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The saying goes that time flies and indeed, this years' edition of the Eurovision Song Contest came and somewhat disappeared without a trace as quickly as possible. A European spectacle which takes place over a fortnight, including rehearsals, press conferences, parties as well as meet and greet sessions came to an end leaving several countries happy with their results especially the likes of Malta, The Netherlands and Hungary who returned to the top ten for the first time in ages. We would like to invite you to the weekly Ultimate Eurovision Experience. Apart from the means of FM Radio in the Netherlands on FM 106.8 and the audio stream from the studio via www.radiointernational.tv and on Digital Cable 781 & Cable 8.1Mhz in the Netherlands, the show will also be web-televised via the Radio International TV Channel from the studio and linking up the many international Eurovision fans and friends and play your requests and read your messages out on air. The simulcast will be from 2000 – 2300 hours CET when fans can join in and chat amongst each other via the Chat Room and request their favourite Eurovision entry.

One of the most popular artists to compete at this years' edition of the Eurovision Song Contest was definitely Nathalie Horler of Cascada who represented Germany with the track Glorious as the title of this article implies. Unfortunately, the renowned act did not manage to maintain the recent success of the nation at the prestigious event noting that Germany, winners of the Eurovision Song Contest in 2010 with the song Satellite performed by Lena Meyer-Landrut had managed three consecutive top ten positions. Nevertheless, despite the result, Germany have already confirmed their presence in Denmark. Nathalie of Cascada was glad to be part of the event actually and had only nice words to say seeking to broaden the fanbase of the group. She speaks about the career of the act, the participation and also future plans in music especially with a brand new album having just been released into the market.


Marc Paelinck is easily becoming a veteran of the Eurovision Song Contest having co-written songs for several countries including Malta, Belarus, and his native Belgium. This year marked his fourth participation in total as he wrote the song Solayoh performed by Alyona Lanskaya on behalf of the eastern country of Belarus. The team of Radio International had the pleasure to speak to them both, starting off with the stunning performer who not only looks like an angel but also has the ability to sing extremely well. Marc on the other hand speaks about the background of the song and whether he would like to return to the Eurovision Song Contest in the future. It is well worth pointing out that this was his best finish yet noting that all of his past endeavours had only managed to reach the lower echelons of the scoreboard as opposed to this mid-table showing. Marc Paelinck was also involved in two other selections; the Malta Eurovision Song Contest with Domenique and the Beosong with Maja Nikolic.


The final two interviews which will be airing this evening are those featuring Aliona Moon from Moldova who was also a backing vocalist to Pasha Parfeni at last years' edition of the Eurovision Song Contest as well as the group The Dorians who took Armenia back into the final on their return to the prestigious event. Aliona Moon could not better the result achieved the year before as Moldova could only manage another eleventh place finish with the song O Mie, largerly thanks to jury support whilst The Dorians obtained the worst result for the country when competing in the final. Nevertheless, they defined the odds in reaching the final with the song Lonely Planet as many people had not tipped them making it through. Both Aliona Moon and The Dorians felt empowered at being at the event and they speak about their respective careers and where this event will take them in the future.


There will also be a number of new releases played throughout the three hours, including tracks by Dana International, winner of the 1998 Eurovision Song Contest; Anna Rossinelli, the last artist to take Switzerland into the final back in 2011; Krista Siegfrids who caused controversy with her lip-lock action on stage and last but not least Emmelie de Forest, winner of the 2013 Eurovision Song Contest. In the meantime, there will also be a number of cover versions as recorded throughout the year, a feature which will be returning at the hands of David Mann. All of the latest news is also covered during the weekly broadcast noting resources from escflashmalta.com and escXtra where Luke Fisher, the Editor makes a weekly round-up. Dermot Manning will also be looking at the 2013 Eurovision Song Contest from a broader spotlight. Make sure to tune into this evenings episode of Radio International on the links offered above as we help you get through your post Eurovision depression. 

