Belarus joined the Eurovision Song Contest in 2004 and qualified for the Grand Final in 2007 for the first time, when Dmitry Koldun scored the best ever placing for Belarus at that time, sixth.
Over the years, Belarus has used a combination of internal selections and national finals to choose its Eurovision Song Contest entry. Whilst Belarus has never won the Eurovision Song Contest, Alexander Rybak, the winner of the 2009 contest for Norway is actually from Belarus originally.
The country has achieved great success in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest winning the competition in 2005 and 2007. The country hosted the Junior Eurovision Song Contest in the capital Minsk in 2010 and 2018. Ice hockey and football are most popular sports in Belarus.