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Alexander Rybak, a male singer/songwriter whose ascent to fame came as a result of a record breaking triumph at the 2009 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest with the song "Fairytale" is somewhat targeting a return to the competition, albeit as a songwriter. Recently in the entertainment headlines over the title track of the movie "How to Save Your Dragon 2", the male singer/songwriter is currently enjoying a resurgence in popularity.

Back from Malta, where Alexander Rybak's entry "Still Here" performed by Franklin finished in 5th place, totalling 26 points including 8 from the public, now it's time to turn his attention towards his native Belarus, where his submission "Accent" is set to be performed by a manufactured girl group, Milki. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news about the 2015 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest in Vienna, Austria.

Source: Alexander Rybak (Facebook, Twitter)

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

Tuesday, 29 April 2014 00:20

ESC 2014: An In-Depth Review of Belarus

It has become customary for the escflashmalta.com editorial board to engage professional individuals from the music industry to assess the songs competing in the Eurovision Song Contest as presented to the European Broadcasting Union during the Heads of Delegation Meeting. Greig Watts, Joseph Zammit, Sharon Vaughn and John Scott from the United Kingdom, Malta, Sweden and the United States have been entrusted with the second semi-final, comprising of sixteen songs and set to take place on the 8th May 2014 at the B&W Hallerne in Copenhagen, Denmark. Making use of the running order and moving onto number #10, we catch up with Belarus (BTRC) who will be represented by Teo with the song Cheesecake composed by Yury Vashchuk to the lyrics of Dmitry Novik.

His passion for all aspects of music was noticed very early, and after four years of learning to play the accordion, he became the international champion after winning the children’s contest Praleska. At only seventeen years old, Yuriy was invited to work with the National Academic Concert Orchestra of Belarus under the tutelage of highly-respected conductor Mikhail Finberg. There he gained experience in solo singing, composing and arranging. These practical skills were enhanced by his studies, earning him a degree in Music from the Grodno College of Arts and Belarusian State University of Culture and Arts.

Song writing extended into co-hosting the TV programme Naperad U Minulae (Forward To The Past) shown on the Belarus 1 channel. Using his non-Eurovision name Yuriy Vaschuk he works alongside Oksana Vecher to rediscover the authentic music culture that still remains in Belarus. Travelling the rural areas of the country to find the singers of the traditional and ancient songs, usually the village grandmothers and grandfathers, a song is selected to be revamped. Teo rearranges the songs to be recorded and sung with a much more modern sound by a well-known artist.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5e0FQkgnm4Q

The lure of pop music composing and performing was becoming harder to resist and he participated in the Belarusian national selection for the 2009 Eurovision Song Contest duetting with the singer Anna Blagova. Eurovision continued to exert an influence, as he co-wrote two Eurovision songs in 2010 (3+2 and Far Away), All My Love for Alyona Lanskaya in 2012 and again in 2013 with The Rhythm Of Love. Teo’s love for Eurovision continued unabated despite his already-full schedule. He wrote songs for two singers he was up against in the national finals – Natalie Tamelo and Tasha Odi – before deciding at virtually the last minute (an hour and a half before submissions closed) to enter too.

Professional Critics Voice their Opinion

Rating: 66%

Greig Watts: Interesting title and that has left me wondering whats coming?? Interesting lyrics, and pronounciation, but rest of Europe wont judge that. Actually I quite like its quirky singalongness (is that a word). Let me see if I think the same at chorus 2, yes, its catchy, interesting that Belarus is going for a western type sound though, moving away from some of the sounds that could appeal to its neighbouring votes. I like the song its fun, hope it comes across that way and does well.

Joseph Zammit: I would have been even more glad glad had I just heard the song and not watched the video. The song itself is quite good but having him trying his best to recreate the (sadly) biggest hit of 2013, by filming it with a girl on a white background, wearing basically the same clothes as Robin Thicke and having the word CHEESECAKE randomly splattered against the screen makes me somehow think of him as less of a person.  

Sounds harsh I know, but it shows lack of commitment and passion towards a song that at the end of the day, he is performing. The song is quirky and sweet, with a nice funk riff, though common, and a joyful upbeat rhythm. Also I can't help but feel it has an element of tongue in cheek to it. All in all .... #Cheesecake. 

Sharon Vaughn: Admittedly very cheesecake, but charming in that he pulls it off. Has the "wink"... and I got the humour in it.

