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European Best Music Song Contest 12
Shine Together
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Dates
Semi-final 1 date 9 July 2019
Semi-final 2 date 11 July 2019
Final dates 22 July 2019
Host
Venue Minsk Arena, Minsk, Flag of Belarus Belarus
Presenter(s) Dmitry Koldun
Evgeny Perlin
Helena Meraai
Zinaida Kupriyanovich
Host broadcaster Belarusian Television and Radio Company (BTRC)
Opening act Semi-final 1: "Toi et moi" performed by Parade of Planets
Final: "No Roots" and "Lash Out" performed by Alice Merton
Flag parade introducing the 26 finalist countries
Interval act Semi-final 1: "Stop" performed by Helena Meraai
Semi-final 2: "Historyja Majho žyccia" performed by Naviband
Final: "Like It" performed by Zinaida Kupriyanovich
"Où est ton amour" performed by Parade of Planets
"Crying for No Reason" performed by The Big Choir
"Siren Song" performed by Maruv
Participants
Number of entries 44
Debuting countries Flag of Algeria Algeria
Flag of New Zealand New Zealand
Returning countries Flag of Bosnia and Herzegovina Bosnia and Herzegovina
Flag of Canada Canada
Flag of Czech Republic Czech Republic
Flag of Morocco Morocco
Flag of Slovakia Slovakia
Flag of Slovenia Slovenia
Flag of United States United States
Withdrawing countries Flag of Australia Australia
Flag of Cyprus Cyprus
Flag of Latvia Latvia
Flag of Malta Malta
Flag of Moldova Moldova
Flag of South Africa South Africa
Flag of Switzerland Switzerland
Vote
Voting system Each country awards 12, 10, 8–1 points to their 10 favorite songs with jury.
Winning song Flag of New Zealand Robinson - Karma
European Best Music Song Contest
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The European Best Music Song Contest 12 will be the twelfth edition of the European Best Music Song Contest. The contest will take place in Minsk, Flag of Belarus Belarus.

BelarusEdit

Belarus, a landlocked country in Eastern Europe, is known for its Stalinist architecture, grand fortifications and primeval forests. In the modern capital, Minsk, the monumental KGB Headquarters loom over Independence Square, while the Museum of the Great Patriotic War commemorates the country’s role in WWII. The capital is also home to many churches, including the neo-Romanesque Church of Saints Simon and Helena.

In the aftermath of the 1917 Russian Revolution, Belarus declared independence as the Belarusian People's Republic, which was conquered by Soviet Russia. The Socialist Soviet Republic of Byelorussia became a founding constituent republic of the Soviet Union in 1922 and was renamed as the Byelorussian Soviet Socialist Republic (Byelorussian SSR). Belarus lost almost half of its territory to Poland after the Polish–Soviet War of 1919–1921. Much of the borders of Belarus took their modern shape in 1939, when some lands of the Second Polish Republic were reintegrated into it after the Soviet invasion of Poland, and were finalized after World War II. During WWII, military operations devastated Belarus, which lost about a third of its population and more than half of its economic resources. The republic was redeveloped in the post-war years. In 1945 the Byelorussian SSR became a founding member of the United Nations, along with the Soviet Union and the Ukrainian SSR.

The parliament of the republic proclaimed the sovereignty of Belarus on 27 July 1990, and during the dissolution of the Soviet Union, Belarus declared independence on 25 August 1991. Alexander Lukashenko has served as the country's first president since 1994. Belarus has been labeled "Europe's last dictatorship" by some Western journalists, on account of Lukashenko's self-described authoritarian style of government. Lukashenko continued a number of Soviet-era policies, such as state ownership of large sections of the economy. Elections under Lukashenko's rule have been widely criticized as unfair; and according to many countries and organizations, political opposition has been violently suppressed. Belarus is also the last country in Europe using the death penalty. Belarus's Democracy Index rating is the lowest in Europe, the country is labelled as "not free" by Freedom House, as "repressed" in the Index of Economic Freedom, and is rated as by far the worst country for press freedom in Europe in the 2013–14 Press Freedom Index published by Reporters Without Borders, which ranks Belarus 157th out of 180 nations.

