Belarus’ (in)famous live auditions took place today, as 93 hopeful acts went to Minsk. The judges have made a quick decision, and we now know the 11 acts who will take part in the final on 16 February.
Amongst those who made it is Ukrainian star Alekseev. Alekseev caused quite a stir this week when he revealed his Eurovision entry, “Forever”, having already announced his intention to “win Eurovision”.
Of course, the drama continued from there. It looked like “Forever” would have to be disqualified after being performed in concerts before 1 September. But as BTRC put him through to the final, it seems that alleged breach of the rules was no problem to them.
Remarkably, due to the low quality of the songs, only 11 out of the planned 15 spots were filled. You can see the full list below:
Qualifiers for Belarus’ national final for Eurovision
- Alen HIT – “I Don’t Care”
- Adagio – “Ty i ya”
- Lexy – “Ain’t You”
- Sofya Lapina – “Gravity”
- NAPOLI – “Chasing Rushes”
- Alekseev – “Forever”
- Anastasiya Malashkevich – “World On Fire”
- Gunesh – “I Won’t Cry”
- Kirill GOOD – “Deja Vu”
- Radiovolna – “Subway Lines”
- Shuma – “Khmarki”
Of the 11 entries, two are sung in Belorussian – Adagio with “Ty i ya”, and Shuma with “Khmarki”. All other entries are all fully in English. After Naviband’s success in their native language, is this a good sign for these two acts?
It’s also yet another return for some old “favourites”. NAPOLI and Gunesh have tried and come close on many occasions, but never yet succeeded to win the national final. Anastasiya Malashkevich also returns, having finished second behind Uzari in the 2015 national final.
Returning artists cut off early
Many acts who didn’t make it were familiar faces to Belarus’ audition round. Last year’s televote winners, PROvokatsiya, failed to impress with “Party’s Like Tonight”.
Amongst former Eurovision acts were Olga Satsyuk, Belarus’ first Junior Eurovision participant and former 3+2 member Egiazar Farashyan. Both didn’t make the final list of qualifiers.
As we’ve seen before, the judges were harsh to some acts. Possibly to escape from the torturous length of auditions as it was, the judges cut some songs off before they were fully performed – some were even cut off within a minute.
That fate happened to former favourite Angelika Pushnova. Her song “Fighting for Love” — written by two former Eurovision winners, Charlie Mason and Vladimir Graic — was cut off after just seventy seconds!
The final of the selection will take place on 16 February. The voting procedure will remain the same as last year, with 50% of the points decided by televoting and the other 50% decided by a professional jury.
Who do you want to represent Belarus at Eurovision 2018? Who was your favourite in today’s live auditions? Let us know in the comments below!