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17
February
2018

Mélovin, Tayanna and Kadnay through to Ukrainian final

Mélovin, Tayanna and Kadnay through to Ukrainian final

Mélovin, Tayanna and Kadnay have secured a place into the final of the Ukrainian National Selection. Do any of these 3 new finalists have what it takes to win the competition?

The second heat of the Ukrainian National selection show, Vidbir is over. Mélovin won the heat, with Tayanna and Kadnay coming just behind. In the final they will join Laud, The Erised and Vilna in the final who won first heat.

Contents

  • 1 The Songs
  • 2 The Show
  • 3 The Results

The Songs

IngretSave My Planet

Former X Factor and The Voice participant, Ingret brought her unique style and energy to the competition. She performed her song wearing an oversized metallic coat and shorts combo on top of a hot pink body suit. She commanded the stage like a pro and oozed confidence. Ingret was alone on the stage, relying on just herself and the LED display to make an impact.

Mélovin Under The Ladder

Mélovin placed in 3rd place last year and has decided to try his luck again. The song starts softly and gradually builds up into the chorus.

He took to the stage in his signature quirky style and novelty contact lens. Mélovin put in a solid performance with excellent vocals and energy. Half way through the performance, he whipped off his long black jacket and threw away his mic stand. He continued the performance from his piano. At first, the melody was slowed down and then turned into an explosion of energy and vigour which carried the song through until the end. At the end of the performance was a rapturous applause from the studio audience.

JulinozaKhto Ya – Who am I?

The song starts with a long piano intro with the first lyrics of the song appearing almost half a minute into the track. Khto Ya has an eccentric feel to it, as does Julianoza and her performance. The song is very light on lyrics with an artistic flare, which added uniqueness and charm to the song.

The performance started with blue eye, as the camera panned out we saw Julinoza sat at the piano where she stayed for the entire performance. The eye continued to be a feature of the performance as it was printed on Julinoza’s t-shirt and drawn onto her hand. At the end Andriy Danylko congratulated Julinoza on her performance.

TayannaLelya

Last year’s runner up songstress Tayanna is back for another go. Last year she took the stage with her power ballad I Love You where she narrowly lost out to O.Torvald.

Originally Tayanna was meant to be competing her way to Lisbon with the song Kvitka. The song was selected by public vote out of 3 other songs. Unfortunately for Tayanna Kvitka was disqualified as it has breached Eurovision’s rules. According to the broadcaster, Kvitka had already been performanced prior to the September 1st cut off date.

A very different song to what she presented last year, Leila is an up-tempo track with a retro twist. Tayanna sings about a girl called Leyla who fell in love with the wrong person, she cried so much that she filled half of the sea with her tears.

The song was performed entirely in Ukrainian. Tayanna started the performance with her back to the camera, her blonde hair draped over her orange dress. She was joined on the stage with three backing dancers in nearly identical dresses. Tayanna gave an energetic performance with flawless vocals and received a great response from the studio audience.

KadnayBeat Of The Universe

It was then time for Indie electro-pop duo Kadnay to show their efforts. Dima Kadnay took the lead on vocals with Phil Kolyadenko providing backing vocals and keyboard.  Beat Of The Universe is a perfect mix of indie and electro-pop. The group wore some unusual outfits with Dima Kadnay wearing a long black tunic which in some angles looked like he was wearing a dress. In the middle of the song the duo broke out into dance which was well received by the audience. They made the most out of strobe lighting and lighting effects to enhance the performance and showed themselves as excellent contenders in the competition.

YurcashStop Killing Love

Then it was time for some, as front-man Yuri Yurko describes as, ‘intelligent-intellectual punk rock’. Stop Killing Love starts off as a good, solid rock song with heavy guitar intro. Yurcash were dressed in beige and brown rags and Yurko’s microphone stand was wrapped in thorns. It was a bizarre performance from beginning to end but thoroughly entertaining and interesting.

Mountain Breeze –  I See You

Mountain Breeze are no strangers to Ukrainian television. They took part in Ukraine’s Got Talent in 2017 and The X Factor in 2016. Mountain Breeze are a young trio from Poltava in East Ukraine. Fronted by lead vocalist Sasha, the band took to the stage, each playing their own individual instruments. I See You has a sweet melody but seemed to lack impact on stage.

