Shuma has revealed the final version of their song “Khmarki”.
Belarusian group Shuma has released the final version of their song for the Belarusian Eurovision national final. Team leader Rusya Shukurova said “The track corrected the form somewhat, effects appeared, the vocal part changed. Our classic sound producer, arranger and composer Alexis Scorpio did the track.”
“When the information appeared that Shuma will fight for the trip to the Eurovision Song Contest from the country, professionals and well-known people began to contact us in their fields, they began to come up with ideas for design, media support, with the activities that usually require a lot of money. They want modern and fashionable music from Belarus to compete in the contest, and we do not ask people to help us with money, but offer to take part in a cultural action.”
The group has also launched the company #mnenezabaronish, that will help them shoot the music video to “Hmarki”.
The reason for this revamp could be due to the recent reports that the song was breaking the contest’s rules. The original version of the song was under investigation for using folk words in the lyrics.
Listen to the final version of the song here.
Shuma, along with nine other artists will take part in the Belarusian Eurovision national final on February 16th. The running order for the show is now as follows:
- Agagio – You and I
- Alekseev – Forever
- Shuma – Hmarki
- Napoli – Chasing rushes
- Anastasia Malashkevich – World on Fire
- Gunesh – I Will Not Cry
- Radio wave – Subway Lines
- ALEN HIT – I Do Not Care
- Lexy – Ain’t You
- Kirill Hood – Deja Vu
The show will be hosted by Teo and Olga Ryzhikova. The results will be decided by 50% jury votes and 50% televoting. However, in the case of a tie, it will be the jury votes that will take preference over the televoting.
Belarus was represented by Naviband in the Eurovision Song Contest 2017. Their entry “Historyja Majho Žyccia” was the first song to ever be performed entirely in Belarussian at the contest. They managed to take Belarus to final for the first time in three years, where they finished 17th with 83 points.
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 five times in fourteen attempts.