MinskEdit

Minsk, capital of Belarus, is a modern city dominated by monumental Stalinist architecture. Many of its museums, theaters and other cultural attractions line Independence Avenue (Praspyekt Nyezalyezhnastsi), a wide, 15km-long thoroughfare leading to vast Independence Square. Looming over this iconic plaza are massive KGB Headquarters and the neo-Romanesque Church of Saints Simon and Helena, also known as Red Church

The earliest historical references to Minsk date to the 11th century (1067), when it was noted as a provincial city within the Principality of Polotsk. The settlement developed on the rivers. In 1242, Minsk became part of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania. It received town privileges in 1499.

From 1569, it was a capital of the Minsk Voivodeship, in the Polish–Lithuanian Commonwealth. It was part of a region annexed by the Russian Empire in 1793, as a consequence of the Second Partition of Poland. From 1919 to 1991, after the Russian Revolution, Minsk was the capital of the Byelorussian Soviet Socialist Republic, in the Soviet Union. In June 2019, Minsk will host the 2019 European Games. Tourists who have accreditation cards or tickets to sporting events can visit the country from 10 June till 10 July 2019 without a visa.

Minsk ArenaEdit

Minsk Arena (Belarusian: Мінск-Арэна), known locally as the Botvinik Arena, (Russian: Арена Ботвинника, Belarusian: Арэна Бaтвiнiка) is the main indoor arena in Minsk, Belarus.

Along the main arena, the Minsk-Arena complex includes four venues which are the arena itself (hosting 15,000 spectators), a cycling track (hosting 2,000 spectators), a skating stadium (3,000 spectators) and a multilevel parking structure.

Semi Final 1Edit

Flag of Belarus Belarus, Flag of Israel Israel and Flag of South Korea South Korea will also vote in this semi-final.

Draw Country Artist Song Place Points
01 Flag of Russia Russia Anna Zak "Tik Tok" 2 243
02 Flag of Belgium Belgium Mustii "Feed Me" 13 100
03 Flag of Kazakhstan Kazakhstan Iceblue "The Mask" 16 67
04 Flag of Sweden Sweden Rhys "Too Good to Be True" 6 169
05 Flag of Armenia Armenia Asmik Shiroyan "Im Anuxeli (Knamol)" 7 165
06 Flag of Germany Germany Lilly Among Clouds "Wasting My Time" 1 276
07 Flag of Finland Finland Felix Jaehn feat. Alma "Bonfire" 12 104
08 Flag of Netherlands Netherlands Eva Simons & Sidney Sampson  "Escape from Love" 9 131
09 Flag of United States United States Far Out feat. Alina Renae "Chains" 18 49
10 Flag of Bosnia and Herzegovina Bosnia and Herzegovina Maya Berović "Pauza" 10 129
11 Flag of Slovakia Slovakia Hrdza "Shirt" 15 74
12 Flag of Estonia Estonia Kerli "Feral Hearts" 11 121
13 Flag of Morocco Morocco Manal "Taj" 17 52
14 Flag of Poland Poland Sylwia Grzeszczak "Tamta dziewczyna" 4 202
15 Flag of Portugal Portugal David Carreira feat. Deejay Télio & Mc Zuka "O Problema É Que Ela É Linda" 14 98
16 Flag of Hungary Hungary Tolvai Reni feat. Kállay Saunders "Say" 5 178
17 Flag of Serbia Serbia Pedja London feat. Tea Terović "Zdravo, Dovidjenja" 19 45
18 Flag of Lithuania Lithuania Paula "Body Talk" 8 164
19 Flag of Croatia Croatia Severina feat. Leon "Hazarder" 3 243

Semi Final 2Edit

Flag of France France, Flag of San Marino San Marino and the Flag of United Kingdom United Kingdom will also vote in this semi-final.

