Anastasia Vinnikova: "I Love Belarus"
Getting their entry into the EBU right before the deadline, Belarus has just released their official replacement for the disqualified “Born in Bielorussia” and “I am Belarussian”. Imaginatively, it’s called “I Love Belarus”.
Now, I love a dulcimer just as much as the next girl, but even that can’t save this one. I don’t mind a song with a touch of national pride (as we see with the revamped Albanian entry), but when it’s coming from the last dictatorship in Europe, it comes off as forced. This is a bit of an improvement over the songs that it replaced, but I can’t shake the indelible aura of “Stockholm Syndrome” that surrounds it. Anastasia’s voice isn’t bad, and if given the right song, she could have done something really special, but I would personally be shocked if this qualified for the finals.
Hopefully, this means that the Belarussian soap opera will be over…at least, until ESC 2012!