2017 Review: Belarus

Last year a lot of people were complaining that Belarus actually planned on voting for NAVI but read the letters in the opposite direction than intended and voted for IVAN instead. This year there won’t be that problem, since NAVI (or NAVIBAND, as the official Eurovision site is calling them) is going this year with the song “Historyja Majho Zyccia” (“Story of My Life”). Note: the English translation has no relation to One Direction.

Even before listening to the song I was already excited for NAVI since this is the first time history that Belarus has presented an adult Eurovision entry in Belarusian instead of English, WTF/Google Translated English, or 3% Spanglish. (In contrast, Belarusian has appeared four times in Junior Eurovision, in 2003, 2004, 2008, and most recently 2014).

belarus-participants

Given that it was the jury that pushed for Nadezhda Misyakova’s JESC entry back in 2014, I’m not surprised that the jury (read: broadcaster/government) votes boosted NAVI from 5th place to 1st. I’m not saying that this may or may not be a slightly political move away from Russia given the relationships between Russia and neighboring countries, but yay to NAVI for confirming that the song will remain in Belarusian. They also have a point that Belarusian and Ukrainian (and according to YouTube comments, Polish) share a lot of similarities, so things could get interesting in the cultural voting bloc.

While the song might get a bit repetitive after a few consecutive listens, it’s a breath of fresh air and should *hopefully* do well next to the Top-40 pop entries and the “the world is shite”-themed ballads. Even though Ikea’s never going to agree to my suggestion, this is something that should be on the café playlist instead of the same loop of Michael Buble, Katy Perry, and 4:33 paired with screaming infants. It’s upbeat and it’s going to get me moving around a bit, though not to the point that I’ll be bouncing around the floor at work so much that I can’t hold a stock bottle still.

On a completely separate note, outside of the Eurovision world Navi is the annoying advice fairy from the Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time. Similarities between Belarus’s NAVI and OOT’s Navi is that both shout “Hey!” a lot. (However, I haven’t heard NAVI yell “Listen!” yet.)

The ocarina already appeared in 2004, in a similar act consisting of a male playing guitar and a female singing. Hmmm…

belarus-ocarina

In that case, who’s sending Link?

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