Source: Press Release


The team of Radio International had the pleasure of being in attendance at the Eurovision In Concert last week and thus the opportunity to speak to several artists who will be competing in this years' international showcase. Gianluca who himself was present during the festivities has been finalising his promotional tour across Europe heading to countries such as Bulgaria, Hungary, Romania and the United Kingdom. We would like to invite you to the weekly Ultimate Eurovision Experience. Apart from the means of FM Radio in the Netherlands on FM 106.8 and the audio stream from the studio via www.radiointernational.tv and on Digital Cable 781 & Cable 8.1Mhz in the Netherlands, the show will also be web-televised via the Radio International TV Channel from the studio and linking up the many international Eurovision fans and friends and play your requests and read your messages out on air. The simulcast will be from 2000 – 2300 hours CET when fans can join in and chat amongst each other via the Chat Room and request their favourite Eurovision entry.

Moldova will be represented in this years' edition of the Eurovision Song Contest by Aliona Moon and her entry O Mie, which will be performed entirely in Romanian as opposed to the English language used during the national final. The track is co-written by Pasha Parfeny who took to the stage on behalf of the same nation last year, achieving one of the best results with his entry Lautur. This will be the first of five interviews, with six artists for the simple reason given above. Aliona will discuss the choice of language, apart from the idea of working with Pasha on the song following her accompaniment as a backing vocalist last year. Keeping in line with the current interviews published on escflashmalta.com, where I serve as the Head of Communications, comes an interview with Alyona Lanskaya who will represent Belarus with the track Solayoh composed by Marc Paelinck to the lyrics of Martin King. She discusses last years' participation along with the choice of the track, noting that several songs had been submitted for interest.

Cezar will be representing Romania with his track It's My Life which is somewhat different from all the rest due to the fact that it is within a pop/opera genre which does not really follow a typical form in terms of song. This is the third artist whose interview will be aired this week and he will be followed by another male in the form of Robert Bellarosa whose entry Love Kills is co-written by Iain James and Jukka Immonen. One of the aforementioned writers has worked with Emeli Sande, Little Mix and One Direction, responsible for some of their major hits including Read All About It and Wings. Both gentlemen are ecstatic to get to the international showcase with the hope of doing their nation proud. It is important to spread the message of the country across in the best possible manner. The final interview for the week will be with none other than Krista Siegfrids whose entry Marry Me has been getting a lot of attention as of late due to the unequivocal support towards marriage equality and the rebranding of the campaign towards #Team Ding Dong.

Those are all of the interviews planned for this week but nevertheless, you will be able to catch more in the coming weeks including those recorded during the Eurovision In Concert. There will be a number of new releases, amongst them a track by Jelena Tomasevic who represented Serbia on home soil with Oro back in 2008. In the meantime, there will also be a number of cover versions as recorded throughout the year, a feature which will be returning at the hands of David Mann. All of the latest news is also covered during the weekly broadcast noting resources from escflashmalta.com and escXtra where Luke Fisher, the Editor makes a weekly round-up. A spotlight on the Eurovision Song Contest will be switched on metaphorically of course by Alasdair Rendall as he chooses a topic for the week. Follow the show through the official website and also send your requests through the contact link which is found on the aforementioned website.

Source: Radio International


Alyona Lanskaya, the third female to represent Belarus at the Eurovision Song Contest in ten participations noting that male soloists have somewhat dominated the music scene. It is worth noting that in ten participations, only Dmitry Koldun and Work Your Magic achieved a respectable sixth place within the final with a mixed-gender group managing to make the final a couple of years later with the song Butterfly. escflashmalta.com with the help of Olivier Vanhoutte, part of the Belarussian Delegation this year has managed to get in touch with the female artist and speak to her about a variety of things including last years' attempt, this years' entry and what lies ahead in the future as a vocalist.

Let’s take a trip down memory lane to last year, when you were initially selected by the public and a professional jury to represent Belarus in the Eurovision Song Contest with the song All My Life, a beautiful ballad which would have truly stood out. Nevertheless, there were a number of complications and you were subsequently disqualified. What was the whole reasoning behind the affair and what gave you the courage to return after what had happened?

Well I loved All My Life in last years Eurofest but I believe that everything that happens is happening for a reason. It didn’t break at all my wish to return to national selection and I’m very happy of course to represent now Belarus in the upcoming Eurovision Song Contest.

The return of the Eurofest competition has somewhat proven to be quite successful into acquiring a brand new audience for the Eurovision Song Contest with the general aim rather being at selecting the artist rather than a whole package. In the selection process, you performed the original track entitled Rhythm of Love which won over the public and a professional jury. Did you believe that it was required to select a different song despite the positive comments it was receiving from the fans of the international showcase?

