The Wiwi Jury — our in-house panel of music unprofessionals — has journeyed to the beautiful city of Minsk to check out the 10 acts competing in Eurofest 2018. With the national final on February 16, each act is busy preparing for the grand final show.

The next entrant up for review is ethno electronic group Shuma with “Chmarki”. As one of only two songs sung in Belorussian this year, will “Chmarki” make its mark? Read on to find out!

Shuma – “Chmarki”

“Chmarki” reviews

Anthony: Continuing with the language influence following Naviband’s mixed success, the minimal ethno-electronic vibes makes pleasant listening and there is staging potential to make it really stand out. A word of warning — Latvia flopped with “Line” — “Chmarki” will need a stronger end-product if Belarus considers sending this to Lisbon.

Score: 6/10

Chris: It’s as if Naviband and ONUKA had a baby. This is by far the best option for Belarus this year, even if it would be a considerable risk. Certainly, there’d need to be some good staging to go with it, or it might feel too sparse. Shuma are on to something very good here and hopefully they can rise above the generic pop around them.

Score: 7.5/10

Lukas: Shuma is very alternative, and from all the dated pop songs in this selection – it does stand out. The song “Chmarki” is interesting, but after one minute it is the same thing over and over again. It just gets very repetitive and boring. This song needs a revamp if they want to reach a better place in the selection.

Score: 6/10

Robyn: There’s something unusual going on here and I like it. “Chmarki” has a stripped back vibe, where every sound seems to be there for a reason. It’s not a typical Belarusian entry, so it’s encouraging that BTRC is taking a risk with an act like Shuma. I’m not sure a song like this would necessarily work at Eurovision, but it’s a welcome addition to the national final.

Score: 7/10

Sebastian: This is perfection, amplified. When an act brings something revolutionary to a national final and executes it well, I am moved beyond emotion. Some might dismiss this as dull, but if you look beyond the surface, we see developed layers of eccentricity. I don’t know how they did it, but their live audition performance is even better than their heavily synthesised recording. A complete sensory experience. I’m mesmerised. Anti-pop in its most glorious form.

Score: 9.5/10

In our Eurofest Wiwi Jury, we have 11 jurors who made it to Minsk, but only room for 5 reviews. The rest of our scores can be found below:

Antranig: 6.5/10

Luis: 7/10

Natalie: 7/10

Barnabas: 3/10

Deban: 7/10

Jonathan:  7.5/10

 

 

 

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 3 and a high of 9.5.

Wiwi Jury Verdict: 6.83/10

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I love this, much better than the winning entry, risky for Eurovision, bot not at all doomed to failure. In my opinion it’s a pity, that electronic music is mostly voted down in the national finals by the public, unless it’s electro pop like Latvia’s Aminata. Germany had a very good entry from Blitzkids mvt. in 2013, that didn’t qualify (we all know, Cascada wasn’t the better choice) because of the televote. And when Germany sent an electronic entry with Lena in 2011, it did well even though the song didn’t suit the artist and many people thought it was… Read more »

Serge
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Serge

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IBauV0Tspw4

They were 3 in group and that was better)

AngieP
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AngieP

This is different for sure. It has an interesting sound and a good singer. However, it feels messy and it’s too electro for me. I don’t know how it can be presented on a stage. Need to see this live.
6/10

Héctor
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Héctor

Arguably the best entry in Belarus! I’m with Sebastian. “Chmarki” should go to Lisbon.

Benny
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Benny

No, I don’t like it. Sorry.

Skimur
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Skimur

The name of the song is “Hmarki” (or Khmarki) – means “small clouds”, but not Chmarki (sounds similar to a bad word).

Kris
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Kris

This is the only competition for a corrupt player ! I hope this wins just to show that corruption won’t pay. At ESC though irrespective Alekseev will have learned his lesson!

Kris
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Kris

A 6/10

Zac
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Zac

this is the best song in the entire NF season it does not deserve to be treated like this

sebastian thank u for flying the flag

Weißbrot
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Weißbrot

I’m not gonna lie, I think at this Point it’s almost certain, that Alekseev is going to Lisbon. Which, I think, isn’t bad, because the song sounds really Eurovision friendly. Maybe he would be the best choice, but this is more special. Either Alekseev or Shuma should go, noone else.

Polegend Godgarina
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Polegend Godgarina

I wasn’t impressed with the live rendition of this. Sounds too much like a garage production.

Tomas Patrick Davitt
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Tomas Patrick Davitt

I agree with a lot of the comments here – this has massive potential but the production of it falls short. It needs more undulations in the progress of the song and to be tidied up production-wise and it could be a really dark horse for a top 10 finish.

Christian
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Christian

For me, this would be the best choice for Belarus, no matter what people say about Alekseev.

Colin
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Colin

Without a doubt, this is the most original song in this NF. I like these kind of atmospheric songs. If it had more power and a better climax, it would be amazing. It’s my second favorite to win in Belarus, behind Adagio (who got an 8 from me now).

7/10

Cupcakke
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Cupcakke

anything lower than a 9 for this is a bad rank. stunning, dark, mysterious, haunting. I hope this wins the selection but I’ll keep those hopes low due to Alekseev’s inclusion.