John Scott: The singer has a good sense of humor and this is conveyed in the song. In the end, I just don't like the song that much. It good for one listen, but I don't need to hear it again.

Source: eurovision.tv

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Qe7YmYgowM

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Belarus, not one of the most successful countries to compete in the Eurovision Song Contest, having only managed qualification on three occasions; Work Your Magic sung by Dmitry Koldun in 2007; Butterflies performed by 3+2 in 2010; and Solayoh choreographed to perfection by Alyona Lanskaya in 2013. A national final held during the course of the evening determined their representative for the next international spectacle, that being TEO with the song, most presumably being Cheesecake, the one performed during the selection.

BTRC, the public broadcaster in Belarus did not contemplate the possibility of a first place tie, something that happened and had to be quickly addressed as both the participants and the viewers were growing anxious to see which act had garnered the maximum points. As each jury member was asked to re-declare his vote, it was TEO and his entry Cheesecake which managed to overcome Max Lorens & Didyulya and the song Now You're Gone. The winning artist resembles both Pasha Parfeni and Robin Thicke, in looks and music genre. A music video for the entry has already been shot and is very much based on the latters’ worldwide hit, Blurred Lines. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news.

Source: BTRC

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

It seems that national selections have been scheduled later than usual, with most taking place towards the end of February, beginning of March. Nevertheless, Belarus will be following in the footsteps of Ukraine and Albania in selecting their representative in the second week of January. Fourteen (14) entries will be presented by nine (9) soloists and five (5) bands for the right to represent the Eastern country at the upcoming edition of the Eurovision Song Contest. The winning entry will be hoping to follow in the footsteps of Alyona Lanskaya whose entry Solayoh written by Martin King and Marc Paelinck reached the final, achieving a mid-table placing.

Belarus are putting in a lot of effort in this years' national final, even appointing Glen Shappo to take care of the lighting, pyrotechnics and other special effects. BTRC, the public broadcaster in Belarus is making use of studio 600 for this evenings' showcase, which in turn will be hosted by a renowned duo, which many will recognise. Special guests for this evening will include; Alyona Lanskaya (Belarus 2013), Polina Smolova (Belarus 2006) and Alexsander Solodukha, a popular Russian and Belarusian singer. All of them will take to the stage whilst the jury and tele-voting results are combined to reveal this evenings' winner.

The Show Part (1)

Massive opening act, a remix of Solayoh by Alyona Lanskaya, choreography as a modern dance involving female and male dancers. The lighting is incredible and you sense the feeling that Belarus are putting in a lot of effort this evening. No red carpet in site, but the hosts are definitely dressed up as if going to the Academy Awards. They welcome the people in the audience and at home to this spectacle and explain how the system will proceed this evening.

Running Order

Natalia Tamelo - Not What I've Been Looking For

Kicking off this evenings' selection is a jazz infused tune, with a female vocalist clad in a short black dress with black tights and all. She is joined by three male dancers and two female backing vocalists. The genre is very much similar to Smile, presented in the Ukrainian national selection a couple of years back.

The diction is non comprehensive to be honest but nevertheless, this performance is pleasing and could pick up points of originality. I must say, it actually got better as it went along, and I would not be surprised if this could manage to pull off an upset. Things to work on would definitely be her facial expressions during the performance. A very good start, and the audience seem to agree.

Nuteki - Fly Away

Preselection in the eastern hemisphere of Europe are always known to include these incredibly bland rock songs which never prove to be my cup of tea. Nuteki are experienced and renowned but have yet to garner that ticket to represent Belarus in the Eurovision Song Contest. The staging is dark and expected, and the singing is as good as expected, of course.

It is impressive to see what kind of depth they have gone into when it comes to the presentation of the songs with three (3) large screens behind them showing various graphics, something which has been missing from the selection of Belarus. This is going to be one of those songs which will be left behind at the international competition.

Artem Mikhalenko - Rapsodia No.1

Well, Artem has already been to the Eurovision Song Contest in the past, as part of the group 3+2 with the song Butterflies but he has decided to go solo this year. He is clad in a marvelous black suit, but no tie, keeping the look extremely smart casual. I never knew how much one could blend classical and techno, but then again, I hope to never have the misfortune of hearing it again, because it sounds as if taken out of the soundtrack of Gravity, and that's not a good thing.

