Tonight Israel will become the latest nation to select their participants for the 26th edition of Slavianski Bazaar this July in Vibetsk, Belarus.

The Israeli selection is being held tonight in the city of Ashod. The selection is organised by the International Centre for Cultural Relations “Israel-Belarus”. Israel will select the singers who will represent them at the Children’s and International Pop Song Performers Contest of Slavianski Bazaar 2017.

To date Israel has won the International Pop Song Performers Contest once, in 1998 Rafael Dahan won the contest. Rafael went on to represent Israel at the Eurovision Song Contest 1999 in Jerusalem as part of the group Eden. In 2005 Shay finished joint 3rd with Belarus’ Gunesh, while in 2016 Anna Timofei finished joint 5th alongside the singer from Georgia.

To date the following countries have selected their singers for this years contest in Belarus:

  • Estonia
  • Lithuania
  • Macedonia
  • Moldova
  • Romania

While the following countries have confirmed their participation:

  • Belarus
  • Czech Republic
  • Russia
  • Italy
  • Kazakhstan
  • Latvia
  • Malta
  • Russia
  • 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.