It used to be Switzerland, last year it was San Marino, and this year it looks like Belarus will be the national final that serves as an international catch-all. One of the international acts said to be eyeing up the Belarus national final is British artist Daz Sampson, who previously represented the UK at Eurovision 2006.
Following on from 2018, where the Ukraine pop star ALEKSEEV won the Belarus national final, broadcaster BTRC has again opened the national final to all, regardless of nationality. For many acts, this may be the last chance they get to be considered for Eurovision 2019.
And it looks like a former UK Eurovision star will try for a comeback. Producer and rapper Daz Sampson represented the UK in 2006, where his song “Teenage Life” placed 19th in the grand final.
Now successfully working as a professional football manager and scout, Daz is said to be entering a song in conjunction with the singer Nona. The pair are the current face of Daz’s 2000s dance act Uniting Nations.
Belarus fan account @EurofestBY reports that Daz and Nona will enter the Belarus national final with a “catchy song” titled “Kinky Boots”. We assume the song is no relation to the 1964 British novelty single of the same name.
The British duo DAZ SAMPSON & NONA will take part in the Belarusian selection for ESC2019 with the catchy song Kinky Boots.
The song will be made public later.
Daz represented the UK at Eurovision 2006, Nona is the lead singer of the Uniting Nations band. #eurovision #belarus pic.twitter.com/Il8uKQ2lkT
— EUROFEST Belarus ? (@EurofestBY) January 29, 2019
@EurofestBY also reports that to date, 35 applications have been received for the Belarus national selection. As well as entries from Belarus, the broadcaster is said to have received applications from artists in the UK, Spain, Russia, Poland, Italy, Romania, Sweden, Portugal, Ukraine and even as far away as the United States.
Romanian Eurovision legend M I H A I is said to be entering his song “Baya”, after dramatically withdrawing from the Romanian national final earlier this year.
There’s no hint as to who the Ukraine artist or artists might be, but fans are looking in the direction of TAYANNA. The diva recently announced she was withdrawing from the Ukraine national final.
Yesterday she posted a photo to Instagram posing with Belarus’ 2018 representative — and fellow Ukraine singer — ALEKSEEV. Tayanna wrote that “We are preparing something interesting for you”. It might just be a collaboration, or could ALEKSEEV be working with TAYANNA on an entry for the Belarus national final?
We’ll soon find out who is auditioning for Belarus. The broadcaster is due to hold its iconic live auditions this Monday, February 4.
The acts will perform their song in front of an expert panel, who will decide a shortlist of around ten acts who will compete in the national final.
The date of the grand final is not yet been confirmed, but the broadcaster has revealed that the winner will be decided by jury vote alone, meaning the Belarus public will not have a say in selecting the act for Tel Aviv.
What do you think? Should Belarus send Daz Sampson to Eurovision? Or should the jury select a local artist? Tell us your thoughts below!