BTRC has revealed the names of the four backing singers who will join NAVI at the 62nd edition of the Eurovision Song Contest in Kyiv, Ukraine.
Group Beatris and Mikhail Sosunov will join NAVI at the Eurovision Song Contest 2017 in Ukraine. The four backing artists are currently rehearsing with NAVI on their vocal performance ahead of this years contest in the Ukrainian Capital. The four backing singers will however not be seen on stage, with just NAVI themselves taking to the stage itself for the performance.
Group Beatris is formed of Olga Rozaleon-Sashalskaya, Anna Chet and Alena Verbitskaya, they are already known to viewers in Ukraine having participated in X Factor Ukraine. While Mikhail Sosunov will be known to fans of the Eurovision Song Contest as a member of the group The EM. The EM finished seventh in the Belarusian selection process for the Eurovision Song Contest 2016 with the song “Turn Around”.
Working with NAVI and the backing singers is Alex Panayi. He has worked with the Belarusian delegation for the past four years as well as a number of other countries. Among the performers he has worked with at the Eurovision Song Contest are Helena Paparizou, Anna Vissi, Sergey Lazarev and Fabrizio Faniello. Alongside his work as a vocal coach, he has represented Cyprus at the Eurovision Song Contest in 1995 and 2000.
Navi following their victory in the Belarusian selection process have stated their excitement in competing in Eurovision and wish to present the modern face of Belarus to the rest of Europe. “Historyja majho žyccia” is the first song in Belarusian to compete at the Eurovision Song Contest. The language has previously only been heard at the Junior Eurovision Song Contest.
Belarus will be performing in the second half of the second semi final. The last time that Belarus managed to qualify for the final of the Eurovision Song Contest, they also performed in the second half of the second semi final.
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Belarus debuted in the Eurovision Song Contest in 2004 and has made it to the final on four occasions. For the past two years Belarus has failed to make it through to the final of the Eurovision Song Contest, this year IVAN finished 12th in the second semi final, 21 points away from qualification. Belarus’ best result in the contest came in 2007 when Dmitry Koldun finished 6th in the final with a total of 145 points. In total Belarus has qualified for the Eurovision final on just four occasions.