A male version of Eleni Foureira, “Kinky Boots” from the UK and a lot of former national final contestants. The legendary live audition round today gave us a lot to be excited about. But in the end only 10 acts made it to the national final stage in Belarus.
This year the contest was again open to foreign artists as well as locals. This follows the 2018 selection, where Ukraine popstar ALEKSEEV was selected to represent Belarus in Lisbon.
A total of 113 acts auditioned today in front of the judges in Minsk. In the end a nine-member jury decided to choose mostly local acts. Broadcaster BTRC confirmed the ten finalists this evening.
Belarus national final 2019: the finalists
Names are listed in alphabetical order. The running order draw will take place Tuesday morning at 9:00 CET.
- Alyona Gorbacheva – “Can we dream”
- Aura – “Charavala”
- Emmanuel Imagbe – “Champion”
- Eva Kogan – “Run”
- KeySi – “No Love Lost”
- Michael Soul – “Humanize”
- NAPOLI – “Let it go”
- PROvokatsiya – “Running Away From The Sun”
- Sebastian Roos – “Never Getting Close”
- ZENA – “Like it”
Eurovision fans will recognize a few names. Pop duo PROvokatsiya last competed in 2017. Their song “My Love” won the televote, but the jury was less impressed and gave them nil points, ensuring a win for Naviband. With the 2019 national final decided by jury alone, will PROvokatsiya have a chance?
Also returning is the musical project NAPOLI, who have competed every year since 2014. Their best result was in 2016 when they placed second with “My Universe”. Is it finally the time for NAPOLI?
2012 national finalist (and frequent interval act) Aura is also in the competition.
Singer Michael Soul is one of the most promising acts considering. He was a contestant on the 2018 series of The Voice Ukraine, where he made it to the semi-final.
Singer Sebastian Roos is originally from Sweden. He competed at Melodifestivalen 2003 as part of the Beatles tribute band Liverpool.
A Junior Eurovision-connection can be found in singer ZENA who hosted the most recent edition of the contest, hosted in Minsk.
Vocal coach Olga Vronskaya was part of the Belarusian selection committee today. And the woman knows what she’s looking for: “Many artists can deliver a good performance and entertain the crowd. But I’m looking not only for someone who can give great concerts, but for someone who is able to compete!” She understands Eurovision, y’all!
Not everyone made it
However, some high-profile names didn’t make the cut. Flamboyant Carlos Costa from Portugal, who tried to represent his home country in the past, and the UK’s Eurovison 2006 act Daz Sampson weren’t selected. Did the judges not like the Iberian fire Carlos brought to the studio in Minsk and was Daz’s “Kinky Boots” fun but too trashy for them?
And sadly, one familiar and most anticipated act did not make it to the auditions. After dramatically withdrawing from Selectia Nationala 2019 in Romania, singer M I H A I had decided to take part in the Belarusian selection for Tel Aviv. However, today he revealed he was unable to make the audition due to illness. We wish M I H A I a speedy recovery.
fresh off the press – mihai isn't going to be there today: pic.twitter.com/ZHnXUqEdIV
— M?slivetta // ?? (@eurovisionmate) February 4, 2019
It’s still unknown when the final of the Belarusian national final will take part. 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. The running order for the final will be decided tomorrow at 9:00 CET.
What do you think? Are you happy with the acts who qualified for the final of EuroFest 2019? Who should represent Belarus in Tel Aviv?