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 NUTEKI with “Take My Heart”. Did we listen to their command? Read on and find out!
NUTEKI – “Take My Heart”
“Take My Heart” reviews
Sami: For better or worse, Belarus usually brings something unique to the contest. But I think now is their time to send something that European radio stations would actually play. “Take My Heart” might not have the best production and it lacks a hook, but at least it’s something I can see people from Australia to Portugal enjoying. If they nail the stage performance, NUTEKI will be my choice.
William: The singer from Nuteki takes my heart and he can take my hand while he’s at it. One of the most modern tracks ever to come out of Belarus — and certainly its national final — this wouldn’t be out of place on a London dance floor or a chic Stockholm bar. Nuteki perform it convincingly and with swagger. It may be slightly predictable, but it rides the electro-dance trend better than any other song in the contest. NAVI has authenticity and friendliness on its side, but this has the gloss. Belarus will have to decide what matters more.
Luis: The question here is, after Ivan’s crash, does Belarus really want to go for another bland pop-rock song? The lead singer has a great voice and he would kill it with a proper rock banger. NUTEKI have had several decent attempts in the recent Belarusian national finals, and this one is not bad at all. However, with “Take my Heart”, I can’t see a sky full of stars awaiting them.
Robyn: Ivan’s “Help You Fly” might not have made the final in Stockholm, but at least his song had some personality and attitude. NUTEKI’s overall performance is good and lead singer Mikhail has a versatile rock voice, but “Take My Heart” is just so bland. There’s very little that makes me want to listen again.
Mikhail: This is an energetic song with an explosive chorus and a rocky vibe — I approve. Nuteki have big support from their fans as well. I really enjoy this and I think it is a serious contender. It does become a bit repetitive, I must admit, but it’s still good enough.
Chris: Nuteki have tried so many times now, but at least this is one of their better entries to the Belarus NF. All that said, “Take My Heart” is fairly bland and feels like a weaker version of a Litesound entry. The pre-chorus instrumental lacks any real drive behind it and, despite the good vocals, there’s no magic that makes me want to get behind it.
Kristin: Well, the boys of NUTEKI are not messing around this time and they have something good to offer. It’s refreshing to hear something other than bland attempts at soft nu metal (no offence, Ivan) and “Take my Heart” is nearly a perfect pop song with a strong beat and a modern twist. I’m going to disagree with my fellow bloggers and say that this song is one of the better offerings of Belarus in several years. There, I said it.
Antranig: “Take My Heart” doesn’t start off very promising. The verses don’t pack a punch but things change come the chorus. The rock vibe does wonders for this song and takes it to another level. Lyrically, this is also very strong — something few of his competitors can match. NUTEKI is surely the best chance Belarus has to make the final this year.
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 5 and a high of 9.