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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Christian
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Before I review this, I’d like to send a shout out to everyone’s favorite Miss Anastasiya Vinnikova, Belarus’ Eurovision 2011 contestant. Your entry that did not make it ”Born in Bellaroussia” was a WINNER.
Such a shame that it was disqualified.
These guys are great and I have a weak spot for Belarus in general and I loved the track “Hasta la vista” in it’s original winning structure but when it was time for the Eurovision it had been changed to a rock song:(
Please Litesound stick to this song. No changes please because this is great as it is!

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[…] It’s sad to say, but this was terrible! As much as I love this entry (read the Wiwi Jury verdict here), the rehearsal fell flat. What Litesound needs to realise is that they are the winners. They got […]

Neil
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Neil

Wow! Litesound nails it for me. Apart from the lead singer’s stunning good looks which will hold the hardest of hearts to attention, lol, the song is upbeat and promises hope, no matter what. Lots of energy – I will be surprised if they don’t get in to the top 3.

MoMo
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MoMo

This sounds is the no-frills-supermarket hybrid of Chad Kroeger (lead singer of Nickleback) and Rick Astley.
The singing was off key at best.
You are the heroes? I think not. Save yourselves first.

francisco
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francisco

Mediocre and shallow lyrics, however, the rythm is nice, relatively complex, I like that. And yes, they’re pretty, but frankly, prettyness shouldn’t be a “winning factor” should it? I thought it was all about the music…lol

Zolan
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Zolan

Anthems 101. The song is pretty good, and their vocals are about right for it, but it still lacks punch. Although the latest version is much clearer stylistically, it is still much, much too conservative. I feel that they have no idea what sound to aim for, so they skimp on every bit of musical interest, leaving little more than a beat and chord sequence. Rock vocals depend on the music for their effectiveness, rather like surfers depend on waves. You can’t expect the guys to deliver enough drive and force without support (that’s why we’re noticing vocal imperfections here).… Read more »

H.K. Dick
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I like this. Up-tempo, easy chorus but what makes it stand out is the sexy guys in their skin tight costumes

If he needs practice with his English oral skills I can help him..

Julian
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Julian

Wow 5, 5, 5 average. Now in understand, when (and it’s a chance) i’m not an english speaking native, so if i have to leasten 40 songs in my own language, oh my god, no non english speaking ears voices, music, energy etc etc but lyrics lol. Now, i like this song, but the new version (made by 1 greek) isn’t my cup of thea, i prefer old one. Anyway, my italian compatriot is excited to participate at esc, (But he doesn’r know any rules, any strategy, i hope for him he makes the final otherwise, the cruel eurovision machine… Read more »

Alexandru
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Alexandru

Where is the review for Azerbaijan? Sabina is one of the greatest artists in this year’s Eurovision Song Contest! I’m sure that her song “When the music dies” will receive high points from the national juries and the viewers.

Emma
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Emma

Hey guys, glad to see you liked this one–especially Deban, seeing as he’s the Wiwi Jury’s Simon Cowell so it’s extra special when he has a bunch of nice things to say–and I agree in re the wardrobes. They’re doing the same thing as Danny Saucedo, burying their cute selves in space suits and I do *not* approve. The outfits are so distracting, you can barely pay attention to their faces–and what nice faces they are:) This video, however, is outdated. It may the official video, but I’m 95% sure someone (Lushenko) made them record a new version of the… Read more »

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[…] with “Should’ve Known Better” (6.25) 9. Romania: Mandinga with “Zaleilah” (6.25) 11. Belarus: Litesound with “We Are the Heroes” (5.88) 12. France: Anggun with “Echo (You and […]