After two rounds of auditions that were full of crazy performances and plenty of questionable songs (and one set of zombies and one live goose that served as a stage prop), the jury in Belarus has decided on the ten songs that will compete in the Belarusian national final for Eurovision 2016. They’ve extracted a few diamonds from the rough. The power now shifts from the jury to the people. During the final — which will take place sometime before January 25  only the televoters will have a say in who is headed to Stockholm.

Belarus at Eurovision 2016

Belarus Finalists Eurovision 2016

Alexander Ivanov with “How to Fly”

Valeriya Sadovskaya with “Not Alone”

https://youtu.be/twHp0iBFATY

Anastasiya Malashkevich with “Pray for Love”

NAVI with “Gyeta zyamlya (This Land)”

Alexey Gross with “Flame”

https://youtu.be/D2gZtwgDWE8

Kirill Yermakov with “Running to the Sun”

Radiovolna with “Radiowave (Ne Shodi S Uma)”

https://youtu.be/eHbOkgXvTJM

Sasha Zakharik with “Glory Night”

NAPOLI with “My Universe”

THE EM (Michael Soul & Egor Sharankov) with “Turn Around”

Did your favourite get through? Who should win? Let us know in the comments section below!

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Guy from Spain
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Guy from Spain

1. Kirill Yermakov (Running To The Sun)
2. Radiovolna (Radiowave (Ne Shodi S Uma)
3. Alexandr Ivankov (How To Fly)

I see Kirill Yermakov triumphing in the constest.

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Leni
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Leni

1. My Universe
2. Glory Night
3. Not Alone

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2015
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2015

1. My universe
2. Running to the sun
3. Pray for love

The rest of the songs are garbage

Donna
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Donna

I’m rooting for Aleksandr Ivanov, NAPOLI or Valeriya Sadovskaya will get to represent Belarus at the Eurovision next year. Their songs would likely send Belarus back into the finals with a possible Top 5 finish. They might just deliver Belarus their first win, even!

@EugeneESCUK
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Alexej Gross, NAPOLI and Anastasia Malashkevich have taken part in Belarus National Finals before, so that may give them a little advantage over the others.

Sweet Brains works well visually, but from a songwriting and lyrical point of view their song is just rubbish really!!

Vika
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Vika

The jury really got rid of the songs that would become a success in Stockholm.
For example:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gF_7Fx6bExc
No chance for Belarus this year.

D
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D

I oddly like a lot of these.
1) Valeriya Sadovskaya – “Not Alone”
2) Alexander Ivanov – “How to Fly”
3) Kirill Yermakov – “Running to the Sun”
4) Napoli – “My Universe”
5) Alexey Gross – “Flame”
6) The Em – “Turn Around”
7) Sasha Zakharik – “Glory Night”
8) Radiovolna – “Radiowave (Ne shodi s uma)”
9) Navi – “Gyeta zyamlya”
10) Anastasiya Malashkevich – “Pray for Love”

I’d be happy with any of them but my last three winning. Navi and Radiovolna are just boring, while I don’t like Anastasiya at all. The title is so cringeworthy (yet sadly expected from Belarus) and I can’t stand the song.

PP
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PP

Where is Natasha Bogdanova with “Hello” on list of finalist. She wili win final , thanks to 100 % televote. At Eurovision she will be in TOP 5 with televote, and 18 or 19 with juries in semfinal. Maybe in combined score she wili go to final.

PP
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PP

Robyn Gallagher

After this very poor songs, after national final, they will maybe change the winner song, or change and choose another singer and song . Remember 2005, 2010 they started with choose song for national final, they they choose groups , group got song, and after that group change song. They change song in 2011 because song is published before than EBU rules. In 2012 they had also change the winner, thanks to president reaction after the result of televote.

Antranig Shokayan
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“Pray For Love” has got to win. I’m very disappointed neither the zombies nor Kattie got through.

There were some amazingly terrible entries which I’d rather have seen make it.

Derek McGinn
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Derek McGinn

I hope Napoli My Universe or Kirill with Running to the Sun

Hippo
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Hippo

How to fly, not alone, pray for love my favourites. If Belarus couldn’t qualify last year with a decent song I can’t see them making it with any of these.

Yara
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Yara

I’LL NEVER FORGET: ONE, TWO, THREE, FIVE! The winner song!

