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Pre-Contest Vote 2015: Belarus

So guys, welcome to this new Contest that we’re rolling out – the ESC Views’ Pre-Contest Vote 2015! If you haven’t heard about it and how this entire system will work, feel free to click this fabulous link to take you to the ‘Launch Page’ of the competition. As we manage to compile more and more of these articles, they will be added to the Launch Page, so you can freely hop between all competing 40 entries! Right, shall we get started? Continue reading Pre-Contest Vote 2015: Belarus

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It’s “Time” for Uzari & Maimuna to represent Belarus!

Hi guys! We’re really sorry for the extended delay of this review, but as is the time of the year when it’s Christmas and we have to spend ‘Time’ with our loved ones (like what we did there?)… but yes, it is time to review the fourth song that has been selected for Eurovision 2015! After a dramatic night in Belarus that left former Eurovision winner Alexander Rybak in absolute pieces (our friends at Wiwibloggs have more on that story), we managed to find someone to represent Belarus in Austria next May! Have a listen to the Belarusian entry below!

So this is the song will represent Belarus in Vienna (although we’re not exactly sure because Belarus has a tendency to change the artist and/or song several weeks after initially being okay with the choice) – “Time” being performed by singer Uzari and violinist Maimuna. So what’s the song about? Well the song’s main lyrical theme is the fascination with time and how we have so little in our lives so we have to break free from the restraints that hold us back and live our lives to the full. This message of self-determination is carried on by quite an addictive contemporary beat mixed in with Maimuna’s fantastic violin skills. Altogether, you wouldn’t exactly think this combination of modernity and orchestral music would work as it looks on paper, but it actually does scrub together quite well! Of course on the night, the duo were up against 14 other songs, with the majority of fan support swaying in Rybak’s girl group MILKI..during the midway point of the voting process, they had managed to clench third place in the rankings – thanks to the 8 points and 1,188 votes the public sent in for the song. That, coupled with the three sets of 12 points the jury gave essentially sealed Uzari and Maimuna’s victory. While everyone was all smiles and congratulatory of the duo’s victory, some people weren’t as accepting (yes, we’re all looking at you Alexander…) and such – he had subsequently halted his Eurovision career…#awkward….so what are our own opinions on the song?

  • Rory – I personally am a fan of this song. I love the quite unheard of mix of both electronica and orchestral instruments..Fingers crossed they won’t change the song like they always do!
  • Lewis – I quite like it, but I still prefer Trijntje. It’s a good mix and we really haven’t heard this sort of fusion in ESC before. I think it will either do very well (top 10) or not make it past the semis if Europe really doesn’t take to it.
  • Reece – In the past, Belarus have always had a few issues with Eurovision,but hopefully they’ll stick with this sort-of pop/folk song. It’s perhaps the right song in the end. My second favourite so far.

So it seems as if we’re all in agreement that it is a strange mix, but it works! Do you agree with us though? Your views:

What do you think of Uzari & Maimuna's song 'Time'?
What do you think of Uzari & Maimuna’s song ‘Time’?

Stephanie Saczawa from Canada: I like it, combined with a good stage presentation I think it could do well in Vienna! Joey Ferreira from the United States: I think Belarus made a good choice, although not the best. Still my 2nd of the top 4. Krzysztof Miśkowicz from Poland: Good song. Vocalist is from Poland – potential big points from my country to Belarus. Fiona McCarthy from Ireland: It’s a nice song. Much better than Malta’s this year! So it seems as if the fans are in agreement that it is a good song…could the first-time-listeners change that? Who knows…perhaps next year, we might be off to Minsk or perhaps not – we’ll just have to wait until May to see! So what do you think about the song? Do you think it was the right song to go to Eurovision, do you wish another act took the trophy? What would you give the song out of ten? Do you think it will qualify? Feel free to let us know what you think by commenting below!

Belarusian finalists revealed!

After two days of auditions held by the Belarusian national broadcaster BTRC, we now know the 15 finalists that will compete in the National Final to be held on the 26th of December! But who were the lucky ones who managed to qualify past the live auditions? Scroll down to find out! Belarus held two days of live auditions (yesterday, 4th December and today, 5th December) to decide which 15 of the hundreds of entries would make it to the next stage of the competition. The auditions were streamed on BTRC’s official website and was reported to have hosted users from over 70 countries from all across the globe! Luckily, though, the judges were able to make their decisions and the fifteen candidates that have been selected are (with included Youtube link):

  1. Rostany – ‘Electric Toys’ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RYno2IO4ea4&index=8
  2. Vitaly Voronko – ‘Drive’ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z_4FHcVQ-3M&index=2
  3. Daria – ‘Love Is My Colour’ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ofX1791qLA0&index=5
  4. MILKI – ‘Accent’ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t_-x84tg9B4
  5. Gunesh – ‘I Believe In A Miracle’ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8LFJ0uIO_Es
  6. BeatreeS – ‘Fighter’ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2XIn7PDkS8M
  7. Valeriya Sadovskaya – ‘Summer Love’ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rECNDRhn9Vs
  8. Lis – ‘Angel’ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GqddZPrWPak
  9. Tasha ODI – ‘Giving Up Your Love’ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CCbibP3TjNc
  10. Alexey Gross – ‘Stand As One’ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PiisbNxCR0k
  11. Napoli – ‘My Dreams’ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ffbqR4lOp5k
  12. Yana Butskevich and Muzzart – ‘Only Dance’ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7YQt3ZsHAzc&index=12
  13. Janet – ‘Supernova’ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QY-Pqw2_Vn8
  14. Anastasia Malashkevic – ‘Don’t Save My Name’ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uR01F34Qk4k
  15. Uzari & Maimuma – ‘Time’ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HtsNVqHzCPE

With these songs, two previous Eurovision participants feature as songwriters. The main one being Alexander Rybak and his track ‘Accent’ for the band MILKI. However, TEO – Belarus’ latest Eurovision representative – has also been featured in the composition of ‘Stand As One’ by Alexey Gross, under his real name of Yuriy Vashchuk. So what happens now? Well the official running order draw for the National Final will take place on Sunday, December 7th. After that, we’ll have to wait until the 26th of December (known to you and I as ‘Boxing Day’) to watch who will be crowned the winner of Eurofest and deemed as Belarus’ official representative! Who would you like to see represent Belarus in Austria next May? Let us know what you think by commenting below!