Junior Best of the Bunch: Belarus

Belarus are one of few nations who have participated at Junior Eurovision each year since the contest began in 2003. Throughout their long history at the contest, the nation has won twice and hosted the contest once, although it is already announced that the capital Minsk will be hosting the 2018 Junior Eurovision Song Contest. Today we’ll be recapping all their entries, and then it will be up to you to choose the Junior Best of the Bunch!

We’re starting today in 2003, where Volha Satsiuk was chosen to represent the nation on debut with the song Tantsui. It was an energetic start to the Belarusian journey at Eurovision, with plenty of catchy choreography! It was a hit, and Belarus finished in 4th place with a total of 103 points!

The following year, it was up to Yahor Vautchok to fly the Belarusian flag with the song titled Spjavajce sa mnoj. With a catchy chorus and some beautiful ballerina style backing dancers, Belarus were hoping to repeat or better the results of the previous year. Unfortunately it wasn’t to be, as Belarus plummeted to 14th place with just 9 points.

In 2005, Belarus struck gold with the young star Ksenia Sitnik who performed the catchy song My Vmeste. The winning part of the song was the universal Whoah’s which anyone could sing along with! That plus Ksenia was totally adorable, especially with that hairstyle! Belarus won the contest with a total of 149 points!

Andrei Kunets was next to represent Belarus, and his performance of the song Novyi den was well sung, and well-choreographed, and charming Andrei worked really well with the cameras. Coming off a win, the momentum was still running with Belarus, as they finished in 2nd place with a total of 129.

Belarus once again proved their strength in the contest by sending Alexey Zhigalkovich and the song S Druz’yami. It was a bit more rock oriented than their previous entries, but like their previous entries, this song had an incredibly catchy chorus which would have played a big role in their success. For the second time in 3 years, Belarus won the contest, this time with 137 points.

In 2008, running off another win, Belarus sent the trio of Dasha, Alina and Karyna with the song Serdtse Belarusi. It was a song that reminds us of the Junior version of I Love Belarus, which was the 2011 Eurovision entry for you guessed it, Belarus. Turns out Europe loved Belarus back in 2008 with this entry finishing in 6th place.

The following year, Belarus sent one of the most unique entries in the song Volshebniy Krolik which was performed by Yuriy Demidovich. It was a bit of rock, a bit of opera and a whole lot of strobe lights. It definitely stood out, but we’re not sure if it was for the right reasons! Despite that, Belarus still finished in the Top 10, finishing in 9th place with a total of 48 points.

In 2010, talented young vocalist Daniil Kozlov was selected to represent Belarus with the song Muzyki Svet. It was the first proper ballad we’d heard from Belarus at Junior Eurovision, and it was a success, with Belarus finishing in 5th place with a total of 85 points.

The next year, Lidiya Zabolotskaya flew the Belarusian flag with a song titled Angely Dobra. It was a mix of a pop song and ballad, and with the combination of a great performance and simple but effective staging, it sent Belarus into 3rd place with a total of 99 points.

The following year, Egor Zheshko bought the energy back with the song A More-more. The song had a chorus that would get stuck in your head, whether you liked it or not, but it wasn’t to everyone’s tastes, finishing in 9th place with 56 points.

In 2013, Belarus picked Ilya Volkov to represent the nation with the song Poy so mnoy. It was a song good enough to fit into Eurovision with the performance to match. Ilya was a confident performer, and all these things combined gave Belarus yet another 3rd place, this time with 108 points.

Nadezhda Misyakova was the next representative for Belarus with the song that became a fan favourite, Sokal. It was an inspired performance, and interestingly the first Junior Eurovision song performed in Belarusian language since 2008. Although expected to at least hit the Top 5, Sokal finished in 7th place with 71 points.

In 2015, Belarus sent one of their most magical songs, Volshebstvo (Magic) which was performed by the extremely talented vocalist Ruslan Aslanov. It was one of their most mature entries sent to the Junior contest, bound to gain Belarus even more success in the contest. The song managed to reach 4th place with 205 points.

That brings us to our final song of this long journey, and that’s the 2016 Belarusian entry, Muzyka Moikh Pobed which was performed by Alexander Minyonok. It was one of the more creative choreographies with hoverboards for 2016, and grew into one of our favourite songs of the year. The song finished in 7th place with 177 points.

It’s been a long journey, but we want to know which Junior Eurovision entry from Belarus is your Best of the Bunch!