Belarus: National final rehearsals underway; postcards and jury revealed

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With just one day left until Belarus selects their act for the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest, rehearsals are well underway in the city of Minsk with the 13 participants testing out the Belarusian stage for the very first time.

The stage is set and ready for tomorrow’s Belarusian national final, with rehearsals taking place throughout today with each of the 13 finalists at the 600m studio in the capital of Minsk.

As well as rehearsing on the national final stage today, testing was underway in the green room of the arena throughout the day together with the green room host, Evgeny Perlin.

This is the first time that the green room will be introduced to the Belarusian national final, in which the 13 artists will be interviewed backstage before and during the voting procedure.

Check out the full news report on today’s rehearsals via the official BTRC website.

National final postcards presented

Also released today were the postcards for the Belarusian national final; a short film which will be presented before each of the 13 performances tomorrow evening.

Each postcard, filmed in front of a plain white background with each finalist featuring on screen wearing neon paint on their face, is based on Belarusian ornament symbols, based on numerous elements including earth, wealth, ancestors, sun, etc.

7 jury members to cast their votes

With preparations fully underway, the Belarusian national broadcaster BTRC have released the names of the 7 jury members set to cast their votes in tomorrow’s national final, with the jury vote going on to determine 50% of the final vote.

The jury members are as follows:

  • Valeriy Dayneko (chairman of the jury): Musician and former member of folk-rock group Pesniary
  • Olga Salamakha: Deputy Director of Belarus 1
  • Elena Treshchinskaya: Director of Radius FM
  • Aleksandr Kapenkin: Editor in Chief of BelMuz TV
  • Vladimir Bogdan: Director, producer and presenter of Novoye Radio
  • Ludmila Kuts: Singer and vocal teacher
  • Inna Mardusevich: Chief Specialist of the concert and festival arts management projects of the Ministry of Culture of Belarus

The Belarusian national final will air on Belarus 1 and Belarus 24 tomorrow evening from 20:00 CET (22:00 local time), in which the country’s Eurovision 2017 representative will be determined via a 50/50 combined jury and public vote.