Tonight Belarus and Latvia will select their participants for the 26th edition of Slavianski Bazaar in Vibetsk, Belarus.

Belarus – Selection Final

A total of 20 singers are competing tonight in Minsk to represent Belarus at the 26th edition of Slavianski Bazaar this July in Vibetsk.

A total of 72 singers from across Belarus took part in audition rounds across the country during December, with the best 10 in each category going through to the final stages of the selection process. The Ministry of Culture of Belarus will select the singers who will represent Belarus in the International Pop Song Performers and the Children’s Competition.

Finalists in the children’s contest are:

  1. Alesya Vitols
  2. Mariya Dudar
  3. Mariya Zhilina
  4. Angelina Lomako
  5. Mariya Magilnaya
  6. Kirill Mashevskiy
  7. Arina Pekhtereva
  8. Artem Skorol
  9. Stefaniya Smirnova
  10. Anfisa Khmelevskaya

Finalists in the international pop song performers contest are:

  1. Marina Baranovskaya
  2. Kirill Yermakov
  3. Irina Zamulko
  4. Nina Zhukovskaya
  5. Zlata Larchenko
  6. Anastasiya Lushchik
  7. Olesya Podgrusha (Sergeychik)
  8. Darya Pravashinskaya
  9. Yekaterina Sychevskaya
  10. Yegor Sharankov

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.

Latvia – Selection Final

Samanta Tina

Image Source: Sputnik Russia

Tonight Latvia will select the singers who will represent them at the Children’s and International Pop Song Performers Contest of Slavianski Bazaar 2017. The final of the selection is being held at the Splendid Palace in Riga. The selection process is being organised by the Eiropas mūzikas bērnu centrs.

Latvia has a mixed record at the contest having finished within the top five of the International Pop Song Performer’s competition just once. Samanta Tina finished second in the competition in 2012, since participating in Slavianski Bazaar, Samanta has tried to represent Latvia and Lithuania at the Eurovision Song Contest.

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.