By Darya Petrova
Since February 11th, young performers have been submitting their applications for entry. Young applicants should be at least 10 but no more than 15 years old at the time of the international competition and the contest is open to citizens of Belarus, foreign citizens and stateless persons having permanently resided in our country for at least 2.5 years. Previously unreleased songs, in either Belarusian or Russian, can be sung, composed by the entrant; assistance from adults is permissible.
The Republican contest to determine the Belarusian participant of Junior Eurovision-2011 has three stages: a selection round, semi-finals and finals. After the selection stage in April, a professional jury will choose semi-finalists and, in June, judges will select 7-10 entrants to take part in the final gala-concert. After this show, TV viewers and a professional jury will determine a Belarusian representative for the Junior Eurovision-2011 Song Contest, to be held in December in Armenia.