Let's praise the positives though, his vocals are definitely to be reckoned with, and that will earn him a lot of votes from the jury this evening. Although it is imperative that they look towards originality and the whole package rather than just one redeeming quality. Thus far, I cannot help but keep complimenting the first song, the one which I see appealing to an international audience.

Matvei Cooper and band DUX - Strippers

I had no clue what to expect when I saw this title of this entry, especially because it does not seem practically possible but then again, this is Belarus and three quarters of the lyrics are normally not understood by the rest of the English speaking countries across the continent.

The main vocalist has a good fashion sense which compliment his charming looks at physique but it is the female dancers in tight orange bodysuits, as if coming out of prison and ready to have some fun and play, if you catch out drift. The vocals are good but once more, they cannot be serious about this entry.

TEO - Cheesecake

One main vocalist, a male, who is wearing Artem's outfit, or so it seems. He is joined on stage by three male backing vocalists who are dressed up in similar outfits to Sasha Song, representative of Lithuania in the 2009 Eurovision Song Contest. The vocals are good but nevertheless, the performance is just mad-crazy, similar to the title of the song and its content. 

In the meantime, the genre of the song, a pop-jazz friendly number is very much relatable and this could also acquire a good amount of votes this evening. Towards the end of the song, the male vocalist showed his true skills by kicking the camera and creating a bit of havoc in the BTRC studio 600. Also, did anyone notice the uncanny resemblance to Robin Thicke and Pasha Parfeni, or was it just me?

Daria - Starlight

Thumping beats! and that could only mean, that we have a couple of key-changes in this particular entry, very much similar to Gravity, as performed by Zlata Ognevich. Although, I am very much sure, that this is a rip-off because even the development of the song is pretty much similar.

Daria is clad in a beautiful dark blue/black dress, with messy blonde hair. She is joined on stage by five female backing vocalists. The vocals are good but it cannot get any more cheesy at this point. If I had to guess which song they would go for at this point, I could see this one winning hands down because it is the type of track that wins such finals.

Elena Siniavskaya - Via Lattea

Ohh! Kaya's dress from the Malta Eurovision Song Contest 2012 makes another appearance, an unexpected one though. Elena has a great set of lungs on her, and she is surely the one to beat in this national final, as she performed what seems to be a mix of Vincero and La Voix this evening.

She is joined on stage by four backing vocalists, two males and two females who accompany her beautifully throughout the song. This anthemic power ballad quickly turned into a dance number but it is done in a wonderful manner. That has just surpassed my expectations completely and it is going to take something great to beat that in my books.

Alina Moshchenko - Angel Crying

Whoa! If they are voting for beautiful girls, this is definitely the winner this evening, with her gold locks of hair and white dress, it seems that we are re-watching the performance of Mika Newton during the 2011 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest.This is a modern take on a ballad and the graphics have been re-worked in a plausible manner, so attract more attention. 

The key-change mid-way through the song was disappointing and left a lot to be desired but kudos to Alina on her strong vocals throughout. Once more, with some work, this could do very well at the international competition, especially with such a cheesy set-up.

Janet - You Will Be Here

Kaya's dress from 2012 meets Olivia's dress from 2007 to create a somewhat decent gown. Janet is joing on stage by two female backing vocalists, clad in white, and look, they are none other than Ylva and Linda Persson, the songwriters of this entry, and also of Addictive which is competing in Malta.

This is a run-of-the-mill ballad which is very much being performed to perfection. The chosen graphics are also very much in accordance with the song and the effect coming out on screen is just amazing. The vocals from Janet are strong and powerful, and despite earlier concerns, I can understand almost all her diction. This is a contender for sure.

Anastasia Milashevskaya - Runaway

Whoa! I am impressed that they have managed to create a stage to depict snow coming down, and everything seems professional in this presentation. The lead vocalist is wearing a black dress under a silver/white gown and is joined on stage by three female dancers, and two backing vocalists, a male and a female.

The overall impression is that she is screaming the whole way through and whilst the song is an impressive ballad, I just cannot see it competing fairly with the others. It is a bit dated, and needs a revamp should it finish at the top of the scoreboard, something that is very much unlikely in my opinion.

