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Semi Final 2
Artist: Naviband (Navi)
Song:Historyja majho žyccia Гісторыя майго жыцця (Story of my life)
Odds: $101

Word of the day:
магія - Magic
no, not really

This song is entirely sung in Belarussian, despite the words майго жыцця (majho žyccia) sounding like “My country town”. I tis the first time Belarus has sung in their own language, or any language other than English. They needed to try a different tact because it is obvious what they were doing was not working.

This will be the 14th time Belarus has gone to Eurovision and they are largely there just to give Russia (and Ukraine) points. In the last 13 years Belarus has had one foray into the top ten and made the final 4 times overall. Even when they entered the competition as favourites in 2005, they still could not make the final. What chance are they going to have this year with a folk song?

Despite being pleasant and catchy, this is not a winning song and the bookies are right to keep this at long odds. 12 points to Russia though.

The best result Belarus has ever had in Eurovision was in 2007 and even the song they entered then was not great…

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Previous Entries: 12
Wins: Nil
First Entry: 2004 Aleksandra and Konstantin - My Galileo
Most recent Entry: 2015 Uzari & Maimuna – Time
National Anthem: Мы, беларусы


IVAN - Help You Fly

I have not seen anything this 80s for a while. Some of the music sounds like it has come from an 80’s corporate education video for Health and Safety. The background graphics remind me of the video-clip to ‘Let’s Get Rocked’ by Def Leppard, but dodgier. Then there is that head graphic that I think is meant to be IVAN but looks more like Kryten from Red Dwarf. Not all bad but definitely not good.

IVAN wins the award for the weirdest entrant in this year’s event after rumours circulated that he intended to perform in the nude surrounded by live wolves on the Eurovision stage. Fortunately all parts of that are banned in the rules for Eurovision.

IVAN may be able to carry rock vocals but that doesn’t matter. It doesn’t matter about how weird he is, it doesn’t matter about the song. All that matters is that Belarus is in Eurovision to give Russia the big points.

The bookmakers rate this year’s Belarussian entry as having not much more than a snowballs chance in hell, but then what do the bookmakers know. They thought Belarus was going to win in 2005

passionpop: (die bitch)
Population 9 481 000
Area: 207 595 km2
Language: Belarussian, Russian
Eurovision attendances: 11
Eurovision wins: 0

Uzari & Maimuna - Time

The best thing about this song is the elf ears that Uzari is wearing in the clip. It is not that the song is massively bad, I just like elf ears.

This is another country where the section practices are questionable. Why bother having a popular vote when all it amounts to is an 8th member of the jury? Why, because the Belarussian people cannot vote. The song the public voted #1 was a novelty entry and the song that was #2 with the public and the favourite to win was so dire that every Junior Eurovision entry ever was better than it. I almost cried listening to these

In the national selection the song that came second over-all (including the other jury 7 members) was the level of engrish that I expect from Belarus, so it seems that the right song is being sent to Eurovision. Sure, Uzari is a backing vocalist from a previous Eurovision entry, but this song is probably the best choice out of what Belarus had.

The bookies don’t rate this song but the bookies do often get it wrong. In 2005 Belarus was rated top three by the bookmakers and failed to qualify for the final. It appears wanted to love them that night...

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This is all of the semi final 2 performers this year. SPOILER ALERT this has details of their performances as well as a link to their rehearsals. If you want to keep how dire the acts are a surprise, please stop reading now

There is always one Eurovision semi that is far better than the other. This is not the better semi.


full list of second semi finalists )

so in short, I doubt anything from this semi will win or even come close. either the song is dire or the performance it not good enough to get it votes.
Best performances: well... possibly slovenia
Auto non-qualifiers: either greece or poland wont qualify or both,

the highlight of this semi is clearly Jessica Mauboy

passionpop: (my ass)
Belarus has had a history of just making up the numbers in Eurovision. They are basically there to ensure Russia gets 12 points and they have kept up this end of the bargain in 7 of the 10 Eurovisions they have been in, which is the same amount of Eurovisions that Belarus has not qualified for the final in. I mean how could 'We are the Heroes' not qualify.

