Today the Wiwi Jury — our in-house panel of music unprofessionals — travelled to Minsk to enjoy a fresh bowl of Machanka and to burn off those carbs with some folk dancing. Whilst we caught our breath we decided to review Alexander Minyonok‘s Junior Eurovision 2016 song “Muzyka Moikh Pobed” (Music of My Victories). Does it have us dancing…or just keen to sit down? Read on to find out…
Belarus’ Junior Eurovision 2016 song
“Muzkya moikh pobed” reviews – Alexander Minyonok
Chris: With an underlying beat that has hints of Alyona Lanskaya’s canned “Rhythm of Love”, Alexander has a track that could surprise. To me, it’s one of the most thematically appropriate tracks of this year’s contest. It’s fun and the hoverboards, should they make it to Valletta, only emphasize this fact. It’s loud and brash, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing. To me this is the real dark horse of the competition.
Robyn: This put a smile on my face. A lively and super catchy pop song delivered by a confident performer who completely owns the stage. The hoverboards work in a kid-friendly way (in the way that they never really worked during Måns’ number at ESC 2016), though I could do with less close-ups of the boards and more of Alexander and his dancers. It’s so much fun! This is why Belarus is such a JESC power nation.
William: Edgy and urban, this is among the hottest street tracks of the year. Young Alexander has swagger in spades and I can imagine him spraying graffiti on the side of buildings while dancing in step and singing in tune. This is a skill to envy. The track is an upbeat antidote to all the power ballads and I appreciate the energy. I’ll definitely bob my head when this comes on!
Bernardo: Belarus and Alexander Minyonok bring us – probably – the most junior appropriate song of the year. This is, above all, fun. From start to finish Alexander carries the song without taking a deep breath. Among dancers and hover boards, he leads a three-minute pop explosion that will surely be a crowd pleaser. I’m already getting ready to dance in Malta. Are you?
Deban: Alexander exudes a level of confidence that screams VETERAN. His upbeat pop number is packed with enough hooks to tie you over, and the burst of colour provides an engaging backdrop. Although the sound is inspired by the 80s, there’s enough movement served with visual technology and hover boards to make this very 2016.
Edd: Strong vocals, excellent stage presence and a boom-tastic show, but unfortunately the song ain’t going nowhere. The verse is a well-produced build up to what should be a killer chorus, but instead is just a messy melody sung over a weak instrumental. The brass really lifts the song in the final chorus, but I doubt enough to repeat the success of their extremely similar entry in 2013.
Jason: “Muzyka Moikh Pobed” is a bouncy and super kid-friendly entry. Alexander Minyonok is slick. His styling, vocals and choreography all scream of professionalism, and this is a good thing. After all, Junior Eurovision is still a competition. There is an awful lot going on in this performance, but this can be easily remedied. All in all, a strong entry from Belarus.
Josh: I’m still a firm believer that Belarus is one of the most underrated countries at Junior Eurovision. Their ability to send consistently fun, enjoyable and age appropriate entries is amazing — and “Muzyka Moikh Pobed” is no exception. Alexander is full of energy, and to be able to sing and roll around on a hover board at the same time is crazy. I bet Beyonce couldn’t even do that.
Marek: I find it hard to believe that a Junior Eurovision song can be so catchy. I can’t tell whether it’s because of the beat of the song or Alexander’s voice – which is, by the way, perfect for the song. I love Alexander’s energy on stage and it really bursts out of him. You can feel the power that radiates out of this young man.
Zakaria: For such a young performer, Alexander has an imposing stage presence as well as amazing live vocals and great dance moves. The song itself is nothing extraordinary. It’s a typical Junior Eurovision song with a bouncy rhythm and easy-to-remember chorus. Unlike other acts that are pitching to adults, Alexander presents an age-appropriate song targeting a young audience. I don’t see any reason why this song shouldn’t do well in Malta.
Our jury for 2016 consists of twenty-one jurors, but we only have room for ten reviews. The remaining eleven scores are listed below.
The highest and lowest scores are not counted prior to calculating the average score. This is to remove outliers and potential bias. We have removed a low of 4.5 and a high of 10.