The Belarusian final for the Junior Eurovision took place last evening. Ten contestants performed in the big show and the winner was determined by a professional jury and the viewers. After a three way tie for first position, it was decided that 14-year-old Nadezhda will represent Belarus in Malta.
The two-hour show started at 21:00 CET and it was broadcast live on the Belarus 1 channel. It was hosted by this year’s Eurovision representative, Teo, together with Ilya Volkov who achieved the third place last year at the Junior Eurovision Song Contest representing Belarus with the song Poy so Mnoy.
The finalists were nine soloists (eight of them girls and only one boy) and a duet, that were competing for the right to represent Belarus at the 2014 Junior Eurovision Song Contest which will be held on the 15th of November in Malta.
According to the draw that was held on the 14th of August, the contestants performed in the following running order:
1. Yulia Levina – Zhuravy
2. Anna Yermokovich – Mama, eto ya!
3. Nadezhda Misyakova – Sokol
4. Vladislava Doroshevich – Ya veryu v svoyu mechtu!
5. Elena Titova – Stsena
6. Darya Atroshenko – Spoyot solntse
7. Angelina Pipper – Vyshe vsekh
8. Ksenia & Pavel Lashchevsky – Mamina lyubov
9. Antoni Konoplyanik – Mister perviy
10. Anna Zaitseva – Geta moy lyos
The winner was selected by the votes of the professional jury and TV viewers and, after all songs had been performed, the televoting was open for fifteen minutes.
Among the guests of the show there were some former Belarusian Junior Eurovision representatives who performed during the interval act. They were Volha Satsiuk (2003), Yahor Vauchok (2004) and Lidia Zablotskaya (2011). The two hosts of the show, Teo and Ilya Volkov, sang in a duet Teo’s Eurovision entry Cheesecake.
After scoring the votes from the audience and the jurors, the show became really exciting with a three way tie for first position. They were Nadezhda Misyakova, Ksenia & Pavel Lashchevsky and Anna Zaitseva who had fifteen points each. The professional jury had to vote again in order to break the tie and they decided that Nadezhda was the winner.
Nadezhda was born on the 1st of June of 2000 in Minsk and she takes singing lessons at the Vladimir Mulyavin National Music Art Centre. She has taken part in several music contests such as Land Under White Wings (1st place), Maladzіchok (1st place), European Cup (Grand Prix), Crimea Waves (1st place), New Names (1st place), Golden Bee (2nd place) or Wind Rose (2nd place) and she has also participated at the TV project called I’m Singing and the national radio contest Young Talents of Belarus. Besides music, she likes writing poems.
This was not the first time she was taking part at the national selection for the Junior Eurovision Song Contest. She was one of the members of the group Zaranak that participated in 2012 with the song Vot tak! and last year she was among the finalists singing Delovaya.
Her Junior Eurovision entry is called Sokol which means hawk. The song has an intriguing, warm and inspirational melody. The instrumentation is very peaceful and it has an ethnic feeling with a gentle percussion. You can watch the official video below.
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