Lithuania has selected Paulina Paulauskaitė to represent them in the International Pop Song Performers Contest at Slavianski Bazaar 2017.
Last weekend saw Lithuania select their participants for the 26th edition of Slavianski Bazaar in Vibetsk, Belarus. The Lithuanian selection process was tight in both the International Pop Song Performers Contest and the Children’s Contest. In the International Pop Song selection Paulina Paulauskaitė just managed to beat out competition from fellow X Factor participant Marija Grabštaitė. In the event that Paulina is unable to compete in Belarus, Marija will represent them.
In the Children’s Competition Alana Sport was selected as the winner from a number of young talents from across Lithuania. Alana will be hoping to be the first winner of the Children’s Contest from Lithuania.
Lithuania has won the International Pop Song Performers competition once in 2008. The Lithuanian winner was Donny Montell who has gone on to represent his country at the Eurovision Song Contest on two occasions. Other notable results include a third place finish in 2011 and a fourth place finish at the 2009 contest. The country has also participated in the children’s contest but has failed to win the contest so far.
To date the following countries have confirmed their participation in this years contest:
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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.