Draw Country Artist Song Place Points
01 Flag of Iceland Iceland Sylvia Erla "Gone" 10 127
02 Flag of Spain Spain Manolo Garcia "Nunca es tarde" 18 29
03 Flag of Bulgaria Bulgaria Yanista & ARTi "Boom Dale" 16 47
04 Flag of Ireland Ireland Lyra "Falling" 5 225
05 Flag of Algeria Algeria Indila "Tourner dans la vide" 6 171
06 Flag of Turkey Turkey Aybüke Albere "Ne Diyorsan" 15 53
07 Flag of Austria Austria Naked Cameo "Coming for Me" 19 29
08 Flag of Norway Norway R3HAB & Julie Bergan "Don't Give Up on Me Now" 3 254
09 Flag of Greece Greece Sergio T feat. Dim Gerrard & Chris Karr "Fallin" 14 75
10 Flag of Denmark Denmark Julie & Nina "League of Light" 8 158
11 Flag of Canada Canada Michelle Treacy "Armageddon" 7 159
12 Flag of Czech Republic Czech Republic Mikolas Josef feat. Fito Blanko & Frankie J "Acapella" 11 116
13 Flag of Ukraine Ukraine Taynna "Kvitka" 13 88
14 Flag of Romania Romania INNA "No Help" 1 292
15 Flag of Albania Albania Elvana Gjata x Capital T "Fustani" 17 41
16 Flag of Italy Italy Elodie, Michele Bravi & Guè Pequeno "Nero Bali" 4 239
17 Flag of North Macedonia North Macedonia Generdyn feat. FJØRA "Bridges" 9 157
18 Flag of New Zealand New Zealand Robinson "Karma" 2 269
19 Flag of Slovenia Slovenia Klemen Slakonja "Golden Dump" 12 110

FinalEdit

Qualifiers must vote in the final but others can too.

Draw Country Artist Song Place Points
01 Flag of United Kingdom United Kingdom Alice Chater "Hourglass" 5 152
02 Flag of North Macedonia North Macedonia Generdyn feat. FJØRA "Bridges" 8 140
03 Flag of Armenia Armenia Asmik Shiroyan "Im Anuxeli (Knamol)" 23 49
04 Flag of Poland Poland Sylwia Grzeszczak "Tamta dziewczyna" 20 64
05 Flag of Italy Italy Elodie, Michele Bravi & Guè Pequeno "Nero Bali" 7 144
06 Flag of Lithuania Lithuania Paula "Body Talk" 22 52
07 Flag of Russia Russia Anna Zak "Tik Tok" 17 81
08 Flag of Algeria Algeria Indila "Tourner dans la vide" 11 100
09 Flag of Norway Norway R3HAB & Julie Bergan "Don't Give Up on Me Now" 3 154
10 Flag of Netherlands Netherlands Eva Simons & Sidney Sampson  "Escape from Love" 14 87
11 Flag of Sweden Sweden Rhys "Too Good to Be True" 9 119
12 Flag of Ireland Ireland Lyra "Falling" 4 152
13 Flag of Germany Germany Lilly Among Clouds "Wasting My Time" 6 148
14 Flag of San Marino San Marino Valentina Monetta "L'amour verrà" 21 55
15 Flag of Croatia Croatia Severina feat. Leon "Hazarder" 12 98
16 Flag of Canada Canada Michelle Treacy "Armageddon" 16 82
17 Flag of Iceland Iceland Sylvia Erla "Gone" 25 48
18 Flag of Bosnia and Herzegovina Bosnia and Herzegovina Maya Berović "Pauza" 24 49
19 Flag of Israel Israel The Young Professionals feat. Anna F. "All of it But Me" 18 78
20 Flag of Romania Romania INNA "No Help" 2 164
21 Flag of Belarus Belarus Alexander Rybak "I Came to Love You" 26 24
22 Flag of France France Jenifer "Notre idylle" 10 100
23 Flag of Hungary Hungary Tolvai Reni feat. Kállay Saunders "Say" 15 86
24 Flag of South Korea South Korea Red Velvet "Peek-A-Boo" 13 93
25 Flag of New Zealand New Zealand Robinson "Karma" 1 169
26 Flag of Denmark Denmark Julie & Nina "League of Light" 19 64
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