I was obviously very happy to win National Selection last December with the song Rhythm of love penned by belarussian composer Leonid Shirin. I like to perform the song a lot but we had made always made it clear from the start that if we found a more appropriate song for the European audience we would change it. When Solayoh was proposed by Belgian composer Marc Paelinck along with several other songs, a special committee decided with a big majority that this was it, this should be the song to be sung in Malmö.


A thumping beat, shirtless dancers and a flamenco infused genre could somewhat be the best idea of describing the chosen track Solayoh to the audience who will be watching you closely as you represent Belarus in this years’ edition of the competition. The track which has been written by Marc Paelinck and Martin King is quite visual in terms of sound and as a matter of fact, people have compared it to past entries from Turkey. What was your initial idea when you heard the track and what are your plans for the performance?

When I heard the song for the first time, I loved it a lot and knew this was a song with a big potential for the Eurovision. I was very happy that Marc Paelinck and Martin King proposed it to me to be sung at Eurovision. It has indeed these oriental influences and I’m honoured that its put along to many other successful entries from Turkey and others. About the stage act I promise you a great show on stage which is currently being preparing by Serbian choreographer ‘Zile’ Aleksa Raifovic from the Zilenium group in Belgrade. But to know all details you’ll have to wait for Sweden as otherwise it wouldn’t be a surprise anymore! (laughing)

Marc Paelinck is a seasoned songwriter in the music industry having written tracks for Sonny O’Brien, Dana Winner, Xandee, Sergio & The Ladies as well as Maltese songstress, Chiara. It is somewhat pivotal for a composer to have been within the competition beforehand and this is one who boasts not one or two participations by three in total, having always been in the final despite achieving mid-table results. What went through your mind when knowing that you would be working with Marc Paelinck and are you planning any future collaboration?

We started first collaborations shortly after last years Eurofest and have recorded some songs that will also be featured on my upcoming international album. Of course future collaborations are definitely considered. Marc is such a good composer and I’m sure we can reach a good result. Every year is different so I am looking only at myself and our performance, we are working very hard to give Belarus again a place in the final and then who knows what can happen!


One of the obstacles that Belarus has come to encounter throughout the years is surely the semi-final portion having only managed to qualify on two (2) out of nine (9) occasions thus far making is one of the most unsuccessful countries to participate. Nevertheless, according to the fans and the bookmakers, it seems that all that might soon be coming to an end with this particular entry for the simple reason that people have fallen heads over heels for it. Why do you think that the nation has not done well on a consistent basis and how do you view perception on your entry?

I have always supported the previous entries for Belarus and even went to Baku last year to cheer for Litesound, I’m very patriotic so it’s normal to do that. Why Belarus didn’t qualify many times till now I don’t know really. As I told before every Eurovision is different with other conditions and other competition. So I am mostly concentrating on the current moment and working hard to get back to the final on 18th May.

You will be taking part in the first semi-final of this years’ Eurovision Song Contest which ultimately comprises of sixteen (16) entries in total, one less than the second semi-final due to what was coined by the international media as a massive pull out. Nevertheless, the competition is still strong and one of your main exponents is surely Anouk with Birds on behalf of The Netherlands. Have you heard any of the other competing entries, even the Maltese one, Tomorrow which is taking part in the second semi-final and how do you view their chances of success?

To be honest I didn’t really have the time yet to listen carefully to all the other songs as my schedule is so tight with preparations and promotion for the ESC. I have indeed heard that Anouk who seems to be a big name in western Europe will represent Netherlands and looking forward to hear the song shortly. Unfortunately I didn’t hear Gianluca’s song ‘Tomorrow’, but you have made me curious so I’ll be doing this as soon as possible.


Prior to the official announcement of Solayoh as to being your entry for this years’ international spectacle, there were a lot of rumours going about with regards to songs received from foreign songwriters, all of which would have done Belarus proud. This is definitely a vote of confidence in your vocal capabilities. What are your plans following the Eurovision Song Contest and do you intend to continue building your relationship with the German based record label, CAP-Sounds?

Yes true we got several proposals from both belarussian as well as foreign composers, but in the end there was a very large majority to chose Solayoh! As you likely know the international album is almost ready and will be released the coming months, without a specific date set yet. I was very happy that for the very first in Belarussian participation the song was signed to the german record label Cap-Sounds who has already experience on Eurovision with several maltese entries amonst but you surely know.