Robyn Gallagher
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None of these songs really grab me. Quite a few sound rather old-fashioned, like the sort of thing that would have been an ESC entry from eight years ago. But who knows – maybe there’ll be some magic at the national final.

And it’s interesting that despite the broadcaster’s claim that preference would be given to songs using the Belarusian language, most are in English!

Foxreyna
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Foxreyna

I hope Not Alone wins!

AndrewRud
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AndrewRud

https://www.change.org/p/????????????????????-??????????-sweet-brains-?-?????-??????-??-???????????-2016?source_location=petitions_share_skip

christmas
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christmas

These are all horrible, doesn’t matter who will win ’cause Belarus ain’t in the final in 2016.

mocosuburbian
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mocosuburbian

Really good choices made by the jury for what Belarus was given (by the way, why all the sudden hype for Sweet Brains? Novelty acts are so mid 2000’s) So far: Alexander Ivanov’s song has a ton of great potential and with a studio version could serve as a strong contender in Stockholm, but the Eduard Romanyuta hair doesn’t do him any favors Valeriya Sadovskaya’s Not Alone is listenable, but probably won’t go very far as it gets excruciatingly repetitive and slightly messy at the end. Other than that, I don’t mind it. Pray for Love is a departure from… Read more »

@EugeneESCUK
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All 10 have audition videos, but only some had full studio version videos and those were the only 3 that made the final 10.

Jak
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Jak

Zombies and Natasha Bogdanova were my favourites.

Steven
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Steven

>My Universe does have an audition video, just search.

Pretty strong selection but I’m so sad the zombies didn’t make it :C

Andriy Samets
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Andriy Samets

https://www.change.org/p/????????????????????-??????????-sweet-brains-?-?????-??????-??-???????????-2016?recruiter=306456105&utm_source=share_petition&utm_medium=copylink

Héctor
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Héctor

My top 5 (and the only songs I like)
1. Alexander Ivanov with “How to Fly” (I really like this one, it could be much better with some production, esthethics and lighting)
2. Anastasiya Malashkevich with “Pray for Love” (love this one too)
3. Alexey Gross with “Flame”
4. Kirill Yermakov with “Running to the Sun”
5. NAVI with “Gyeta zyamlya (This Land)

eve
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eve

I like Not Alone and Running to the sun

#Supernova
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#Supernova

Where is Janet?

Blah
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Blah

Haven’t they said something about privileging songs in belarussian at some point? Haha.
Anway, can’t pick a Eurovision winner in there. Nor a finalist. I’ll give it another listen later on, but every song just sounds… decent. Nothing outstanding in there :/

@EugeneESCUK
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There are 10 songs and 3 do not have an audition video. Perhaps it is pretty safe to say the winner will come from these 3 which are way ahead of the others, “Flame”, “Running to the sun” and “My Universe”. Take your pick, but I have to say for me none of them are very special.

Hannes
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Hannes

I was hoping for the zombies…

Alex
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Alex

return Sweet Brains 🙁 🙁 🙁

Daniel
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Daniel

I really liked the zombies.

Oliwia Julia
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Oliwia Julia

Running to the sun is the best song! Wow

Marina Z
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Marina Z

https://youtu.be/KIQ6I9yWjAM – this is the best performance! why not take them to the finals???

Marina Z
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Marina Z

where is my favorite – DROZDY????!!!!
https://youtu.be/KdooYxrIq04

Marina Z
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Marina Z

where is my favorite – ?????????!!!!
https://youtu.be/KdooYxrIq04

Aaran
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Aaran

Running To The Sun is definitely my favourite!

Renske ten Veen
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I’m happy for Navi making the final! I think Gross will win though…

MalteseTimpana
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MalteseTimpana

Gyeta zyamlya & Running To The Sun are the best choices imo. Radiowave & My Universe aren’t bad but they’re kinda outdated

Mark W
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Mark W

I can seriously see ‘Running to the Sun’ winning!!! I’ve fallen in love!!!!!!!!!!

Max
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Max

I don’t know what the judges have against AURA. She releases interesting and beautiful songs. Disappointed!

eurovision-berlin
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eurovision-berlin

Kirill Yermakov is my favorite.

DenizNL
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DenizNL

I hope Gyeta Zemlya (or something) wins! Very happy song+not English.

MrLitopysec'
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MrLitopysec'

Idiotic choice

maslo
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maslo

where are my two favourites? 🙁 Zombie Band and AURA :'(