Belarusian songstress and disco queen Alyona Lanskaya is preparing her bid to return to the Eurovision Song Contest 2017 in Ukraine.
Speaking ahead of the 25th Slavianski Bazaar in Vitebsk, which kicks off tomorrow, she told Komsomolskaya Pravda:
“Now some time has passed, I can confidently say that I am preparing my participation for the contest once again. The song has already been made.”
Three years ago, she served some woman-pops-out-of-disco-ball realness when she represented Belarus at Eurovision 2013 in Malmö. Her song “Solayoh” placed a credible sixteenth, which remains Belarus’ second best finish ever.
The road to her first Eurovision participation was long and trying. After her win at the Belarusian national final in 2012, the President of Belarus stripper her of her victory after accusiations of vote-rigging. By presidential decree, Litesound was sent to represent the country in Baku rather than Alyona.
One year later, she returned to the national final with a new song, “Rhythm of Love”, and won again. Shortly after the win, the state broadcaster decided that the song was not strong enough for Eurovision and had to be replaced. A panel selected “Solayoh” as the new song, from a field of 30 submissions.
Belarus definitly pulled out all stops in 2013.
They traveled to Turkey to shoot an expensive music video for Alyona’s song, featuring Eurovision 2009 winner Alexander Rybak. Before going to Malmö, the broadcaster seemingly plundered all candy stores in the country as they distributed all manner of goodies to the international press. The sugar level was very high during the Belarusian press conferences. They even made special chocolate boxes for VIPs.
This weekend, her friend and Belarusian national final participant Alexey Gross is representing Belarus at the Slavianski Bazaar singing competition. She told KP she’s really getting behind him in the contest.
“I will of course, root for Alexey Gross. He is colleague of mine and a very talented person. I can see how he has grown [as an singer], since he was chosen. If Alexey can warm up the audience of the Slavianski Bazaar, then the Grand-Prix will be ours.”
Alyona Lanskaya Interview at Eurovision in Concert 2013
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