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 July with “Children of the World”. Are we ready to stand behind her? Read on and find out!
July – “Children of the World”
“Children of the World” reviews
Antranig: “Children of the World” has an amazing hey-ya-hey hook. After listening to all 13 songs, that’s all I remember of this national final. This song doesn’t push any boundaries but it’s the only song in Belarus that is ready to go to Eurovision without a major revamp. Forget May, July is going to take Eurovision by storm. This should be the clear winner.
Sami: Even if times are a bit dark and there’s negative news all around the world, I really don’t want another peace song at Eurovision in the next few years. Especially if it’s as boring and predictable as “Children of the World”. The lyrics, especially in the chorus, are just lazy and so is the beat, which goes nowhere and is just extremely bland. This really doesn’t give me any hope of a world peace, but it does make me even more depressed.
Robyn: It’s another “Love Love Peace Peace” song (or even a “Children of the Universe” song), but at least “Children of the World” has attitude. It delivers a decent chorus that has the potential to give more impact if it’s staged well. My only issue: the lyric “no matter what skin colour you are born” can’t be taken seriously when all six people on stage are white.
Mikhail: Is this even one song? I heard three, but maybe there are more, because I turned it off before the end. The electronic sound at the beginning could be interesting, but then it dramatically switches to a ’90s Soviet anthem, which absolutely doesn’t make sense. I haven’t even mentioned the confusing “heya” part. This is a total mess of a song.
William: Promising start with sultry vocals and production. But ultimately the R&B opening gives way to a strange mélange of dance house, indigenous and dated electric guitars. While I respect the “Polina Gagarina Dina Garipova We Are The World” message, I’m afraid her enunciation prevents me from embracing the cheese. I keep hearing: “And no matter what skin colour you are blonde.” Not. True.
Luis: Mweh. This wants to be “If Love was a Crime“, but it’s closer to “Chain of Lights“. July has a cool voice, and she has grit, but her song is so uninteresting. It could be a nice way to begin the show in the national final, but that’s all. It sounds more like an opening act than a proper Eurovision song. Next!
Chris: It feels like this song wants to go one of two ways. The opening feels much darker than the happier vibes I get from the “empowering” message of the chorus. Unfortunately, because the chorus is so weak, I’d much rather hear the opening verse on repeat. A remix in the style of Nina Sublatti’s “Warrior” — with appropriate staging — would help this if it somehow got to Eurovision.
Kristin: I’m not in awe here. The resemblance to “Children of the Universe” is a little much for my taste. But July has a funky sound in her voice, and an attitude to go with it. Maybe if the song gets a revamp, it will sound more like the edgy tune it was probably supposed to be originally, and less like a coked-up version of every “peace/love/we stand united” song in Eurovision history. Just maybe.
In the Belarus Wiwi Jury, we have 18 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 1.5 and a high of 10.