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Belarus: NAVIBAND release remix of Eurovision entry

NAVIBAND have released the official remix of their Eurovision 2017 entry, “Historyja majho žyccia”. The track has been remixed by Belorussian DJ, Vitalio.

Vitalio has created a dance remix of the folk track, and has released the song on iTunes and Spotify. Vitalio, or Ignatenko Vitaliy Valentinovich, is a DJ, singer and composer from Vaukavysk, Belarus. He has owned a music label since 2012, and collaborates with many Belorussian artists. “Historyja majho žyccia” is the 2nd Belorussian Eurovision entry that he has remixed, as in 2012 he released a remix of Belarus’ entry for the year, Litesound’s “We Are the Heroes”.

You can listen to Vitalio’s remix of “Historyja majho žyccia” on Spotify here.

Vitalio’s remix of “Historyja majho žyccia” is the latest edit of the original song to be released. Since the song won the Belorussian selection in January it has undergone a soft revamp to create the final Eurovision edit. This final version will represent the country in Kyiv in May and will be sung entirely in Belorussian, the first time that Belarus will be represented by a song in it’s own language in its 13 year history at the contest. The song has been hugely popular in the country, winning the award for best song in the Belarusian language at Belarus’ National Music Awards in February.

It has recently been announced that NAVIBAND will be working with Tatyana Ostroverkh, the choreographer behind Ukraine’s 2013 Eurovision entry “Gravity”, on the staging of their entry. Rumours have suggested that the duo plan to ‘fly’ above the stage during their performance, however these plans have not been officially announced by the group. NAVIBAND will also be joined on stage by Group Beatris and Mikhail Sosunov, who will act as four backing singers. However, the backing singers will not feature on stage, with NAVIBAND remaining the focus of the performance.

Belarus will feature in the 2nd semi final of this year’s contest on Thursday 11th May. They will hope to qualify for the final for the first time since 2014 with Teo’s “Cheesecake”. Since then, Uzari & Maimuna’s “Time” and IVAN’s “Help You Fly” failed to reach the grand final in 2015 and 2016 respectively.

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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. Their most recent entrant, IVAN, finished in 12th place in his semi final and was 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 four times in twelve attempts.


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