Belarus. Belarus has released details of its Eurovision selection process and announced a call for artists. They’re seeking both singers and songwriters. In the first stage a panel will narrow the options to 15 singers and will then pair songs with the singers. (Did you really think this was going to be a fully democratic process?) A televised semifinal, to be held in December 2011, will narrow the options to 5 singers. The final will be held January 2012.
Interested parties should send an application with note “Project “EuroFest” to the address of Belteleradiocompany (220807, Minsk, Makaenka Str., 9). Rules and the application form will be published on http://www.tvr.by (section “Projects”). As of the time of writing, however, the application form and rules were not yet available. Submissions will be accepted November 1-25.
Lithuania. In its efforts to keep up with the Baltic Joneses, Lithuania has announced its call for entries. The window will be open for quite a while as Lithuania is accepting submissions through December 31, 2011. Perhaps that’ll give Sasha Son and Donny Montell enough time this year to write a duet that doesn’t suck. (Assuming of course that Donny wants to share the spotlight). More information about the selection process can be found here. Tip of the hat to eurodiena.lt, as information about the contest is easier to find there than at lrt.lv.
Special video bonus: Here’s Donny Montell and Robin Juhkental from Malcolm Lincoln at the Purple Night Concert in Vilnius, May 2011. There are no words.
Check out our other Open Call Roundup posts:
Defending Champion Edition
Desperate Swiss Edition
8/30/11 update (with info about Albania, Bulgaria, Denmark, Latvia and Malta)
7/20/11 update (with info about Finland and Switzerland)
7/9/11 (with info about Sweden, Norway, Germany, and the Netherlands)
Calling all Slovenians