Illaria Syla – Power

Last year’s 5th place finalist Illaria was back for another attempt. Illaria brought traditional ethnic sounds to her song. Syla was written by Illaria, specifically for Eurovision because she wanted to inspire people to believe in themselves and overcome life’s difficulties. Illaria performed the song partially in Ukrainian and in English.

Ilarria took to the stage in a long white and gold gown and a spectacular gold head dress. Behind her was an ensemble of backing singers, all playing traditional Ukrainian instruments such as the Trembita that some might remember from Ruslana’s Wild Dances. Illaria put in a solid performance with perfect vocals and held a strong presence on the stage.

DilemmaNa Pati – On the party

Bom, bom, bom, bom, bom, bom. It was time to party. Dilemma burst onto the screen with their song On the party which brought the first part of the show to a close. The track is a modern floor filler filled with rapping vocals. In the lyrics Dilemma want everyone to wake up and party.

As expected, the performance was full of fun, colour and energy, there was even a dancing pink dog!

See alsoVideo interview with TAYANNA: With less worry, I could have won last year

The Show

The Ukrainian selection show was once again broadcast from the Palace of Culture in Kyiv. Serhiy Pritula returned as the host and lead the show until it’s conclusion with Ruslan Quinta behind the scenes as the producer.

Andriy Danylko (Verka Serduchka) returned as a judge along with 2016 Eurovision winner Jamala. They were joined by new judge Eugene Filatov from The Maneken and Onuka.

This year’s French Eurovision participant Madame Monsieur joined as special guests tonight. They performed their French final winning track Mercy. .

The Results

It was a 50/50 split between the judges and the public televote, which decided the outcome. When host Serhiy Pritula invited the contestants back onto the stage for the results it was Mélovin who received the biggest cheer, closely followed by Tayanna. The results were read out, first it was the judges turn to read out their votes with the public votes closely following.

It was Mélovin, Tayanna and Kadnay who won the most votes overall and secured their places in the final. Do any of them have what it takes to win?
All six acts for the final will compete for the golden ticket next Saturday, on the 24th of February. The winner will represent Ukraine at the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest.

Categories: Eurovisionary

17
February
2018

Hungary 2018: Boys Aboard! A Dal Grand Final all-male lineup complete

During the second Semi-Final of Hungary’s national selection show A Dal 2018 the last four finalists have been determined. Now we are only one step away from finding out who will represent the Central European country in Lisbon. One thing is already for sure: it’s not going to be a female artist. Grand Final next Saturday!

Contents

  • 1 The songs
  • 2 The show
  • 3 The results
  • 4 Hungary at the Eurovision Song Contest

The songs

The following nine songs have been performed during the second Semi-Final

  1. AWS – Viszlát nyár
  2. Ceasefire X – Satellites
  3. Cintia Horváth & Tomi BaloghJourney
  4. Tamás HorváthMeggyfa
  5. Viktor KirályBudapest Girl
  6. Odett – Aranyhal
  7. Nikoletta Szőke – Attila Kökény – Róbert Szakcsi Lakatos – Életre kel
  8. Tamás VastagNe hagyj reményt
  9. yesyes – I Let You Run Away

Some of the performances saw a couple of changes compared to the heats: Cintia Horváth and Tomi Balogh performed a longer version of their song, Odett was joined by four female vocalists this time on stage, while Tamás Vastag had brand new LED graphics. The band yesyes has made some changes in their music.

The show

Our hosts of the show were once again Krisztina Rátonyi and Gábor Alfréd Fehérvári or, as we all know him from 2016, Freddie. Members of the jury panel were rock musician Károly Frenreisz, actress Judit Schell, the lead singer of the band Magna Cum Laude, Misi Mező, and songwriter Miklós Both. The combination of the scores given by them and the viewers at home have determined the first three qualifiers. The fourth and last finalist has been chosen by only the televoters.

During the show it was been revealed that Odett’s song Aranyhal has won the award for the Best Lyrics of the Year. Hungary’s 1998 Eurovision representative Charlie, and Adrien Szekeres (who finished 2nd behind Csézy at Hungary’s national selection back in 2008) performed a wonderful duet as tonight’s interval act.

