We are getting close to Belarus’ national selection for Eurovision 2017, which takes place on January 20. In recent weeks the Wiwi Jury — our in-house panel of musical unprofessionals — has been listening to and reviewing all of the songs. Next up is Alexandra Tkach (aka Lexy Weaver) with “Be Stronger”. Is she making us stronger? Read on and find out!
Alexandra Tkach – “Be Stronger”
“Be Stronger” reviews
Mikhail: It is really enjoyable jazzy lounge song. That is the song you would listen to just as a background. It is not a good idea to put it on a big stage — people will get tired. But her voice is charming and the melody is pleasant. There will be someone to appreciate that.
Luis: The last thing I need on the Eurovision is the soundtrack of a Saturday-afternoon movie. Alexandra’s voice tho. She sings beautifully, but her song is boring as hell. And then there’s that saxophone. This is all so 1987. Also, “Hold me one more time, tell me you’re alive”? Well, it would be a bit spooky if he was holding you and he wasn’t alive, you know.
Kristin: To whom do I speak in order to get those 2:50 minutes of my life back? Because I kind of need them back for no reason. Alexandra is indeed packed with talent, but she has got one serious snoozefest on her hands! Outdated, confusing and flat out boring. Nope. I’ll pass, thank you. And also, Kenny G called and wanted his reject saxophone fusion back. Alexandra deserves a much better song, because she is fantastic. Girl, ditch this hopeless tune and do it yesterday!
Robyn: “Be Stronger” is a very pleasant, Sunday afternoon kind of song. But it’s not engaging enough to be a Eurovision entry — it’s not so much a toilet break song as a nap break song. Lexy Weaver is obviously a very talented vocalist, so I’d be very happy to see her back next year with a catchier song
William: Beautiful woman, gorgeous voice, boring song. I’ve had more fun staring at fish tanks than I had listening to this. Saxophones are fine in upbeat funk songs. But they render numbers like this decidedly 1987. Alexandra says “be stronger” and I say “practice what you preach.” This is weak.
Sami: I think the jury in Belarus really appreciates good live vocals, because that is the only reason why I can see this getting through to the final. Especially the production of the song is bad and it feels like Alexandra was just improvising and singing the lyrics over a beat she never heard before.
Chris: Almost the definition of a “filler song”. There’s just little to engage with here: talented girl, but no hope in the song. There’s just no kind of hook or anything that draws you in. It’s not an unpleasant listen, so I can’t be too harsh. But it just leaves me feeling nothing.
Antranig: Alexandra’s voice is nothing short of mesmerising. The song itself holds a lot of promise but gets nowhere. I don’t think a revamp could save it — she deserves a completely different song altogether. On the plus side, at least she’s got herself a nice guy — the music video is quite beautiful considering its minimal production. Get Alexandra a new song, please!
In the Belarus Wiwi Jury, we have 17 jurors but only room for 8 reviews. The rest of our scores can be found below:
Before calculating the average score, the highest and lowest scores are dropped. This is to remove outliers and reduce potential bias. We have removed a low of 2 and a high of 10.