Would you like to say anything to your fans and our readers on escflashmalta.com?

Hello my dear Maltese fans and readers of escflashmalta.com! I hope that you will enjoy the upcoming Eurovision to the fullest! Be happy also in your daily life, make the most out of it. And in case you have a less good day, then one advice: listen to my song Solayoh, I’m sure you will be in a good mood again! Big kisses from Minsk and hope to see you all soon! Grazzi Hafna for this interview!


Published in Interviews
Saturday, 13 April 2013 02:00

Belarus: Reviewing the track 'Solayoh'

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.


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


Published in Editorials

Alyona Lanskaya will be representing Belarus in the upcoming edition of the Eurovision Song Contest taking place in Sweden with the song Solayoh composed by Marc Paelinck and penned by Martin King. Ten participants put their name forward to represent the eastern country in the esteemed music event but at the end of the evening, both the public and the jury selected Alyona to take on the role. She selected a track that encompasses the best of more than one genre and creating a Turkish flavour in a year when the country is missing might have been quite ideal. Solayoh has been receiving positive acclaim across the board and has also been doing resoundingly well in the betting odds.

Our colleagues at oikotimes.com exclusively published the official preview video that will be accompanying the track and whilst the focus is definitely on the slick choreography also most likely transcendent on the stage of the Eurovision Song Contest, the key interest is a special guest star. Alexander Rybak, winner of the 2009 edition of the music edition on behalf of Norway is supporting his home country this year and thus makes a cameo within the preview video. Solayoh has been released internationally on digital stores such as iTunes through CAP-Sounds, the same music label which houses two time Eurovision Song Contest representative, Fabrizio Faniello amongst others. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all the latest news.

Source: oikotimes.com


Alyona Lanskaya will be representing Belarus with the song Solayoh co-written by Marc Paelinck and Martin King within the first semi-final of this years' Eurovision Song Contest. Following a successful first promotional visit in Romania, where she performed at the National Final, Alyona departed to Istanbul to shoot the videoclip during these days. The director of the videoclip is very known Turkish Senol Korkmaz who has been working with many stars like amongst Britney Spears and Hadise, from the 2009 Eurovision Song Contest.

The choreography is directed by Serbian ‘Zile’ Aleksa Rafoivic who is a very known name in Serbia and who has collaborated with many big stars. He was also the choreographer of the FYR Macedonia entry at the 2008 Eurovision Song Contest. Alyona will also be joined in the video by Serbian dancers. Today the rehearsals for shooting the video are in full swing while recording will be taking place as from tomorrow. The team is promising a great happily clip and a huge surprise which will be revealed in due course! Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for more news and enjoy in the meanwhile Solayoh by downloading it legally through legal platforms like iTunes and amazon. After the recording,  Alyona will leave to Moldova where she will a special guest during National Final.

Source: Press Release (Olivier Vanhoutte)


Tuesday, 05 March 2013 02:40

Belarus: Alyona set to perform 'Solayoh'

Alyona Lanskaya has been flirting with the idea of going to the Eurovision Song Contest for the past couple of years noting that despite being selected to represent her native Belarus in 2012, was disqualified due to apparent voting fraud. She returned as the clear favourite this time round and won the selection with the track Rhythm of Love co-written by Leonid Shirin and Yuri Vaschuk which has now been replaced by a much more contemporary song entitled Solayoh co-written by Marc Paelinck and Martin King. This will be the track that Alyona will perform during the first semi-final of the upcoming international competition which is set to take place in Sweden.

According to several soruces, Lanskaya heard several songs before making this decision as she wanted to make sure that the song selection ultimately reflects on the result achieved abroad. This is an extremely contemporary track which features a lot of ethnic flamenco sound as if coming from Spain or even Mexico. The vocals on the studio version are pristine and this could very much see Belarus achieving their second best result considering that many seem to believe that this years' edition of the international showcase is lacking the quality that was expected. BTRC is yet to confirm the news of the song selection it has indeed been released on iTunes.