The results

Artist / SongKárolyJuditMisiMiklósViewersTotal / Rank
AWS – Viszlát nyár 910 10 10 46 / 1st 
Ceasefire X – Satellites 8998640 / 4th
Cintia Horváth & Tomi BaloghJourney 8888436 / 9th
Tamás Horváth – Meggyfa38 / 5th 
Viktor Király – Budapest Girl 1042 / 3rd 
Odett – Aranyhal 8888537 / 6th
N. Szőke – A. Kökény – R. Szakcsi Lakatos – Életre kel 8988437 / 7th
Tamás VastagNe hagyj reményt 8877636 / 8th
yesyes – I Let You Run Away 910 45 / 2nd 

The Top 3 has automatically qualified to the Grand Final, The televoters have saved Tamás Horváth in the second voting round.

That means these acts still have a chance to get the right to represent Hungary at the Eurovision Song Contest 2018 in Lisbon, alongside with the qualifiers from the first Semi-Final:

  • Gergely DánielfyAzt mondtad
  • Zsolt SüleZöld a május
  • Gábor Heincz “BIGA”Good Vibez
  • Leander KillsNem szól harang

Hungary at the Eurovision Song Contest

Hungary debuted at Eurovision in 1994 in Dublin. Friderika Bayer’s 4th position from that year is still the country’s best ever result at the contest. After a longer period of withdrawals and returns, Hungary has participated at the Eurovision Song Contest every year since 2011.

In 2012, broadcaster MTVA launched the new national selection format; A Dal, which has quickly become popular and also successful. Since their 2011 return, Hungary has qualified to the Grand Final every single time – that means a series of seven qualifications in a row. On three occasions (2013, 2014 and 2017), they even finished in the Top 10 of the Grand Final.

This time let’s take a look back at Charlie’s performance at the 1998 Eurovision Song Contest in Birmingham. He finished in 23rd position with his song A holnap már nem lesz szomorú.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=grp5R_1YSnY

Categories: Eurovisionary

17
February
2018

Latvia’s Supernova 2018 sends the final two acts to the final

Latvia’s Supernova 2018 sends the final two acts to the final

The third heat of Latvia’s Supernova 2018 took place tonight with the final two acts being selected for next week’s final.

Tonight’s Supernova was the most difficult to qualify from, with all seven performances good enough to go to the final. In the end, the choices were made, leaving seven singers and songs in the final. The winner will represent Latvia at the Eurovision Song Contest 2018 in May, in Lisbon.

Contents

  • 1 The Hosts
  • 2 The Songs
  • 3 The Results
  • 4 Latvia At The Eurovision Song Contest

The Hosts

As in the last two weeks, Justs Sirmais and model and Latvian TV star, Dagmara Legante hosted the show. The green room was hosted, again by Toms Grēviņš. A quick recap of the five previously qualified finalists opened the show.

The Songs

Jenny May – Soledad

What better way to start a show than an up-tempo Spanish flavoured song. The comparisons to Despacito can’t be ignored, but Jenny May held her own. The fiesta and party nature of the song would make it a good one to dance to at Euro club. Jenny was all tied up in a rope to begin with, but fought herself free. Two female dancers added to the visuals.

Ed Rallidae – What I Had with You

Since the start of the Supernova, only Aminata songs have sent Latvia into the grand final of Eurovision. Lithuania has already dismissed two Aminata songs, so it’s back to her homeland that she tries again. This has the same electronic backing that we’re used to, but it’s a much darker and different song. Ed’s powerful low vocals give the song a powerful presence. If you were wondering what happened to Sergey’s wings, he has lent them to Ed. Another potential finalist.

See alsoLatvia Supernova 2018: Edgars and Liene through to the final

Katrine Lukins – Running Red Lights

This is the most modern and obviously chart-friendly song in the competition. Katrine has come on a million miles since her last appearance in the Supernova and has her heart set on making the final. Again another great performance that Latvia would be foolish to ignore. Katrine wore a bright red coat and short-ish black dress. She was accompanied by two female dancers.

Lauris Valters – Lovers Bliss

Lauris’s song dedicated to his wife is a happy upbeat number. With a heavy breathing four piece backing group and Lauris clicking on his fingers, this song is a change from love song mush. The catchy feel-good rhythm of the song matched Jenny’s party vibes and again would make a respectable Latvian entry.

MIONIA – You

A slow piano starts the song and the vocals can be compared with last weeks MADARA entry. The cello also draws similar comparisons, but the violins give it a unique style. This is another well-sung heartfelt ballad. Every note is ached out of MIONIA’s performance. MIONIA started the song at the piano, before taking the stage in her red dress. By now choosing two finalists has become an impossible task.

