We’re on the B’s now. And one country that has struggled in Eurovision for results a bit, but has given us no shortage of stories and interesting entries over the years, that being Belarus!
With some weeks before we begin looking forward to Eurovision 2019, it’s that time in a Eurovision fan’s year to reflect on past years and all the good music and events they brought. And, also, some trivia.
So You Think You Know… is a new series that will arrive each Wednesday, each time focusing on a new active Eurovision country. We are continuing alphabetically. Belgium is next.
Belarus first entered Eurovision in 2004. When was the first time they qualified for the grand final?
It took until Work Your Magic in 2007 for Belarus to make it past the semi-final.
How many times have Belarus made it to the final overall?
Only 5 entries! Work Your Magic, the sweet but seemingly doomed Butterflies somehow, Solayoh, the awful Cheesecake, and the rather life-defining Story Of My Life are the only Belarusian entries to have ever been at the Saturday show.
Alyona Lanskaya, who entered for Belarus in 2013, was initially selected in 2012 but disqualified. What was her song title in 2012?
I Love Belarus in 2011 was a backup song once Anastasia Vinnikova's original choice was discovered to have been performed live elsewhere. What was that song called?
It's also known as 'I Am Belarusian' and contains many references to life in Belarus under the Soviet Union (which were changed for being too political before the song being withdrawn altogether). Polotsk (named after the city) was a medieval principality that along with Turov, made up medieval Belarus before it came under 500 years of Lithuanian, Polish and Russian rule.
What was the first entry entered with Belarusian lyrics?
You could perhaps be forgiven for thinking that My Galileo was not in English, but indeed, the first time Belarusian was heard on the Eurovision stage was last year. Gaining Belarus their second-most points ever. Is that a sign?
Belarus is no stranger to controversy when selecting entries, what happened in 2018?
All of these have happened in the past. An investigation was responsible for Alyona giving way to Litesound in 2012, in 2013 Alyona (again) chose to change her song after winning (this time actually within that NF's rules, strangely enough) and in 2014, one artist withdrew once it came to light that his song had been previously performed in the 2011 Maltese NF. In 2018, after a promising number of years mostly free of controversy, Alekseev, the winning Belarusian artist came under fire from other contestants when it emerged that he had performed a Russian language version of his entry prior to the Eurovision cutoff date of September 1. Ultimately only one other artist did withdraw.
Belarus has given many points to Russia, them topping their given list in the finals, but who have they received the most points from over the years?
Which former winner has tried to represent Belarus as a composer?
The song he wrote for the purpose was called MILKI - 'Accent', look it up if you dare.
Which Internet service did TEO's 'Cheesecake' originally mention in its lyrics before having them changed?
Incidentally, TEO also got his stage name from typing 'T' into Google. No. Really.
According to Uzari & Maimuna's 'Time', what is it like?
What did Ivan of 'Help You Fly' try to get on stage, but was not allowed?
He also wished to perform nude. Neither request was allowed, and we had to make do with CGI wolves and a (thankfully) clothed Ivan.
In 2010 'Butterflies' would have come last in the final, save for a last minute 12 points from Georgia. Which country did they beat?
If you haven’t already played them (or just want to play them again), check out the below links for the So You Think You Know… quizzes from past weeks.