Eurovision 2013: Belarus selects its song for Malmo
Dec 07 2012 04:02 pm CET

The quest to win the 2013 Eurovision Song Contest began Friday with Belarus becoming the first country to select both its song and singer. Alyona Lanskaya and her song "Rhythm of Love" will represent the former Soviet country in Malmo, Sweden.

The national selection final was held Friday and streamed on the Eurovision Song Contest website. 10 songs were presented and the final decision was determined by 50% televise and 50% jury scores. Alyona Lanskaya dominated both the viewer and jury voting with her uptempo dance track.

Don't get your heart set on this song as the official entry for the Eurovision Song Contest in May. Last year Lanskaya won the national final and was later disqualified due to "voting irregularities" (and possibly because the field was dominated by female solo artists). Belarus was represented by the band Litesound in Baku, Azerbaijan, but failed to qualify for the final. In 2011, the original selection "Born in Byelorussia" by Anastasia Vinnikova was disqualified due to it being performed publicly prior to the Contest's eligibility window. "I Love Belarus" failed to qualify for the final in Dusseldorf, Germany.

The Eurovision Song Contest will be held in Malmo, Sweden in mid-May. Sweden won the 2012 ESC with the song "Euphoria" by Loreen. Also holding selections this month will be Albania, Belgium, FYR Macedonia, Lithuania, Switzerland and Ukraine.

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