During their national final in Minsk, Belarus decided that VAL, with the song 'Da Vidna', will represent them at the Eurovision Song Contest 2020 in Rotterdam. VAL will perform in the first half of the first Semi-Final on 12 May.
VAL is a duo consisting of couple Valerie Gribusova and Vlad Pashkevich. They experiment with genres such as house, R&B, pop and hip-hop, combined with vogue and fashion. Since the launch of their first single Кто ты есть (Who Are You), the couple has been pushing the boundaries of their music and performance.
Lead singer, songwriter and dancer Valerie Gribusova previously participated in The Voice of Ukraine and won the singing competition Slavic Bazaar.
Vlad Pashkevich is a music producer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist whose production studio ToneTwins produced Belarus’ Eurovision 2017 entry Story Of My Life by Naviband.
The winner of Belarus' national selection was decided by a combination of 50% jury vote (first column in the picture) and 50% televote (second figure):
The Belarusian national final was hosted by 2 familiar faces: Junior Eurovision 2018 presenters Helena Meraai and Eugene Perlin. Helena also represented Belarus at the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2017. Co-host ZENA, pictured on the left, represented Belarus at the Eurovision Song Contest 2019 with the song Like It.
How do you like VAL's entry? Let us know in the comments!
Posted 27 January 2020 at 22:12 CET
Belarus announces artists and song titles for national selection
The names of the artists, song titles, running order and the date of the Belarusian national selection show have been revealed! On 28 February, the 12 artists will compete for a ticket to Rotterdam.
The 12 artists have officially drawn for their place in the running order, as well. The artists, in order of performance, are:
Olga Shimanskaya (NAPOLI) - Do Not Let Me Down
Alexandra Zakharik (Sasha Zakharik) - Rocky Road
Anastasiya Vakhomchik (Malashkevich Anastasiya) - Invisible
Olga Grigoryeva, Julia Yanochkina, Svetlana Kaufman (CHAKRAS) - La-ley-la
Anastasiya Glamozda - Burning Again
Anastasiya Razvadovskaya - Hello
Yan Yaroche - Fire
Angelika Pushnova - True Love
Darya Khmelnitskaya - On Fire
Julia Bykova (AURA) - Forbid Them
Ekaterina Smolskaya (KeyCi) - Chili Pepper
Valeria Gribusova, Vladislav Pashkevich (VAL) - Until Dawn
Preparations for the national selection show have already begun; the finalists are discussing the details of their stage performances and their introduction videos will be shot next week.
Stay tuned for the final on 28 February!
Posted 27 January 2020 at 22:12 CET
Public broadcaster BTRC has revealed that the national selection process for the Belarusian delegate for Rotterdam is underway.
BTRC began the vetting process by listening to each of the 49 participants for Eurovision 2020, already narrowed down from 95 initial applicants, live in the studio. The 49 artists who have made it this far were selected by a local focus group, amongst them brand new voices as well as some that have represented Belarus at Eurovision in the past.
The contestants performed songs in Belarusian, Russian, French and English and were evaluated by a 10-person jury panel composed of professional musicians, producers and past Eurovision participants. The expert jury chose 12 finalists that would compete in the televised national final.
Belarus in the Eurovision Song Contest
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.
Last year, ZENA won Belarus' national selection and represented her country at the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest in Tel Aviv with her song Like It.