We are getting close to Belarus’ national selection for Eurovision 2016, which takes place on January 22. In recent weeks the Wiwi Jury — our in-house panel of musical unprofessionals — has been listening to and reviewing all of the songs. Now we turn to Lermont x Julic with “Heart Beat”. Can they reach the heights of Justs? Read on and find out!
Lermont x Julic – “Heart Beat”
“Heart Beat” reviews
Chris: It’s like an open mic night act at a low-rent bar in Minsk wandered into the studios and somehow got through. Not only that: Lermont and Julic often look like they’ve never really met each other before. It’s like they pieced together the performance as the song went on. Entertaining for only that reason.
Robyn: Oh guys, this is so bad. Neither Lermont not Julic have good singing voices, the song feels old and boring and the organ accompaniment sounds like it was recorded on their auntie’s home keyboard. And yet the duo puts so much energy into the performance that it’s impossible not to enjoy their spirit. A bonus half point for Lermont’s trousers.
Mikhail: I could not finish it. They often sing off key, the sound is horrible, the voices are irritating, the song is dated. You should not allow such bad vocals in the final. There is no lip syncing allowed at Eurovision.
William: This will do awesome… at a dive bar karaoke night. It feels much more Minsk High School talent show than Eurovision and I’m afraid Lermont and his keyboard sidekick are still living behind the Iron Curtain. How else can we explain the lack of modernity in this? I give them three points for their sincere delivery and the massive bulge Lermont is packing down under.
Sami: I don’t think the duo expected to amuse people, but I just can’t stop smiling — and for the completely wrong reasons. One of them looks bored during the entire performance, the other one can’t hide his excitement. The music itself is extremely dated and the lyrics are cheesy. But for comic value I have to give this a few more points than it would normally receive.
Kristin: Those two and this song have me seriously torn between constant giggling and mild anger. This is just so bad. The concept of two guys harmonising a sweet love tune — à la Extreme’s “More Than Words” — should have worked. But this suffers the same problem as PROvotskaiya: Awful, awful voices. Although Lermont x Julic seem like nice enough fellas, I’m going to pass on this one.
Luis: This just doesn’t live up to Eurovision standards. Have these guys stopped to think about why they would like to perform this song in front of 200 million people? “Heart Beat” is simply not good. They put so much effort into this, but it’s pointless. Their voices are out of tune and they don’t harmonise at all. Songs make people feel different things — love, anger, pain, whatever. This makes me lean toward suicide.
Antranig: You can’t have a Belarusian national final without someone’s drunk uncle performing a love song. This is a refreshing change of pace from all of the ballads but in all honesty, I’d rather endure another 20 ballads. Full marks to Lermont x Julic for their effort, not so much for their song.
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 0 and a high of 3.5.