As a matter of fact, the cover of the single release clearly depicts the songtitle, the singers' name as well as a logo stating that this is the Belarussian entry for the 2013 Eurovision Song Contest. Copyright and Publishing credit goes to CAP-Sounds, responsible for the release of several Maltese entries at the Eurovision Song Contest, the most recent being One Life by Glen Vella in 2011 and My Dream by Thea Garrett in 2010. An official announcement is expected by the broadcaster and Alyona's management within the next couple of hours but you could still purchase your copy of the Eurovision Version as well as the Karaoke Version from any iTunes store. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news about the Eurovision Song Contest.

Source: YouTube, iTunes


The Belarussian final for the 2013 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest took place throughout the evening and moved in a swift manner with no problems throughout including performances from all of the ten participants along with a number of special guests including the 2004 representatives; Aleksandra & Konstantin, 2009 representative; Dmitry Koldun as well as multiple national final participant; Gunesh. Ultimately, the number of the tracks which were of decent quality were limited and we believe that the winning entry was one of the better songs noting that Alyona Lanskaya was awarded the top points by both the Jury and the Tele-Voting. The entry that will be representing Belarus in the 2013 Eurovision Song Contest bears the name Rhythm of Love.

Alyona Lanskaya has won the Belarussian selection for the Eurovision Song Contest a second time noting that earlier this year, she was selected to represent the country with the big ballad All My Life which I believe would have managed to make it through to the final stage of the competition. Nevertheless, the government found that Alyona rigged the tele-voting and it has to be noted that she received an astonishing amount of votes this evening. Nevertheless, support came also from the jury because she managed to garner the maximum points from each possible sector. This marks the very first entry chosen for Sweden despite that Roberto Bellarosa and Anouk already having been chosen to represent Belgium and The Netherlands respectively. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for the next final in a weeks' time when Switzerland will pick their entry for the Eurovision Song Contest.

Source: BTRC


Friday, 07 December 2012 18:30

Belarus: National Final - LIVE

The 2013 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest will official start to take shape this evening as the excitement in the months preceding the continental showcase marks a series of regional competitions which will see a number of nations select their entry which will they ultimately be represented by in Malmö, Sweden. For the first time in years, the first country to select their entry will not be Switzerland but will actually be Belarus and ten artists will be competing for the prestigious prize. Belarus have not been so lucky in this event noting that they have only managed to qualify to the final on two occasions; the first time being in 2007 thanks to Dmitry Koldun, finishing in sixth place with Work Your Magic and the second time in 2010 with the track Butterflies performed by 3+2 which finished in a resounding twenty-fourth place. They will be hoping to improve on their results with their choice. 

BTRC have been carefully paying attention to their selection procedure in order to avoid controversy, something that has become rather synonymous with the nation. Olga Ryzhikova and Denis Dudinsky have been internally selected as the hosts for the evening and there are a number of guests which will surely make the spectacle enjoyable. As a matter of fact, former representatives; Aleksander & Konstantin as well as Dmitry Koldun along with multiple finalist; Gunesh will be taking to the stage whilst the votes are being counted. Having heard some of the tracks prior to the final, it has to be said that the mixture is quite intriguing and that there are a couple of diamonds in the rough. The result will be decided through a 50% Jury and a 50% Public Vote with the jury having precedence in the event of a tie. The final is being transmitted live as from 20:00 CET through either the broadcasters' official website or through the official website of the Eurovision Song Contest. It is expected to run for around an hour and a half to two hours maximum.

Two hosts seem to be accompanying us throughout the evening - the female host is an evening blue dress whilst the male host is a traditional suit. They seem to be explaining the procedure for the night where they explained how the result will be decided to tonight. Before every song there is a postcard with a Belarussian celebrity introducing the song along with the singer. 


01. Vitaly Voronko – I wonder how you

Lame dance moves and loads of colours. It seems like we either went to a bad Junior Eurovision act or else back to the Seventies. I can't understand a word he is singing about. His diction is non-existent and the song goes nowhere. It's cheesy as cheesy can get and the rhythm is a bit catchy but that is as far as it goes. If they are in their right state of mind this song stands no chance at all tonight.

02. Max Lorens – I love your charming eyes

A traditional Belarussian ballad is up next and after what we have witnessed before this sounds pleasant. The four backing singers accompanying the lead singer are in perfect harmony. The song goes nowhere though and surely is not strong enough to leave any impact at the Eurovision Song Contest. Two weak entries so far from the country. I hope that that the best is yet to come.

