UzIn Vienna, he performed aside violinist Maimuna and narrowly missed the Grand Final of Eurovision 2015. Now, five years later, Uzari — now going by his full name Yury Nawrocki — is stepping in the spotlight again. This time he has auditioned for Golos, the Russian edition of The Voice.
With a rendition of “Love Runs Out”, Uzari inspired three out of four coaches to turn their chair during his Golos audition. Eurovision 2008 winner Dima Bilan was the only coach to not turn around in time. After the performance had ended, the “Believe” singer explained that he had long considered offering the Eurovision 2015 alum a spot in his team. In the end, he decided to let Yury go as he felt the Belarusian was too much of a sprinter.
Uzari eventually chose the team led by Russian pop legend Leonid Agutin. With his Golos participation, Uzari joins a long list of Eurovision participants who have successfully auditioned for the show. This includes Masha Katz, Aminata and Jean Milimerov.
This follows Uzari’s 2016 participation on the Ukrainian version of The Voice. There, he joined Tina Karol‘s team but was eliminated in the Battle Rounds.
In between his participation in many different television shows, Yury has been getting on as a producer and singer in his home country’s music industry. As a songwriter, he has promoted the Belarusian language in several of his songs.
Although he is known in Belarus for his strong musical track record, Uzari is an unknown artist in Moscow. It is not surprising to see that the Belarusian artist is expanding his borders. After all, Yury has been a long-term open supporter of the pro-democracy movement in Belarus. Back in August, Uzari – alongside other Belarusian Eurovision stars – was featured on “a list of banned artists”.
According to Radio Svaboda, the Belarusian service of RFE/RL, that list first appeared in a pro-governmental Telegram group called “Traitors of the Republic of Belarus”. Although the original source of the list stayed unknown, it nevertheless sparked outrage on Belarusian social media this August as it was yet another tool of intimidation used against artists such as Uzari.
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