The Belarusian Ministry of Culture has revealed the details of the countries selection process for Slavianski Bazaar 2018.
Belarus has launched their selection process for both the Children’s Contest and the International Pop Song Performers Contest for Slavianski Bazaar 2018. Those wishing to represent Belarus at the contest are invited to take part in auditions across the country. The rules for the International Pop Song Performers selection are as follows:
- Singers must perform two songs for the judges
- One song must be performed in Belarusian, the other song must be a pop song composed by a person from a Slavic country in a Slavic language
- Singers must be aged between 18 and 31 years as of the last day of Slavianski Bazaar 2018
For singers participating in the Children’s selection process, one song must be in Belarusian, while the other song should highlight the vocal capacity of the singer. Regional auditions are being held across Belarus in December, the dates and locations are as follows:
- Vitebsk – December 1
- Minsk – December 5
- Gomel – December 8
- Brest – December 9
- Mogilev – December 11
- Grodno – December 15
- Minsk – December 16
At each of the auditions five singers will be selected to compete in the next stage of the International Pop Song Performers Contest and the Children’s Contest. A jury composed by the Ministry of Culture will then select 10 singers from each competition to go through to the final of selection process. The final stage of Belarus’ selection will be held between March and April 2018, with a jury selecting the artists who will represent Belarus at each of the competitions.
Of note is that the Ministry of Culture reserves the right to add additional singers into the selection process, even if they do not take part in the first stage of the selection. Singers who represent Belarus internationally or domestic contests may be added to the selection process.
Source: Slavianski Bazaar
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Slavianski Bazaar has been held annually in Vibetsk, Belarus since 1992. The event consists of two competitive contests, the International Pop Song Performers Contest for singers age 18 to 31, and the Children’s Contest for those age between 7 and 12. The competition is popular in the former Soviet Union, Baltic States and the Balkans. Winners include Ruslana, Zeljko Joksimovic, Donny Montell and Alyona Lanskaya. The Children’s Contest has been held since 2003 and former winners include singers who have gone on to compete in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest. This includes former winner Ksenia Sitnik who won for Belarus in 2005.