See alsoLatvia Supernova 2018: Two more songs and singers through to the final

Kris & Oz – Morning Flight

This slow-paced dramatic song by the trio, Kris and Oz is another good entry. Kris has a voice at times similar to Amy Winehouse, and is pitch perfect. While this song may be missing that X-Factor moment compared to the other six, it is still a worthy qualifier.

Laura Rizzotto – Funny Girl

Is this going to be a case of leaving the best till last? This highly polished James Bond type song was sung perfectly. Suggestions have been made already that this song is great for a movie soundtrack. Red is Latvia’s colour this year, as Laura wore a blood red long dress. A great way to end the semi-finals.

The Results

A mix of jury and Latvian public picked the two artists to go to the final. They picked Lauris Valters and Laura Rizzotto.

Latvia At The Eurovision Song Contest

Despite their excellent debut and win in 2002, Latvia’s history at Eurovision has been a little thorny. Out of eighteen entries, eight of them failed to make the final. The first time they stalled in the semis was in 2004 with Fomins and Kleins and the song Dziesma par laimi. How many of you can remember that one? The years 2009-2014 left Latvia out of the finals for six years. Three times they came last in their respective semis. In 2014 they came closest to qualifying when Cake To Bake placed 13th for Aarzemnieki. Unfortunately, Triana Park and Line returned Latvia to their familiar last place, last year.

Here’s Laura’s video for Funny Girl.

Categories: Eurovisionary

17
February
2018

Montevizija: Montenegro chose Vanja Radovanović to represent them in Lisbon

Montevizija: Montenegro chose Vanja Radovanović to represent them in Lisbon

Vanja Radovanović

Vanja Radovanović won tonight’s revived edition of Montevizija and as such will represent Montenegro at the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest. This happened after a tight national final with only five acts competing.

Earlier this week, Montenegrin broadcaster RTCG published short snippets of the five lucky finalists that had been chosen from 31 submissions received. As Montenegro already succeeded in Eurovision Song Contest with Balkan ballads, they hope to repeat this success after two years of staying in the semifinals.

The members of the jury who chose those finalists are two singers (Ismeta Dervoz and Vladimir Maraš) and three composers (Kornelije Kovač, Dejan Božović, and Slaven Knezović).

Let’s take a look at the songs and the live performance from Montevizija 2018.

Contents

  • 1 The Songs
  • 2 The Results
  • 3 Poll
  • 4 The show
  • 5 Montenegro at the Eurovision Song Contest

The Songs

Nina PetkovićDišem

Nina is the first one to perform. We may translate its title as I Breathe and it is the winner of our poll here on EuroVisionary. Dišem is a more uptempo song, compared to the other finalists. It is not vocally easy, but still, Nina delivered the song only with a few tones that were out of tune. Nina wears a black glitter coat with a cape. She dropped it off and four male dancers joined her on stage.

Vanja RadovanovićInje

Vanja is together with Nina one of the two finalists who composed their entry themselves. But unlike Nina, Vanja did it completely alone. Hoarfrost as we can translate the original title Inje is a typical Balkan ballad. String quartet joined Vanja on the stage. We may connect this entry to the songs by Knez or Sergej Ćetković.

Ivana Popović MartinovićPoljupci

Ivana brings a classy black dress with a little bit of extravaganza on the stage. Kisses would maybe deserve more stylish dress though. But even though, the love ballad is very likable and well sung. Nothing else distracts us from Ivana’s performance so we can focus on her vocals on point.

Katarina BogićevićNeželjena

Neželjena is translated as The Unwanted. But it is definitely not the song that’s unwanted, because it sounds modern even though it is also a ballad. It has a nice beat to the song and Montenegrin language suits the song really well. Katarina is flawless and also very beautiful. She wears a simple pink dress. Maybe this is the song that may win Montevizija 2018?

Lorena JankovićDušu mi daj

Lorena looks like a princess in her light blue dress. That also counts for the song. It is a romantic ballad that could be easily taken from a Disney fairytale. On the LED background we see a lot of stars throughout the performance. The title is translated as Give Me Soul. After this performance, we wouldn’t complain about giving it to Lorena.

The Results

In Montenegro, a jury had been responsible for picking the five finalists. The members of the jury are two singers (Ismeta Dervoz and Vladimir Maraš) and three composers (Kornelije Kovač, Dejan Božović, and Slaven Knezović).

