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 NAVI with “Historyja majho zyccia” (The History of My Life). Are we willing to read all about it? Read on and find out!
NAVI – “Historyja majho zyccia”
“Historyja majho zyccia” reviews
Kristin: Yes! This is so fresh! So alluring! So much fun, y’all! And as a bonus it showcases the beautiful Belarusian language, which we never get to hear, because they always insist on smearing bad English all over their songs. NAVI are my shining light in Belarus this year. The ethnic sound is next to perfect and this adorable couple is everything I’m looking for in a duo of performers. More of this, please.
William: I feel like two singers have been lifted from the Navajo Nation, transplanted to Belarus and handed a top-notch producer. Wild, rambling, uplifting and just a little bit crazy, this song has character and personality in spades and it sounds current but indigenous at the same time. The singers’ charisma and chemistry make me smile and the vocals are as delightful. It’s the first song from Belarus that has made me want to clap — Hey! Hey! — in a very long time. My clear winner in Minsk.
Antranig: NAVI have a quirky sort of appeal — they’re the underdogs you want to see do well. I’ve always been unimpressed by their live performances but this song sounds terrific in the studio version. Perhaps the Belarusian studio doesn’t give them the tools to shine. That shouldn’t be a problem on the Eurovision stage and this song is definitely memorable.
Robyn: NAVI are utterly adorable and they’re delivering an incredibly fun, upbeat song that always make me feel happy. While it’s in Belarusian, the song is full of super catchy hooks that transcend language barriers so it should do well with an international audience. They both sound great harmonising, but Ksenia especially has an expressive and powerful voice and her lead vocal really makes the performance work.
Mikhail: It’s happy, it’s cheerful, it’s an utter joy. NAVI are so sweet that they can pull anyone out of a depression. This song creates a mood and it is so good. It’s simple, yet very effective and catchy. They sing together with the power of nature behind them and everyone can understand their intent without knowing Belarusian. Hey! Hey! Heyayayayay!
Sami: While NAVI was among my favourites last year, this year they are not cracking into my top three. After the first few seconds I’m already annoyed and when I hear the tedious “hey! hey! heyayayay!” for the second time, I’m ready to hit STOP. As a fan of commercial pop, this is not my cup of tea.
Chris: Praise to NAVI for rescuing what is, otherwise, a dreadful selection. Once again they’re clearly the best act in the field. Although I preferred “Heta ziamlja”, this is still worthy in its own right. It’s another obvious crowd pleaser and I suspect that this would go down well in its native tongue at Eurovision as it would in English.
Luis: This song gives me life. Everything around “Historyja majho zyccia” is fantastic, from their energy to the beautiful sounds of the Belarusian language. Props to Ksenia — she is the star in this performance! Her happiness and spontaneity is so contagious and it takes the song to another level. Having the hook repeated for 45 seconds at the end might seem annoying, but their performance makes it surprisingly enjoyable. However, I would tweak something at the end to make it less monotonous. Meanwhile… Hey! Hey! Hayayayayo!
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 3 and a high of 9.5.