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Monday, 30 April 2012 04:53

Belarus: Reviewing the song 'We Are The Heroes'

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There has been critical acclaim on the second semi-final in recent weeks on being much more interesting than the first due to the high song quality that seems to be extending over the whole evening. In the last couple of days, our critics have been on hand to discuss the first four tracks and it seems that they have noted their favourites in that same period. Nevertheless, the fifth song to be performing on Thursday night has been handed to Belarus, a country that is yet to really put their mark on the Eurovision Song Contest in a consistent manner as will be seen in their historical analysis. This year, the broadcaster called for a national selection but then in the long run, the original winner was dismissed due to voting corruption leaving the group Litesound as the winners with the song We Are The Heroes written by Dmitry Kariakin and Vladimir Kariakin who are also within the band.

Litesound is one of the most successful bands in Belarus, bringing us music in several genres and styles from classical rock to pop music. The group has twice received the “Song of the Year” award, and one of their biggest hits, The Life, was awarded "Ringtone of the Year" at the 2008 CTV channel Music Awards. Litesound was founded by the Kariakin brothers, Dmitry and Vladimir. Nowadays the band has become an international project after the Italian musician and singer Jacopo Massa joined.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CvHqVWyXbTI

With the Russian guitarist Alex Kolchin and the Belarusian drummer Ignat Yakovich the band has played more than 130 gigs during the last year. Litesound took part in four “EuroFest” projects (the Belarusian national selection for the Eurovision Song Contest), taking the second prize twice and furthermore reaching the finals of “Eurofest” in 2008 and 2009. Their album Going To Hollywood was the best selling album in Belarus in 2009. In 2010 Litesound represented Belarus in the “New Wave Stars” competition in Jurmala.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nvZGX3zrLig

The list of Prizes and Awards given to Litesound features some impressive examples, including: Prizewinner of the MOVA Songwriters Competition, USA (2002), winner of Festivale Internazionale de Maiori, Italy (2006), The Song Of The Year award, Belarus (2008 and 2009), “Golden Ear” Radio award, Belarus (2009), TOP10 music videos of 2010 in Eastern Europe (2010), and not to forget the National Pop Music Award for The Best Music Video of the Year (2011) for their music video See You In Vegas.

The Critics Voice Their Opinion

Magnus Kaxe

  • Is Finnish band “The Rasmus“ competing for Belarus tonight? In that case it’s ten years too late. Good song, bad production, bad vocals and bad English pronunciation. But in a mediocre semifinal this song stands out a bit. Even for me. Almost enough to reach the finals. I believe that five (5) points are mandatory for this entry.

Marion Welter

  • I must say, the lead singer is a charming nice guy whilst the song in itself is quite easy to remember therefore this might be a potential qualifier in my books. I will give this song six (6) points as they are well deserved. 

Tobias Larsson

  • Rather average disco-rock fusion performed by a band in very ill-advised outfits. The lead singer has a certain glimpse in his eye and the chorus has a hook, but on the total this number is not particularly engaging. I just cannot see going through at the moment, have to give it four (4) points in the end though.

Entry Background

Performers: Litesound

Composers: Dmitry Kariakin and Vladimir Kariakin

Authors: Dmitry Kariakin and Vladimir Kariakin

Song: We Are The Heroes

Language: English

Broadcaster: BTRC

History of the Nation

Belarus have been competing in the Eurovision Song Contest since 2004 making them one of the final countries to become part of the illustrious musical family. Since then though, their history has not been so impressive noting that they failed to make a impact on their first three participations by virtue of staying in the semi-finals on each occasion. It was not until 2007 when Dmitry Koldun and his song Work Your Magic did the trick reaching the finals and then finishing in sixth place at the end of the voting. The following two years were a mess once more unfortunately and it was a group by the name of 3+2 that made it through to the finals again with the song Butterflies which did not do so well in the finals. Litesound will be hoping to take the country to the final for the third time!

Source: Eurovision.tv for the Biographical Information and all respective media

Last modified on Monday, 30 April 2012 04:53