Category Archives: Belarus

A Bite of “Cheesecake”: TEO wins in Belarus

Well, it’s not a National Final in Belarus without a bit of controversy, is it?  After fourteen entrants (and a seemingly endless cavalcade of interval performances, including former participants Alyona Lanskaya, Polina Smolova, and Ruslan Alekhno), a split jury/televote decision led to a tie at the top of the leaderboard.

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Preview: National Final in Belarus

The Belorussian National Final, scheduled for Friday, January 10th, will bring together fourteen acts, all vying for the ticket to Copenhagen.  With performances by 2013 representative Alyona Lanskaya, 2006 alumna Polina Smolova, and recent Türkviziyon silver medalist (and occasional Eurofest participant) Gunesh Abasova, the show will be live-streamed on Eurovision.tv. Read the rest of this entry

JESC 2013 Preview: Part 1

Well, we’re just about at the apogee of the Eurovision calendar, when we’ve got as much time behind our last ESC experience as we do before the next one.  For some, that means that broadcasters are just beginning to publicize their plans, and the first names are beginning to be announced for a few early-bird nations.  However, as the plans for the grown-ups lie somewhat dormant, their younger counterparts are gearing up for their turn in the spotlight.

This year’s Junior Eurovision Song Contest will take place on November 30 in “Ukraine Palace of Arts”, located in the heart of Kiev.  The event will be hosted by 2013 ESC representative Zlata Ognevich and 2005 JESC host Timor Miroshnychenko (try saying that five times fast!), with musical appearances from Ruslana, Emmelie de Forest, and Zlata herself. Read the rest of this entry

Belarus has decided…it’s Alyona Lanskaya (again?)

Well, as the great Yogi Berra said, “it’s déjà vu all over again”!

Just as in last year’s Eurofest, Alyona Lanskaya was declared the winner in tonight’s 10-song National Final.  Unlike last year, Alyona has brought an upbeat dance number, “Rhythm of Love”, to the table.  Taking the maximum points from both the jury and the public televote, it looks like the 27-year-old from Mogilev will likely* get her shot at the Eurovision spotlight.  Read the rest of this entry

Preview: Eurofest in Belarus

Ladies and gentlemen, here we are.  After months of Post Eurovision Depression, we can finally blow the dust off of our chisels as we start to carve the first new names into ESC History for this year.

(Or, at least, we’ll try.  This is Belarus, after all.)

Friday, December 7 brings us the first National Final of the 2013 calendar, when all eyes turn to Minsk, Belarus and Eurofest.  Ten songs will compete for the right to represent their homeland in Sweden this May, and hopefully bring the nation back into the Finals for the first time since 2010.  Some are familiar names to those who keep an eye on the National Final scene (or, at least, keep an eye on Eurovision scandals).  Let’s take a look at the roster: Read the rest of this entry

A Switch in Belarus: Litesound to Baku

It’s just not Eurovision without a bit of drama from Belarus, is it?  Back on Valentine’s Day, a five-song National Final, “Eurofest”, was held, with Alyona Lanskaya being declared the winner with “All My Life”.  However, earlier today, a press conference was held, stating that due to allegations of vote-fixing and corruption, the results of “Eurofest” have been nullified in favor of the runners-up, popular Minsk-based band Litesound. Read the rest of this entry

Belarus has decided: it’s Alyona Lanskaya!

Well, another day passes, and we’ve got another name to add to our ever-growing roster of artists for Eurovision 2012.  As a special Valentine’s Day gift to ESC Fans, Belarus held the finals of Eurofest today, giving us the name of our 20th act for Baku.  And after a decision that split the opinions of the professionals and the public, jury pick Alyona Lanskaya has won the right to represent her homeland. Read the rest of this entry

Five Finalists Announced in Belarus

The preliminary round of Belarus’s Eurofest has just wrapped up, and after a rundown of fifteen semifinalists in Minsk, a 50/50 jury/televote split narrowed the contestants down into a Top Five.  The lucky finalists are:

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Sneak Preview: Belorussian Semifinal

On Wednesday, December 21st, Belorussian broadcaster BTRC will hold the first public portion of their National Final, where a list of fifteen names will be whittled down into a Top Five.  Those top contenders (selected by a jury and televote) are scheduled to duke it out sometime in January.

The fifteen candidates (in their scheduled running order) are: Read the rest of this entry

New Videos/Versions for Bulgaria, Russia, Slovenia, Poland, and Belarus

Over the past few days, a number of official videos have been released for some of this year’s entries (and we’re still expecting ones from Israel, the UK, Armenia, Sweden, and Azerbaijan).  Plus, we’ve got new translations for a few entries!  Let’s get right to it:

Starting off, Bulgaria’s Poli Genova released the official clip for “Na Inat (For Spite)”, and I must say that I’m really impressed!

This new video blends the anthemic pop-rock vibe of Poli’s National Final performance with the universal message of “we can change the world together” that is all-so-prevalent in Eurovision.  Those who don’t understand Bulgarian (like me, for example) will be able to hone into Poli’s meaning pretty easily (if Miss Genova releasing a dove at the end doesn’t hammer it home, you might need your head checked). 

Next, Russia’s Alexey Vorobyov (aka “Alex Sparrow”) released his video for “Get You”, although it looks to be a poor re-edit of the clip for his song “Bam Bam!“.

If you’re going to use clips from your previous singles for your Eurovision promo video, an artist had better make sure that it’s a convincing edit.  The best example of this would have to be the Ukraine’s 2009 clip for “Be My Valentine“, which took pieces from Svetlana Loboda’s earlier songs “Ne Macho“, “Postoy, Muschina!“, and “Mishka“, with only little snippets of new footage.  For “Get You”, however, the lip-syncing seems off, and (for lack of a better word), this just seems sleazy.  Ok, Alex, we get it.  You’re good looking, you likely have your pick of any woman in Russia, and you could probably kick the teeth out of someone who would get in your way.  Good for you.  Moving on…

Oh, Slovenia…you had such promise.  I loved the original Slovene version of your entry “Vaniljia”, and even when it was translated into English, I could look past a few pronunciation errors and still appreciate Maja Keuc’s powerful vocals and dramatic flair.  But the official video…

If the cast from “Mission: Impossible” and “Twilight” had a love child and let her run free in a Renaissance Festival, I imagine the result would look a lot like the clip for “No One”.  Maja looks beautiful, as always, but this video just makes me just want to scratch my head and go “huh?”.  If you remember my commentary on last year’s Macedonian video, the same sentiment goes for this clip. 

The Polish delegation has just released the second English-language version of their song “Jestem“.  After “First Class Ticket To Heaven” was panned by Eurovision fans worldwide (it was enough of a disaster that all versions of it have been removed from YouTube, in fact!), their second attempt, “Present“, is a significant improvement.  The song will still be performed in Magdalena Tul’s native Polish, however.

Finally, the Belorussian team working with Anastasiya Vinnikova has just released a Belorussian-language version of their entry “I Love Belarus”, entitled “Мая Беларусь (My Belarus)“.  (That might have set the record for the amount of times that the word “Belarus” has been written in a single sentence.  I expect a statue in my honor to be built in Minsk by this time next week.)  The song will still be performed in English.  Whether that’s a good thing or not still remains to be seen.

More to come!