In the final, it was however 100% televoting who decided the winner. First, TOP 3 of the televoting was announced for the superfinal. The winner was Vanja.

Artist1st RoundSuperfinal
Nina PetkovićOUT
Vanja RadovanovićTOP 31st
Ivana Popović MartinovićOUT
Katarina BogićevićTOP 32nd
Lorena JankovićTOP 33rd

Poll

Do you think Montenegro picked the right song? Vote in the poll to let us know who your favorite was.

Montevizija 2018 - Which song is best?

The show

In the beginning, we saw a video of the jury in the process of choosing the TOP 5. They also played a short recap of the previous Montenegrin participants. An interesting fact was the calculation of an average Montenegrin candidate, in the rules of height, weight, age, and sex. A fun fact was a photo collage of all previous representatives together.

After all the participants performed their entries, the hosts opened the televoting and Slavko Kalezić brought us into Space in his 2017 Eurovision entry. In the middle, he continued by another of his songs. The voting countdown opened after Slavko’s performance for another 13 minutes. It sounded like there is no audience as nobody applauded during the show. The string quartet from Vanja’s song played their string versions of past Eurovision songs.

After the TOP 3 was revealed for the superfinal, all three entries – Vanja, Katarina, and Lorena – performed their entries for the second time. During these second performances, the voting was already opened. After them, the string quartet continued with the cover versions of other Eurovision songs. Sergej Ćetković sent a video greeting and sung a refrain of his Eurovision entry Moj Svijet. The countdown opened again for the same time window as during the first round of voting.

Before the voting closed, also Knez performed his entry from Vienna – Adio. Then we saw a fake report from the final voting from May in Lisbon where Montenegro topped the voting and won. The scenes from the possible future after the Eurovision victory continued. A dream or a prophecy? Who knows, but let’s be honest, seeing that could be at least interesting.

Montenegro at the Eurovision Song Contest

Since their debut at the Eurovision Song Contest in 2007, Montenegro managed to qualify for the final only twice. With Sergej Ćetković in 2014, and also in 2015 with Knez. Both of those two qualifying entries were sung in Montenegrin and maybe that is the reason why this year, all five finalists were performed in their native language.

With no final two years in a row, the pressure is on tonight’s winner. Last year, Slavko Kalezić finished 16th in his semi-final, third to last. In the video below, remind yourself of his performance.

Categories: Eurovisionary

17
February
2018

Jessica Andersson and Martin Almgren straight to the final in Melodifestivalen 2018’s third heat

Jessica Andersson and Martin Almgren straight to the final in Melodifestivalen 2018’s third heat

Martin Almgren and Jessica Andersson are still very much in the run to represent Sweden at this year’s Eurovision Song Contest. In a semi-final whose outcome it was hard to predict, they went direct to the final of Melodifestivalen.

Do you remember Siw Malmkvist who represented Sweden at the 1960 Eurovision Song Contest, and Germany at the 1969 contest? A special tribute was paid to her during tonight’s heat, which included a beautiful performance from Linnea Henriksson.

First heat in Sweden gave John Lundvik and Benjamin Ingrosso each a place in the Swedish final to be held on the 10th of March. They will be joined by Samir & Viktor and LIAMOO who earned their final spots in the second heat.

Tonight, 7 more acts were fighting to join these four, or at least to get a second chance. It was hard to predict who would be the lucky ones, but in the end we got the following result:

Straight to the final: Martin Almgren and Jessica Andersson.

To Second Chance heat: Moncho and Mendez.

In 5th place came Kalle Moraeus & Orsa Spelmän.

Despite her song and performance having quite a big similarity to Loreen’s Eurphoria Dotter finished 6th, while Barbi Escobar failed to impress the viewers even less and ended last.

The participants

Most well known name tonight, in Eurovision circles, were Jessica Andersson, who represented Sweden at the 2003 Eurovision Song Contest as a part of the duo Fame.

  1. Martin Almgren – A Bitter Lullaby
  2. Barbi Escobar – Stark
  3. Moncho – Cuba Libre
  4. Jessica Andersson – Party Voice
  5. Kalle Moraeus & Orsa Spelmän – Min Dröm (My dream)
  6. Dotter – Cry
  7. Mendez – Everyday

Veteran songwriter Thomas G:son, with 11 Eurovision entries on his CV, had written both Dotter’s entry, and song five performed by Kalle Moraeus & Orsa Spelmän. Singer and songwriter Fredrik Kempe, who we find on five former Eurovision entries, were behind Jessica’s Party Voice.

