Belarus has selected Egor Sharankov and Mariya Magilnaya to represent them at the 26th edition of Slavianski Bazaar this July in Vibetsk.

Today Belarus held their selection finals for both the Children’s and International Pop Song Performers Contest in Minsk, with 10 singers competing in each final. 19 year old Egor Sharankov has been selected to compete in the International Pop Song Performers contest having scored a total of 171 points, beating his closest competitor by two points. For the first time ever the selection has been recorded for broadcast on television, with the show being broadcast on March 25 on Belarus 3.

The full results of the contest are as follows:

  1. Egor Sharankov – 171 points
  2. Kirill Yermakov – 169
  3. Nina Zhukovskaya – 160
  4. Yekaterina Sychevskaya – 156
  5. Zlata Larchenko – 153
  6. Anastasiya Lushchik – 150
  7. Marina Baranovskaya – 148
  8. Irina Zamulko – 147
  9. Darya Pravashinskaya – 143
  10. Olesya Podgrusha (Sergeychik) – 143

In the children’s competition it was Mariya Magilnaya who has been selected to represent Belarus. The 12 year singer topped the score board with a total of 88 points from the jury. She has twice previously attempted to represent Belarus at the Junior Eurovision Song Contest, but failed to win the selection. Mariya has been singing since the age of four and is aiming to be a singer and actress in the future.

To date Belarus has won the contest on five occasions making them the most successful country in the contest. Former Belarusian winners include Petr Elfimov, Polina Smolova and Alyona Lanskaya, all three of these artists have gone on to compete in the Eurovision Song Contest. In 2016 Belarus won the contest once again represented by Alexey Gross.

Source: Belta, Belta

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.