Belarus lived up to its reputation as Europe’s last dictatorship this evening by choosing a contestant with a dodgy record in a “contest” potentially fraught with voting irregularities.
That’s right, people. Alyona Lanskaya—the shrieker who “won” Euro Fest 2012 with the song, but later had her title stripped by authorities—has “won” this year’s national selection. Remarkably she managed to place first with both the public and the jury. Hmmm. It makes me laugh that two separate people at Junior Eurovision told me this would win—and they were right!
You could make the case that she won legitimately. “Rhythm of Love,” her winning song, isn’t nearly as appalling as last year’s “All My Life.” That’s mainly because it’s an electro-dance number rather than a ballad, which make the singer’s voice a lot less important. Thank God for the backing. As a song it’s kind of catchy, and the lyrics do make us giggle. “This is the dance/ Let us confess/ The secret that’s burning/ Inside of our our chest.” That’s clever. Though we think it’s heartburn rather than love.
Legitimate or not, the sad reality is that Eurovision fans will forever view her as something of a fraud because of last year’s drama. But there is a silver lining. Based on her choreography, which includes a lot of writhing on the floor, we suspect she’ll get 12 points from Hungary. Hungary’s Adok Zoli (Eurovision 2009) and that crazy heifer who covered Loreen on Hungarian X-Factor both opened their performances in the same way!