He’s the British Eurovision alum who brought us the timeless hip-hop classic “Teenage Life” in 2006. Now, Daz Sampson is hoping to make a song contest comeback, as he bids to represent Belarus at Eurovision 2021. His potential Eurovision song “Give You Love” — a duet alongside Belarusian singer Katya Ocean — appeared online in the early hours of Tuesday 26 January.
Earlier in January, Belarusian broadcaster BTRC opened submissions to find its 2021 Eurovision entry. In lieu of the regular audition process, BTRC asked hopefuls to submit a live performance of their songs. You can watch Daz Sampson and Katya Ocean performing “Give You Love” below.
Katya Ocean and Daz Sampson – “Give You Love” (Belarus Eurovision 2021)
“Give You Love” is a classic ’90s inspired dance-pop track. Katya sings leads vocal, while Daz raps on the verses. The duo seem confident about their entry — in the second verse, Daz raps about “blowing the roof right off Rotterdam”. As well, in true Eurovision fashion, there is a key change during the final chorus. Will the dynamic duo make it to Eurovision?
Daz Sampson at Eurovision
This isn’t the first time the rapper from Stockport has attempted to represent Belarus at Eurovision. In 2019, Daz competed in Nationalny Otbor alongside Nona, performing the eccentric dance track “Kinky Boots”. However, the duo failed to progress through the audition stage.
Daz Sampson represented the United Kingdom at Eurovision 2006 with “Teenage Life”. His hip-hop track placed 19th in the grand final, scoring just 25 points. However, Sampson enjoyed chart success in the United Kingdom, where “Teenage Life” peaked at number eight in the singles chart.
How will Belarus select its act for Eurovision 2021?
The Belarusian selection is open to both Belarusian and non-Belarusian citizens. After the submission period closes on Sunday 31 January, a small panel of music industry experts will judge the potential Eurovision entries. However, as of yet, it is unknown how Belarus will choose its Eurovision 2021 act. Due to the current pandemic, broadcaster BTRC reports that the selection format is still up in the air.
Belarus has only used an internal selection three times before — in 2010, 2011, and for their Junior Eurovision 2020 entry. With the auditions portion of the selection process scrapped, it is looking increasingly likely that Belarus may not hold a national final in 2021. For the first time in ten years, an internal selection could be on the cards.
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