Bielorussie 2008

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, was secured a place in the final, while the jury selected the bands Litesound and Po Glazam, and singer Gunesh Abasova.[1] 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 in the hands of the jury who also tooke into consideration the televoting results when they choose the winner. Ruslan Alekhno won with the song Hasta la vista.

National final

Semi-final

The semifinal of Eurofest took place at the BTRC television studios. The professional jury consisted of Mikhail Finberg, Anatoliy Yarmolenko, Vasily Rainchik, Yadviga Poplavskaya, Irina Dorofeeva, and others.[2] 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.

Draw Artist Song Title Language Televote Place Jury
Original English
1 The Champions Drive me crazy English 486 12
2 Lena Voloshina That’s all I feel English 858 8
3 Yuliya Guseva Maybe English 759 9
4 Ana Sharkunova & German Titov Мы будем первые

(My budem pervye)

We will be the first Russian 991 7
5 Ruslan Alekhno Hasta la vista English 6089 1
6 Oksana Kovalevskaya Всегда одна

(Vsegda odna)

Always alone Russian 271 15
7 PinCode You can English 1075 6
8 Victor Pshenichniy Baby blue English 338 14
9 Gunesh I can’t live without you English 2317 4 X
10 Scandal Everybody English 1689 5
11 Po Glazam Девочка трёхтысячных лет

(Devochka tryohtysachnih let)

A girl of 3000es Russian 420 13 X
12 Palats Кола млына

(Kola mlyna)

Wheel of the mill Belarusian 2438 3
13 Dali Silver sky English 679 10
14 Katrin Follow me English 663 11
15 Litesound Do you believe English 3967 2 X

Final

Artists competing in the final still have the choice to change their songs.

Draw Artist Song
1 Ruslan Alekhno Hasta la vista
2 Litesound Do you believe
3 Gunesh I can’t live without you
4 Po Glazam Devochka tryohtysachnih let

At Eurovision

Belarus took part in the second semi-final on 22 May 2008, but failed to qualify to the final.

Points Awarded by Belarus[3]

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

Spokespersons

For the 2008 contest the spokesperson for the Belarus broadcast was Olga Barabanschikova.[4]

References

  1. ^ « Belarus: the Eurofest semi final results ». Archived from the original on 2007-12-25.  Esctoday (English)
  2. ^ « Eurovision – Belarus ».  Esckaz (English) (Russian)
  3. ^ Eurovision Song Contest 2008
  4. ^ « Spokespersons ». escforum.com. Retrieved 2008-04-03. 

See also