Switter Boys feat. Kate&Volga Karol - Vechnaya Lubov (Love Forever)

The beginning of the song is somewhat plagiarised from another song, but I cannot remember which one and it seems that a pretty catchy tune is quickly turned into a rap track, featuring two male vocalists in tracksuits, two female vocalists in short tight shimmering dresses and finally, another male vocalist, is the one most adequately dressed, sort of.

The vocals in this song are somewhat overlooked to what is a strikingly weird presentation. I just cannot get my fingers around understanding this track. There are two many genres, and it seems like the local Gorg u Pawlu have gone onto meet Jozette in a bar, and got drunk, eventually coming up with this entry. HORRIBLE.

Band Napoli - Stay With Me

Well, we're almost at the end of the broadcast, or rather, the selection process and it seems that this group in particular is seemingly channeling 3+2 with a simple ballad which sounds like Headlines (Friendship Never Ends) by the Spice Girls. The female members of the group are probably wearing haute couture whilst the male member is clad in a black suit and a white dinner jacket. 

The vocals are good and strong but the song is not memorable enough for the Eurovision Song Contest in my opinion. The additional help of two backing vocalists is pretty much unecessary and in order to increase the cheese of this ballad, we have rose petrals falling from the sky.

Max Lorens & Didyulya - Now You're Gone

At the recent Teatru Unplugged, Jonathan Shaw took to the stage to perform Let Her Go by Passenger and the result is very much similar, probably due to the use of certain instruments. Max Lorens is one of the most popular figures in the industry and he is definitely leaving his mark in a posiive way. With the right alterations, this could be a massive hit in the Eurovision Song Contest, something juries would brand as atmospheric.

The vocals are spot on, and the performance on stage is kept simplistic despite possibly seeming a bit too much at first. This is very much a case of having the wrong image at the beginning and then coming together beautifully mid-way throughout the performance. That was good and I believe this could also win this evening. 

Tasha Odi - Empty Universe

Where has the night gone? This is the final entry this evening and it seems that Belarus were not saving the best for last. Tasha is wearing a cabaret-like outfit, including a hat and all. She is joined on stage by two backing vocalists, and is performing a pop/rock number with a slight influence of jazz.

I cannot see such an entry doing well at the Eurovision Song Contest but nevertheless, the audience have gone stir crazy for this one, so I am guessing that she is popular. There are positive elements but the negative ones bring it down completely, and hence, I would not select her to represent Belarus.

The Show (Part 2)

Following a set of Belarusian adverts, our wonderful hosts for this evening are back on stage and open ten minutes of tele-voting, whilst also introducing a recap of this evenings' fourteen (14) entries, one of which will represent Belarus at the upcoming Eurovision Song Contest and now, a video clip directly taken from eurovision.tv in order to introduce the #EurovisionIdea. Our line-up of special guests at the moment, followed by the results. Well, the results are close by, or so we have heard ...

In recent days, the Public Broadcasting Services and Sveriges Radio Television announced the participants and the songs taking part in their national selections for the Eurovision Song Contest and as an announcement was taking place on Television Malta, Belarus decided to make their own revelations. Fifteen (15) participants have been shorlisted to represent the eastern country in Copenhagen, Denmark.

Earlier this year, Alyona Lanskaya managed to take Belarus into the final of the Eurovision Song Contest with the song Solayoh written by Marc Paelinck and Martin King. Alyona has spoken positively of the experience on several occasions and has the honour of being only the third artist to take the nation into the last stage of the competition, an honour which is shared with Dmitry Koldun and the group 3+2. In recent weeks, Alyona released her first English studio album aiming to please her fans locally and abroad.

  • Matvei Bondarenko
  • Yuri Vashchuk
  • Alexey Gross
  • Daria
  • Janette
  • Max Lorens & Didyulya
  • Anastasia Malashkevich
  • Artem Mikhalenko
  • Alina Moshchenko
  • “NAPOLI”
  • “Nuteki”
  • Natalia Odintsova
  • Elena Siniavskaya
  • Natalia Tamelo
  • Switter Boys

In the meantime, the Belarusian broadcaster also revealed that the date for the national selection, presumably entitled Eurofest will be taking place on the 10th January 2014. All of the fifteen (15) acts will compete against each other with the hope of winning the ticket to represent the nation at the upcoming edition of the Eurovision Song Contest, being stage in the capital city of Denmark, Copenhagen. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for the latest updates and exclusive news.

Source: BTRC

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XKewBfUE2Mg

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.

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

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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

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5JqI9Tvu2P8

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

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