We are getting close to Belarus’ national selection for Eurovision 2017, which takes place on January 20. In recent weeks the Wiwi Jury — our in-house panel of musical unprofessionals — has been listening to and reviewing all of the songs. Next up is PROvokatsiya with “My Love”, serving their pain with tons of emotions. But was it enough to melt our hearts? Read on and find out!
PROvokatsiya – “My Love”
“My Love” reviews
Chris: There’s nothing too wrong here, but then there’s not a lot that’s right. The duo aren’t the best singers in harmony and at times it feels a little like a battle, more than a duet. The song drags on and it’s hurt by the lyrics, too, which feel like they’ve been crammed in as an afterthought to the melody.
Mikhail: Post-Soviet ’90s wailing. What else could we expect? I admit, they feel that pain they are singing about, but the way they sing it is not my love. Not even close. For me it sounds like some sing-off in karaoke bar behind the “a little bit drunk” line. It could just be the technical quality of Belarusian audition stream, but I don’t think that it matters that much.
Luis: They are called PROvokatsiya, but the only thing they provoke are yawns. As much as the guys feel the song, why would any country make their 2017 choice be a song that a ’90s boyband would have rejected? These guys have beautiful voices, and they work well on their own, but their harmonies need to be polished. “My Love” is lame, and the concept of a duo singing a love song directed to a third person is not really engaging.
William: These outfits are very Mao Zedong slumber party. But rather than discussing a cultural revolution these bros are overdosing on sentiment. I respect their passion and they blend rather well, but two dudes pouring their hearts out over the same woman is a little creepy and I just want to unplug the speakers. This could slay in a gay telenovela — I would 100% watch! — but for Eurovision it’s just not working.
Robyn: This isn’t a great song and PROvokatsiya aren’t the best singers, but they put so much into their performance. Despite the duo’s futuristic look, the song has a cloying and old-fashioned sound. But PROvokatsiya put a lot of heartfelt emotion into their performance and can’t be faulted for that.
Sami: Before the chorus, I couldn’t really catch a single English word from all that mumbling. Not sure if I should blame their vocals or just the awful acoustics of this audition room. But no matter how great the lyrics might be, that wouldn’t be enough to lift this song anywhere. It’s bland, it’s dull and really lacks a memorable melody. I rather watch this on mute, as the boys are nice to look at but they really need few singing lessons before the final.
Kristin: What in the world? Someone should inform those two lovely boys that singing is not what they are destined to do. Oh dear. The song is not bad as such, but it is far from being good. What was intended to be a heartfelt and emotional ballad, seems more like a duel between two equally bad singers about who can cram in more false notes. This leaves nothing but a constant “My Love” ring in my ears. Which is not a good thing.
Antranig: Two young, attractive guys singing a love song — what could possibly go wrong? Apparently, just about everything. Individually they aren’t bad but they don’t harmonise very well. The song isn’t terrible but it gets repetitive. I think these boys could use a bit more experience before they take to the Eurovision stage. I hope to see them again in a year or two.
In the Belarus Wiwi Jury, we have 18 jurors but only room for 8 reviews. The rest of our scores can be found below:
Before calculating the average score, the highest and lowest scores are dropped. This is to remove outliers and reduce potential bias. We have removed a low of 0.5 and a high of 5.