Artist: Teo
Song: Cheesecake

This song does certainly have the emphasis on cheese, but I like it. if it was sung by someone who could speak English better it would awesome. I want this to qualify for the final so we have an excuse to eat cheesecake while watching the Eurovision final at 4am ([ profile] fluidsparkles, we should probably make the cheesecake while we are sober)

'Google maps' has been change to 'All the Maps' to comply with Eurovision rules. This song (other than trying to sing in English) doesn't appear that hard for Teo live so it wont be a carcrash, unless Teo falls over trying to do his tango moves. This song though is proof of something all student will tell you, the best work is done at the last minute. As a songwriter Teo already had two songs (sung by other artists) in the Belorussian national final. With an hour and a half to go before submissions closed he decided to enter himself with this. That doesn't show at all, does it.

This song is in the smaller semi where only 5 songs wont qualify, so despite this song being almost universally panned by fans, it should get in to the final. I want Justin Timberlake or someone to cover this though. It is fun and that's seriously what Eurovision is about, fun and getting drunk.

Though this song has a serious theme about wanting to be respected, it does come off a little tongue-in-cheek, which doesn't often come off well at Eurovison. Just ask Iceland from 2006

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Country: Belarus

Debut: 2004
Previous Appearances: 9
Wins: 0

Artist: Alyona Lanskaya
Song: Solayoh

A few months ago a shop assistant showed me how to make a scarf into an open vest like top. Great to see guys can wear scarves live that too.

The music makes sounds like belly dancing music and Alyona appears to try to belly dance in a few bits, but it is hard to belly dance when your belly is covered. I don't get what cha-cha has to do with belly dancing though.

The bookies rate this a reasonable chance, but I don't. It isnt that it is dire, it is is just that belarus doesn't have much of a history with success at eurovision, and even with a reasonable song, they often struggle to make the finals

Glad that's over. Hasta La Vista

passionpop: (putting my foot in it)
Performer: Litesound
Song: We Are The Heroes

This is the best song that Belarus have ever sent to Eurovision. It isn't completely awesome, but it rocks, it rocks so hard. This year was Litesounds 5th attempt to get to Eurovision and it was worth the wait. 

There is controversy with Belarus' entry. Apparently the televoting was rigged. similar accusations have been made in Russia many times (where vote rigging is a national past-time). Belarus handles things differently though. instead of brushing it under the carpet, the Belorussian President comes in and demands an investigation and then when it is 'proven' installs the act that 'should' have won. I don't care. this song is my better than the one that was originally declared the winner

So Political intervention gave us one of the better acts in this years Eurovision. Eventually Belarus will send an entry that isnt sung in Engish, but until then, this rocks

So, going back to controversy, the 2009 entry for Russia. as for a Belorussian song, 'mum' because it is one of their less awful songs. 

passionpop: (sweet and innocent)

Wins: 0
Entries: 4
Eurovision 2007 Semi: 4th
Eurovision 2007 final: 6th

Ruslan Alenho - Hasta La Vista

Lyrics )

There is nothing original about this song, not even the name... I mean in 2003, Belarus' next door neighbour, the Ukraine, with their first Eurovision Entry also recorded a song called 'Hasta La Vista'.... Obviously the Terminator series is taking a while to get around the former Russian States. Maybe Armenia will have a song called 'Hasta La Vista' in 2013

I am scared by how at the start of this song, the singer stands so intensely still... I hate to say this but.... I think he needs to go to the 'Idol' School of performance technique.... not good. Last years success for Belarus I fear was more charity, I hope Europe is not so charitable this year.

Belarus have made it from the semi once, last year, even with the political voting of Eurovision, it appears that Belarus is certainly not the Bella of Russia who have been slightly more successful. Belarus have had things like Polina Smolova singing 'Mum' to get them through... perhaps she should have kept mum...


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