The Wiwi Jury: Belarus’ Litesound with “We Are the Heroes”

Today the Wiwi Jury heads to Minsk to review Litesound’s ESC 2012 song “We Are the Heroes.” The rock group had a bumpy ride getting to Eurovision: as you’ll recall, they actually lost the national final to this monstrosity. But eventually the government intervened and now the Wiwi Jury has the opportunity to pass judgment on Litesound. Will they prove to be heroes? Or will they earn big fat zeroes? Let’s see…

Wiwi: Before I review this, I’d like to send a shout out to everyone’s favorite Communist wet dream Miss Anastasiya Vinnikova, Belarus’ Eurovision 2011 contestant. Your entry “I Love Belarus” was amazing. Loved. It.

Turning to Litesound, I’m pleased to say that Belarus actually has a shot at making the final this year. Just as Sinplus uses alternative rock to channel an uplifting message, Litesound also proves that rock doesn’t have to be about sex and drugs and suicide. “We Are the Heroes” takes a simple message—you can overcome—and gives it life. It’s not just about overcoming a bad break-up. It’s not just about shutting down people who hate on you. It’s about triumphing over any adversity you might encounter. And you know what? Litesound knows that all y’all are fickle and may not love them tomorrow. So they throw in a lyric saying they love you, but they’ll still get on fine without you: “You’re not alone, we’re against them all/ Hold on to me, I’ll never let you fall/ Even if someday our love is gone/ I will not give up.” They are gonna keep on moving even if you aren’t with them. Oh, snap!

Litesound’s sound is alternative but mainstream, light enough to be easy, but deep enough to make listening to it worthwhile. A good effort, but one limited by the lead singer’s questionable English.

Score: 5/10

Vebooboo: This tune is simple and catchy, and that counts in Eurovision land, and it’s in a genre a bit apart from all other songs in this year’s competition. The lead singer’s voice could definitely be better, but his face is ruul ruul cute so I’m slightly forgiving.

Score: 5/10

Meows Kitty: Even with my untrained unmusical ears, I can safely say that the whole song was sung off key. Nevertheless, the feel good beats and Star Trek outfits make it slightly forgivable that they actually cannot sing. Just like last year’s entry, I think we can always count on Belarus for some entertainment at the very least.

Score: 6.5/10

Deban: Hearing this song now, it all makes sense. It’s like prophecy come true, and Litesound have confidently bagged the last laugh. In case you have not been paying attention, Belarus has had the most turmoil in selecting its national entry this year. It seems that Litesound, who were originally the runners-up, rightly predicted their heroes welcome. The “winning” entry eventually got ditched for Litesound 10 days later. “We Are The Heroes” drives home the notion of triumphing over adversity, and I LOVE that.

The lyrics are great. The melody has a steady pace. The boys are a sight for sore eyes. All in all, it’s an uplifting package. The downside is the enunciation. Some of the lyrics are poorly pronounced, preventing them from fully conveying the critical message of the song. Also, they could do with a modernised wardrobe. Hopefully, these will be tidied up before Baku.

“Whatever’s standing in my way/ We’ll make it through the day/ ‘Cause we are the winners, we are the heroes/ We’re breaking down the walls/ We’re gathering them all/ ‘Cause we are believers/ We are the dreamers.” With lyrics like that “We Are The Heroes” transcends borders. In years to come, I am confident that this song will become an ESC anthem of perseverance.

Score: 7/10

The Wiwi Jury Verdict: 5.88/10

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