of the song will be changed to "I Am Belarusian" as the song quoted memories from the Soviet Union period.[8] However on 12 March the song was withdrawn, after it was discovered that it was performed in public in the summer of 2010, and was replaced with the new song "I Love Belarus".[9]

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[10][edit]