This weekend Russia will select their singers for the 26th edition of Slavianski Bazaar in Vibetsk, Russia with two days of auditions being held.

Russia selects their participants for Slavianski Bazaar 2016 in the capital, Moscow this weekend. The applications process was opened by the Russian Ministry of Culture in February, they will be selecting the countries entrants in both the International Pop Song Performers contest and the Children’s competition.

Russia has a long history competing in Slavianski Bazaar and has won the International Pop Song Performers Contest on three occasions. Teona Dolnikova was the first singer to win for Russia in 2001, this was followed by Aksana Bahasloŭskaja in 2006 and Dmitri Danilienka in 2009. Since their last victory in 2009 the country has failed to place within the top three of the competition.

The country has however had more recent success in the Children’s Competition with Anastasiya Gladilina winning last years contest. She is the third singer from Russia to have won the competition, following on from Roman Grychushnikav in 2004 and Lara in 2008.

The following countries have selected their entrants so far:

  • Belarus
  • Czech Republic
  • Estonia
  • Israel
  • Italy
  • Kazakhstan
  • Latvia
  • Lithuania
  • Macedonia
  • Malta
  • Moldova
  • Romania
  • Ukraine
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.