Belarus in the Eurovision Song Contest 2019

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Eurovision Song Contest 2019
Country Belarus
National selection
Selection processNationalny Otbor
Selection date(s)7 March 2019
Selected entrantZENA
Selected song"Like It"
Selected songwriter(s)
Finals performance
Semi-final resultQualified (10th, 122 points)
Final result24th, 31 points
Belarus in the Eurovision Song Contest
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Belarus participated in the Eurovision Song Contest 2019. The Belarusian broadcaster National State Television and Radio Company of the Republic of Belarus (BTRC) organised a national final in order to select the Belarusian entry for the 2019 contest in Tel Aviv, Israel.


Prior to the 2019 Contest, Belarus had participated in the Eurovision Song Contest fifteen times since its first entry in 2004.[1] The nation's best placing in the contest was sixth, which it achieved in 2007 with the song "Work Your Magic" performed by Dmitry Koldun. Following the introduction of semi-finals for the 2004, Belarus had managed to qualify to the final five times. In 2017, Belarus managed to qualify to the final with the song "Historyja majho žyccia (Story of My Life)" performed by Naviband. In 2018, Belarus failed to qualify to the final with the song "Forever" performed by Alekseev ending in the 16th place with 65 points.

The Belarusian national broadcaster, National State Television and Radio Company of the Republic of Belarus (BTRC), broadcasts the event within Belarus and organises the selection process for the nation's entry. The broadcaster has used both internal selections and national finals to select the Belarusian entry for Eurovision in the past. Since 2012, BTRC has organised a national final in order to choose Belarus' entry, a selection procedure that will continue for their 2019 entry.[2]

Before Eurovision[edit]

National Final[edit]

Competing entries[edit]

On the 1st of February it was announced that 113 songs had been submitted for the national final. 73 participating songs were performed during an audition on 4th February 2019.[3] From this, the expert jury chose the 10 finalists that would compete in the televised national final.

Artist Song (English translation) Composer(s)
Alyona Gorbachova "Can We Dream" Leonid Shyrin, Aleksey Shyrin
Aura "Čaravala" Evgeniy Oleynik
BLGN & Mirex "Champion" Sasha Balagan, Mirex Silva
Eva Kogan "Run" Leonid Shyrin, Natalia Tambovtseva
KeySi "No Love Lost" Dmitriy Fomich, Kseniya Fomich
Michael Soul "Humanize" Michael Soul, Yuliya Kolovertnykh, Andrey Katikov, Vladislav Pashkevich
NAPOLI "Let It Go" Aleksandra Tkach
PROvokatsiya "Running Away from the Sun" Kirill Good, Denis Yasuchenya
Sebastian Roos "Never Getting Close" Alberto Estebanez, Lars Carlsson, Björn Ledelius, Sebastian Roos
ZENA "Like It" Yulia Kireeva, Viktor Drobysh, Zinaida Kupriyanovich


The final took place on 7 March 2019. The winner was decided exclusively by a professional jury panel. Each jury member awarded every song from 0 to 10 points.[4]

Draw Artist Song Points Place
1 Michael Soul "Humanize" 59 4
2 ZENA "Like It" 69 1
3 Eva Kogan "Run" 54 10
4 BLGN & Mirex "Champion" 65 2
5 Sebastian Roos "Never Getting Close" 62 3
6 Alyona Gorbachova "Can We Dream" 59 4
7 PROvokatsiya "Running Away from the Sun" 55 8
8 Aura "Čaravala" 55 8
9 NAPOLI "Let It Go" 58 7
10 KeySi "No Love Lost" 59 4


ZENA made several appearances across Europe to specifically promote "Like It" as the Belarusian Eurovision entry. On 6 April, she performed during the Eurovision in Concert event at the AFAS Live venue in Amsterdam, hosted by Cornald Maas and Marlayne, to over 4500 spectators.[5] ZENA also performed during the London Eurovision Party in London on 14 April at the Café de Paris venue, which was hosted by Nicki French and Paddy O'Connell.[6]

At Eurovision[edit]

According to Eurovision rules, all nations with the exceptions of the host country and the "Big 5" (France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom) are required to qualify from one of two semi-finals in order to compete for the final; the top ten countries from each semi-final progress to the final. The European Broadcasting Union (EBU) split up the competing countries into six different pots based on voting patterns from previous contests, with countries with favourable voting histories put into the same pot. On 28 January 2019, a special allocation draw was held which placed each country into one of the two semi-finals, as well as which half of the show they would perform in. Belarus was placed into the first semi-final, to be held on 14 May 2019, and was scheduled to perform in the first half of the show.[7]

Once all the competing songs for the 2019 contest had been released, the running order for the semi-finals was decided by the shows' producers rather than through another draw, so that similar songs were not placed next to each other. Belarus was set to perform in position 8, following the entry from Hungary and preceding the entry from Serbia.[8]


Belarus performed eighth in the first semi-final, following the entry from Hungary and preceding the entry from Serbia.At the end of the show, Belarus was announced as having finished in the top 10 and subsequently qualifying for the grand final.It was later revealed that Belarus placed tenth in the semi-final, receiving a total of 122 points: 44 points from the televoting and 78 points from the juries.


Voting during the three shows involved each country awarding two sets of points from 1-8, 10 and 12: one from their professional jury and the other from televoting. Each nation's jury consisted of five music industry professionals who are citizens of the country they represent, with their names published before the contest to ensure transparency. This jury judged each entry based on: vocal capacity; the stage performance; the song's composition and originality; and the overall impression by the act. In addition, no member of a national jury was permitted to be related in any way to any of the competing acts in such a way that they cannot vote impartially and independently. The individual rankings of each jury member as well as the nation's televoting results will be released shortly after the grand final.[9]

Points awarded to Belarus[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
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
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]

Split voting results[edit]

The following five members comprised the Belarussian jury:[9]

  • Valeriy Prigun – Chairperson – singer
  • Anastasiya Tikhanovitch – singer, producer
  • Artsem Mikhalenka – singer, TV host
  • Anzhela Mikulskaya – TV producer
  • Olga Rizhikova – singer, TV host, songwriter

The Belarussian jury was fired after the first semi-final for partially revealing their results early and was not replaced by another jury.

The Belarussian "jury" vote for the final was an average of the jury votes of the other four countries in their semifinal drawing pot (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, and Russia; had Ukraine not withdrawn, their jury vote would also have been used in the calculation). Due to an error by tabulators Digame and Ernst & Young, the wrong jury vote was presented during the live broadcast - the bottom 10 countries in the aggregate were incorrectly awarded the Belarussian points, which appeared to give Israel their only jury points. Several days after the broadcast, the EBU corrected the voting (the table above reflects the correct jury vote).


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