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Belarus: Navi – Historyja majho žyccia

We wait a month for a new song and then two come along on the same night! Belarus followed Georgia tonight, and remarkably, everything went according to plan. Thanks to the jury, they chose Navi to perform in Kiev with the song Historyja majho žyccia. It has already been confirmed that Navi will perform Historyja majho žyccia in Belarusian, so in terms of the motivating the televote, Navi will need to maximise the staging options available to them. Criticism has already been directed at the kaleidoscopic graphics, which maybe a tad unfair at this early stage, as I think they’re on the right…
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Eastern-leaning semi-final and a second half draw could be the clincher for Belarus' qualification prospects.

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We wait a month for a new song and then two come along on the same night!

Belarus followed Georgia tonight, and remarkably, everything went according to plan. Thanks to the jury, they chose Navi to perform in Kiev with the song Historyja majho žyccia.

It has already been confirmed that Navi will perform Historyja majho žyccia in Belarusian, so in terms of the motivating the televote, Navi will need to maximise the staging options available to them. Criticism has already been directed at the kaleidoscopic graphics, which maybe a tad unfair at this early stage, as I think they’re on the right track. I believe they should be aiming for a Hora Din Moldova type concept with bright, traditional folk graphics and dancers. The duo, Arciom Lukjanienka & Ksienija Žuk, already sell the song incredibly well, but as mentioned above, the Belarusian language will hold them back in Western Europe. Even so, they have a empty goal to aim for in terms of exploiting a simple branding trick; the chanted ‘hey hey…’ hook is what will stick in non-Belarusian speaking viewers’ minds, and if that’s displayed in big, bold letters on the LED backdrop in May, Navi will be doing all the right things to clinch a narrow qualification.

These uplifting happy songs with distinctive graphics, if positioned after a run of depressing dirges, can surprise or at least get close to qualification. Portugal 2014 is an example of this trend and a good reason why Belarus shouldn’t be discounted. The key elements outside of their control that are imperative to their qualification chances is an Eastern-leaning semi-final and a second half draw. If all that falls into place, one would expect a favourable draw from the hosts.

Can Belarus qualify for the first time since 2014? 

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14 comments

  1. AMAZING <3 thanks god for the jury .. just can't understand the televote.. just terrible. Navi was by far, the best! 🙂

  2. Ok,i want to look back in a few years and remember this.The jury did its job.In Belarus.Genuine,hard working band who have always delivered and stuck to their guns over the years.Fully deserved victory and a great entry for Kiev.If they take all the best bits of this and keep it genuine it might be the drinking song this year,and the drinking song opens up the chance of top 10.The problem is it might not quite get the jury or the televote if we have a strong year.Id keep it grounded and authentic to give it the best chance.Very happy they won.

  3. Time for some bookmakers to release the outrights, seems like they’re getting shittier and more scared every year

  4. This is an energetic catchy, infectious song that was well sung. (The problem with the blend in the two voices that we had in the ‘auditions’ was not evident tonight)

    Will Belarus qualify for the first time since 2014? I think yes. The song is good enough and it should garner enough votes from neighbours to get through. Western juries and televoters (or Western televoters beyond the ardent Eurovision fan community) are another matter.

    If it’s to do better than just qualify to my mind there are a number of staging issues to be resolved. The flowery geometric backdrop was awful. There was nothing in the performance to indicate what the song is about (a translation to English would resolve this but maybe to the detriment of the whole package) and there was a tendency of the artists (particularly the woman) to play to the hall rather than the viewer at home (this song probably needs a balance between the two).

    So for me it’s a 3.5 at the moment. I’ll wait to see what they do with the staging in Kiev before deciding whether or not to back it for top ten.

    • I think thats a very good point about her playing the hall Eurojock.They are used to small intimate venues and that showed with a lack of staging and camera work.Its so full on its also hard for them to interact with each other much.It will be tricky to get the staging right,but the potential is there at least.

    • I actually liked the backdrop, it was kinda like traditional folk design which compliments the language

  5. First time listening to it as I thought the final was tomorrow! The most likeable and genuine entry to come out of Belarus in a long time. I have a feeling it won’t do as well as it will probably deserve due to different factors, probable qualifier even without seeing the draw for the semi finals.

  6. It’s probably the first entry entry from Belarus that I can say I love. Good song and a cracking live performance from the pair. It’s still too early to know exactly how far it can go, but I can definitely see it qualifying and if the visuals can be sorted out, then I would go along with Durham’s thinking that a top 10 placing could be within reach.

    One thing I would be wary of is the notion that if it does succeed, that it’ll only be with the televoters. Some think the juries have it in for uptempo happy-clappy songs, when I think a lot of it is just that they’re looking for a cohesive package when allocating points and historically these sorts of songs have been all over the shop when presented live, as opposed to ballads which are a lot easier to stage. Nonetheless, this is a really good effort, and I’ll definitely be keeping an eye on Belarus for rehearsals.

  7. Gav, your ideas on how to stage this song would seem to me to be along the right lines. The staging needs ‘traditional’ dancers and, as I couldn’t hear any background vocals, there is room of four of these.

  8. Would put a fiver on this opening its semi if it draws first half.

    • Thats a really good move.Its almost like they have added a key change when its just a sort of change in the melody.It really breaks up the monotony though by making the refrain much more distinct and separate from the middle section.It shows they are thinking about things.Another step towards the final.

      • Indeed, this is very cleverly done. They have removed the monotony and made the ending feel much more exciting for the listener. It works as a kind of refrain bridge, splitting up the last 42 seconds very effectively. Instead of having three coherent refrains and 24 bars of “Hey! Hey! Hay-yay-yay-a-ho!”, the last part is now Ref – RefBridge – Another Ref before the ending 6 seconds, which is a simple, but very effective way to improve the overall impression of the song. Belarus is looking very promising this year.

  9. At first I hated this song, because it was monotonous at the last one minute, but after the new revamp I think it is much much better, and will qualify to the final.

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