2017 Danish final’s third place Johanna Beijbom has been encouraging her followers on Instagram to vote for her friend Jessica.

Sweden’s six Eurovision victories

With seven wins, Ireland is still the most winning country, but since they last won in 1996, Sweden have won three times, and with a total of six victories, they are catching up.

It was ABBA who with their Waterloo in 1974 gave Sweden their first victory. Ten years, later the three Herreys brothers repeated it, and from that on, Sweden become a country which often scored great results, and only rarely did bad.

Carola won a close competition in 1991, and Charlotte Nilsson (Now Perrelli) secured Sweden’s 4th victory eight years later.

Only once, after the 2004 introduction of semi-finals, have Sweden failed to reach the final. That was in 2010. After that, the country scored one success after the other. Since 2011, they only ended outside top 5 once!

Robin Bengtsson represented Sweden last year. He came 5th with the song I Can’t Go On. In the video below you can take a look at our special multicam edition from rehearsals of that entry:

Categories: Eurovisionary

16
February
2018

Alekseev will go to Lisbon for Belarus with his entry Forever

Alekseev will go to Lisbon for Belarus with his entry Forever

Alekseev

Belarus has chosen fan favourite Alekseev as the overall winner out of their 10 finalists and he will fly to Lisbon in May. Originally, 11 acts were set to perform in the national final but one withdrew. Time will tell if the song will actually be accepted by the EBU.

Out of 95 submitted songs to the Belarusian broadcaster BTRC, they chose 11 finalists. After the accusations of Alekseev that his entry was performed before 1st September 2017, Sofi Lapina decided to withdraw her entry Gravity from the competition. Some of the other participants reportedly signed a petition to disqualify Alekseev, but they did not withdraw in the end. So we now have 10 songs in the final that will fight for the one and only ticket to Lisbon to represent Belarus in the first semifinal.

Contents

  • 1 The Songs
  • 2 The Show
  • 3 The Results
  • 4 Belarus at the Eurovision Song Contest

The Songs

AdagioTy i ja

Adagio is a pop-opera project that tries to continue in the Eurovision tradition of pop-opera entries. The last one being Italy in 2015 with Il Volo and their song Grande Amore. The leader of the group has really big voice range and the song tries to use it to its maximum. Ty i ja means You andI in English and therefore it is a love ballad. Mixed with opera, it is a good combination. The 4 piece male group was joined on stage by two female vocalists just as during the live auditions. Being it a very vocally demanding entry, Adagio delivered it with a grace the opera deserves.

AlekseevForever

The biggest favourite in Belarus this is actually not a Belarusian act, but a neighbor from Ukraine. Alekseev originally planned to submit Forever to Vidbir 2018 in Ukraine, but after some complications with the jury, he decided to try his luck in Belarus. He is not known only in Ukraine but also in Russia and other Russian speaking countries. Alekseev chose a very special and futuristic outfit full of small lights used throughout his performance in the same style as the LED background. It is questionable how this costume may work in Lisbon where there will be no LED displays to use on the stage. During his performance, Alekseev was sometimes out of tune. Maybe because of a few changes in the melody he was forced to make after those accusations.

ShumaChmarki

Chmarki marks one of the two entries this year sung in the Belarusian language. Maybe after the success of Naviband singing in Belarusian, the duo Shuma wants to use this as their advantage. The song is quite dark… well what to expect from the song with the title, that translates to English as Clouds? The song was unfortunately accused of breaking the rules because it uses parts of the traditional lyrics and therefore this needs to be changed. This electropop song was joined by the black, white and red graphics on the background. In some moment, this seemed too chaotic.

NAPOLIChasing Rushes

After trying it four times before, Chasing Rushes is NAPOLI’s fifth attempt. The song has nice and modern beat and Olga Shimanskaya serves it with quality. She and the two female dancers wear red leather clothes and a black mask. Vocally, she was flawless, but her pronunciation was just ok. Sometimes the word “rushes” in the refrain sounded like “Russias”.

