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Saturday, 13 April 2013 02:00

Belarus: Reviewing the track 'Solayoh'

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Matt Mercieca, Lina Eriksson and Magnus Kaxe were engaged by the editorial board of escflashmalta.com to listen to the entries competing in the first semi-final of this years' Eurovision Song Contest, passing forth their constructive critique along with an individual and collective grading. All of the information is obtained from the official website of the international spectacle. Pertaining to the running order as decided by the producers, Belarus will be performing in slot number eleven (11) from the sixteen (16) entries competing during the first semi-final. BTRC, the broadcaster responsible for the participation of Belarus in the Eurovision Song Contest will be represented by the song Solayoh which has been composed by Marc Paelinck to the lyrics of Martin King with Alyona Lanskaya providing the vocals.

Alyona Lanskaya was born on September 7th in Mogilev, Belarus. Being an apparent Virgo in the Zodiac, her love for her family and for music always came first in her life. She began studying music at a young age: At school, she sang in the choir, performed as a solo artist and as a part of various art groups. She graduated from the Belarusian-Russian University in Mogilev. "My childhood was a very happy one, and sometimes I’d want to return to it - the loving parents and no worries. I used to live in my own world, dreaming at night, coming up with stories for films, always with a happy ending. Because of the light-coloured hair and snow-white skin, the grandma neighbours always called me a "straw girl" – says Alyona Lanskaya. Her career as a professional singer began in 2005, when Alyona took part in the "Slavianski Bazaar" festival in Vitebsk. 

The singer, who during the first training was hesitant to ski, eventually won in the finals after having just a week to learn this sport. In 2008, Alyona, for the first time, took part in an international music festival, in the town of Dobrich in Bulgaria. In 2010, her first solo album Mazes Of Love was released that included songs in Russian, Belarusian and English. Alyona Lanskaya also brought a victory from USA at the “Atlantic Breeze 2010" festival. In 2011, she was awarded the title of Honoured Artist of the Republic of Belarus - she has been the youngest artist ever to receive it! In the summer of 2012, the songs for Alyona’s new English album were recorded. Also in 2012, she took part in the Belarusian national Eurovision selection, and this year she will go on to represent her home country with Solayoh, written by Marc Paelinck and Martin King.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=esqspmVjw-A

An announced in the official biography above, Alyona Lanskaya has already taken part in last years' national selection within Belarus but despite finishing as the winner, she was disqualified over apparent tampering with the voting results. Ultimately, Litesound took centre stage with their entry We Are The Heroes, with Belarus failing to qualify to the final once more. Nevertheless, when the finalists for this years' national selection were announced, it was somewhat clear that Alyona would be getting a second chance and indeed, she finished the winner with an even better result, receiving the trust of both the jury and the public. The song which she performed in the national selection was entitled Rhythm of Love and received mostly positive acclaim from fans of the Eurovision Song Contest, despite being chosen relatively early in December. In second place within the national final were the group Nuteki with the song Save Me.

Belarus have been competing in the Eurovision Song Contest for nine consecutive years making this participation quite important because they would be turning over a new page, the start of a new decade, hoping that it will be more successful than their last. My Galileo performed by Aleskandra and Konstantin was their debut entry back in 2004, a year in which the semi-finals had just commenced and indeed, they would have to wait another two years before their first qualification, with the track Work Your Magic sung by Dmitry Koldun, and finishing in sixth place. It would be a one off, noting that their next qualification was in 2010 with the song Butterflies performed by the group, 3+2 finishing in the penultimate position. Betting Odds and fans alike have been extremely positive to this years' representation and therefore, it might be that the nation would qualify to the final for a third time in ten years.

Professional Critics Voice their Opinion

Rating: 63%

Magnus Kaxe: Turkish flavors with vibes from "Every way That I Can" by Sertab Erener from 2003. Even though this song might sound 10 years old, I like it! Simple, catchy and powerful chorus and great performance. This will definitely qualify Belarus to the final.

Lina Eriksson: Well it ain't the first time we hear this kind of Elena Paparizou song in the ESC. Still it tend to appeal to the ESC-voters. I'm guessing it will do well, as long as Alyona pull it of live.

Matt Mercieca (Muxu): Is she singing in english? TYPICAL early 2000's eurovision. It's catchy! I like the ethnic breakdown, and can actually see this doing ok in the festival, but you would not find this on my iPod, …ever…EVER! wow this is exactly the kind of music that makes me cringe.

Source: eurovision.tv

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N4S4m9R-ffA

Last modified on Saturday, 13 April 2013 02:11