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

Do you want Alyona Lanskaya to represent Belarus at the Eurovision Song Contest 2017? Let us know in the comments below!

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jamaladingdong
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jamaladingdong

I want Litesound to come back. Or just send IOWA or Bianca and Belarus will come back to the grand finals.

Richard Yudistira
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Richard Yudistira

Belarus is confused, all of their good songs weren’t placed well so far

#Justice4Margaret
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#Justice4Margaret

She was done so wrong in 2013! Underrated af.

(J)ESC Fanatic
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(J)ESC Fanatic

That’s great news, maybe she can save Belarus 🙂

Iberian
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Iberian

*if

Iberian
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Iberian

Well, I she has a song like “Cool me down”, then why not.

aussie
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aussie

solayoh is one of those songs i’m still dancing to, it’s cheezy but I love it XD

HarpyDarper
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HarpyDarper

Rhythm of Love is cheap crap, but despite that I somehow I like it!
Really didn’t like her eventual song and Crotatia should have defiantly qualified instead (that would have encouraged them to stay too!)
She is welcome to try again though

betuedell7
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betuedell7

yeahhhhh!!! please!!!
xD Alyona: From belarus to Ukraine
Maja keuc: from Slovenia to Sweden maybe (melfest)
any another artist maybe?

James
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James

I wasn’t a fan of Solayah but when you listen to the vocal-only versions, Alyona has a great voice and sang it really well. So I agree, if you can come back with something much better, she is a good enough vocalist to be in the competition again and get better than 16th place. Just no more cheap pop songs.

karminowe.usta
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karminowe.usta

I like Alyona Lanskaya`s song. Solayoh is so catchy.

nickc
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nickc

Salayoh was the worst song of 2013 final. I am always surprised that she made it to the final, but uzari and maimuna or ivan did not.

Sanny
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Sanny

She has a strong voice and many nice songs including Solayoh, Rhythm of love, All my life, Den & Noch etc. I would love to see her return. She is best Belarus has given to us yet.

MirkoJoshua
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MirkoJoshua

It’d be amazing

YoungsterJoey
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YoungsterJoey

“Her song “Solayoh” placed a credible sixteenth…”

By 16th place, it’s no longer credible.

Darren
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Darren

@cheesecake
You had it right the first time too 🙂

cheesecake
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cheesecake

*keen on
Sorry, lol.

cheesecake
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cheesecake

I hate(d) Solayoh, so I’m not all that keen to this news. Let’s see.

Darren
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Darren

I wasn’t to keen on her entry in 2013, Solayoh was like a cheap Greek reject entry, particularly “Aphrodisiac” from 2012. So at the minute I’m saying no, but if she manages to do a Poli Genova and come to the contest with a great song, then yes, of course, I will welcome her return.

Mark
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Mark

No. Please no