See alsoA Greek tragedy or comedy? Yianna Terzi to represent Greece in Lisbon

Anastasiya MalashkevichWorld on Fire

World on Fire was composed by the sisters Ylva and Linda Persson from Sweden and marks one of the many final appearances in this year’s national finals over Europe. Anastasiya Malashkevich is not a newbie in the national final as she already took part in the past. She was unfortunately ill during the live audiences earlier in January, but that was a different performance from today. Anastasiya serves the song with a rock-queen realness which makes the song stand out in the lineup. She was joined by one male and one female vocalist on stage. Just as NAPOLI, also Anastasiya wears red clothes. In the end, the vocalists waved the black and red flags.

GuneshI Won’t Cry

Also, Gunesh is a regular participant in the national final and, as we know from some other European countries, trying on and on again may eventually pay off. Maybe this year is the year when Gunesh finally wins? This upbeat pop song is accompanied by a colourful background LED projection. Gunesh was very good vocally during her live performance.

RadiovolnaSubway Lines

Group Radiovolna brings another ballad on the stage. After finishing on 9th place in 2016 national final, they now hope for a better result. Subway Lines start with a soft whispery verse but continue and rise to bigger refrain in the end. The guys wore jeans and white shirts. In the last part of the song, there are also famous Eurovision style drums, just as Petra Mede and Måns Zelmerlöw taught us during their Love Love Peace Peace.

Alen HitI Don’t Care

Alen has a dance song and therefore we see him joined on stage by two male dancers. They both together with Alen wear black and white clothes. There are also some female backing vocals hidden in the backstage. Before the end of his performance, we may be pretty sure that Allen really doesn’t care.

LexyI Ain’t You

A former Belarusian national finalist Aleksandra Tkach is the author of Lexy’s entry. A male dancer in a role of her lover joins Lexy on stage, as I Ain’t You is a love ballad. In the background, we see a video projection of Lexy. Together with Alekseev, Lexy is probably one of the youngest participants this evening.

Kirill GoodDeja Vu

Yet under his real name Kiril Yermakov, he already took part in the national final before, but now he tries it again. This time he uses the stage name Kirill Good and he brings a modern dance song. This one is quite similar to Justin Timberlake’s Can’t Stop the Feeling which he performed during the Eurovision 2016 final.

The Show

The show has begun right away with a powerful performance of Naviband who took us back to Kyiv with their entry Historyja majho žyccia. The hosts were again Belarusian representative from Copenhagen – TEO – and Olga Ryzhikova. After they hosted the show already few times together they just got used to each other a lot. After the opening act, winter Olympics athlete Hanna Huskovova, who just won the Belarusian gold medal in the acrobatic skiing got her attention and honours from the hosts. We saw the recapitulation of Belarusian past finalists in the Eurovision Song Contest finals. Shortly after that, Olga and TEO presented the members of the professional jury together with the voting system.

Just as everytime in the past few years, there are postcards that presented the artists. This time they were in a sort of a cube with a chair and table in a different colour light. The performances continued one after the other quite quickly so there were no bigger delays and only two commercials in the half of the entries and then after the last one. The hosts opened the voting for a window of only 10 minutes. TEO and Olga closed the televoting and announced its results and we saw a total of 7 guest performers as the interval act. One of them being the unsuccessful national final entrant Angelika Pushnova with her entry Fighting for Love penned by Vladimir Graić, the composer of Molitva. In the end, last year’s winners – Naviband – performed again.

The Results

The finals results come from the votes of a professional jury (50 %) and televoting (50 %). In the case of a tie, the jury voting had higher priority.

ArtistTelevotingJuryTotalPlace
Adagio11210th
Alekseev1212241st
Shuma10 4143rd
NAPOLI76134th
Anastasiya Malashkevich57127th
Gunesh68142nd
Radiovolna210126th
Alen Hit4269th
Lexy3478th
Kirill Good85135th

In the end, after combining the votes from televoting and the jury, the hosts announced Alekseev as the winner of the national final for 2018 and rewarded him with the trophy. You can check the official video to his entry Forever below.

Belarus at the Eurovision Song Contest

In the recent years, Belarus has had no bigger success. Until last year when Naviband with their song Historyja majho žyccia sung in the Belarusian language qualified for the final and there finished on 17th place. That rounded up the number of Belarus’ appearances in the final to five. Maybe Alekseev will be their sixth one? In the meantime, you can watch Naviband performing their entry in Kyiv in a special multicam version.

Categories: Eurovisionary

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