03. Alyona Lanskaya – Rhythm of love

Four half naked dancers accompany the singer and their routine is perfect, so perfect they all look like robots. The song itself is quite modern though and surely the strongest thus far. The pop dance number is well presented in general. The singer gives a good performance although she was a bit breathless in some parts of the song even though she didn't do a lot of strenuous dance moves. 

04. Yankey – Letter to mother

Did he write just one letter to his mother or a whole he filled a whole notepad because with the amount of paper flying around on stage you'd think he has written down his life in one letter. The dramatic Belarussian ballad goes nowhere. The visuals are over dramatic, the voice is good but his diction is horrendous and the fact that there seem to have been a hurricane on stage does not work. Reminded me of Lost & Forgotten from Russia but this is much worse. 

05. Beaver Band – Incredible girl

 A Robin Williams look-alike leads this crazy band and when I tell you they are crazy, believe me they are. Lame dance moves and crazy antics by all the three leading man of this band and their three mad backing vocalists. He is singing something about 'NEVER'. Well, I have a few suggestions for him. He should never try to sing again, never appear in public and never try for Eurovision unless he wants to make his country look like fools. 

06. Daria – Catch me again

Finally a song that is different and this time round, it is good different. This is how they need to do it. The Cabaret style entry has some original dance moves from the five backing singers and the main singer does a brilliant job in charming her way through this lovely song. It seems it is a song from a musical but a musical you would enjoy watching not one of the horrors we have witnessed before. I guess this is one to watch out for tonight. It's a risk to send to Eurovision but I guess it would be worth it as it is something that we have not seen at the Eurovision Song Contest stage.

07. Uzari – Secret

Four backing dancers and a strong female backing singer with a singer dressed like a Tekken character. The choreography is tight and the visuals are impressive. It is an entry you cannot really forget. I can't understand the whole act though but it seems intriguing and in a strange way I like it but I really do not know why. Oh well.... I just hope I am not losing my sanity watching this final. 

08. Alexey Gross – One way love

A run of the mill ballad is next sung by a young singer who might pull some votes from the young girls at home. He gives an okay performance but the backing singers could have been miles stronger. The song is catchy and it makes a good festival song but I don't believe it is strong enough and different to stand out in Malmo unfortunately. Still with some tweaks, it does have potential. The presentation was pleasant and worked well with the song.

09. Nuteki Band – Save me

Man in black are trying their luck with a boring rock song that seem to feature a giant robot or alien on stage which lifts one of the singers up in the air. It seems that even my screen is in shock as for a second it blacked out. The rap part which was rather mismatched in the song was the only interesting part in it. The end of the world is rumored to be near but if a lot of people will hear this I am sure it is going to be even closer. 

10. Satsura – Get out of my way

He seem to think that by taking his top off he is going to get more votes, oh well maybe it works. His dance entry is decent and the visuals used give it an interesting touch. The backing vocals give the song an amazing feel and I would not be surprised that they saved the best for last tonight. Still not particular enough to stand out at Eurovision but I guess it will be one of four songs that can win tonight's show and with a revamp it can fair well. 


The public are shown the recap to vote for their favourite entries - for the country's sake we hope that they don't lose their sanity and vote for one of the decent entries in the competition. Some of them are to weird to be taken seriously and would surely be considered amongst the joke acts of this year.

The public votes goes as follows: 

12 Points - Song 3

10 Points - Song 9

08 Points - Song 10

07 Points - Song 8

06 Points - Song 2 

05 Points - Song 1

04 Points - Song 7

03 Points - Song 5

02 Points - Song 4

01 Point - Song 6

 The 2004 Belarussian representatives start off the interval act with their Eurovision entry 'My Galileo' and they sing another song from their repertoire. Gunesh is up next and she starts off with the song she came 3rd with in this year's competition. Dmitry Koldun is up next and he performs his Eurovision entry and another song from his repertoire. After a number of messages from different celebrities in the country, the singers are all on stage for the final result. 

The winner is Alyona Lanskaya with Rhythm of love. Second time she is declared as the winner of this competition but last year she was amidst a voting scandal and was disqualied. The song in second place then went on to represent the country at the Eurovision Song Contest. In tonight's show the song in second place was Save Me by Nuteki Band and the song in third place is Satsura's Get Out of My Way.