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Eurovision 2018 previews countdown: #34 BELARUS – Alekseev – “Forever”

The national selection process of Belarus often provides some controversy or gossip and this year has certainly been no exception. The winning artist, Alekseev, originally entered the Ukrainian national selection (as he is from Ukraine) but withdrew to enter the Belarusian selection instead. Further controversy came with his winning song, where a Russian language version of the song had been performed before September 1. However, with some modifications to the song and it being performed in English at the contest, the EBU have permitted it to enter. Since then, there seems to have been a further revamp of the song, though that is yet to be confirmed – I can’t keep up!
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Eurovision 2018 national selections: Belarus Decides and Montevizija 2018 (Belarus and Montenegro previews)

Two more finals approach in east and south east of Europe. Belarus is never without a little bit of intrigue, drama or even state interference; for Montenegro, it’s their first time in almost a decade they haven’t selected internally. By end of Saturday (17 Feb) we should have 11 confirmed artists with released songs – a quarter of the way there!  Continue reading “Eurovision 2018 national selections: Belarus Decides and Montevizija 2018 (Belarus and Montenegro previews)”

Eurovision 2017 previews countdown: #28 BELARUS – NAVI – “Historyja majho žyccia”

Time for a first at this year’s Eurovision: NAVI (or Naviband) will be the first artists to ever sing in Belarusian at Eurovision. Belarus have a patchy qualification record but with a distinctly different song and a linguistic uniqueness, will that help boost their chances of appearing again in the grand final for the first time since 2014? Continue reading “Eurovision 2017 previews countdown: #28 BELARUS – NAVI – “Historyja majho žyccia””

My top 5 songs from…Belarus

Somewhat overshadowed in Eurovision, as in many other ways, by their giant neighbour, Russia, Belarus remain a minnow in Eurovision terms, with just 4 grand final appearances out of 13 contests entered. That still gives me enough scope to get a top 5, just don’t expect to see all the finalists! Unlike Georgia, Belarus have largely stuck to a (cheap) version of Europop with a Slavic flavour – with mixed success. Continue reading “My top 5 songs from…Belarus”

Eurovision 2016 previews countdown: #38 BELARUS – IVAN – “Help You Fly”

After Georgia at 40, the next ex-Soviet country to feature on the list is Belarus. IVAN (yes he does spell it all in upper case), also known as Alexander Ivanov, is one of the more physically noticeable of this year’s entries with the combination of tall stature and long, flowing locks. Also now more widely famous (as has been reported in British media) for wanting to perform on stage naked and with live wolves…
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