Introducing 2012: Belarus!

All the entries for the 2012 contest have been selected and now My Eurovision Diary will introduce them to you!

Entrant: Litesound

Litesound is a truly international band, bringing together musicians from Belarus, Russia and Italy. In their fifth attempt, they finally won the Belarusian national selection this year, and thus will represent their country in Baku with We Are The Heroes.

Litesound is one of the most successful bands in Belarus, bringing us music in several genres and styles from classical rock to pop music. Litesound has twice received the “Song of the Year” award, and one of their biggest hits, The Life, was awarded “Ringtone of the Year” at the 2008 CTV channel Music Awards.

Litesound was founded by the Kariakin brothers, Dmitry and Vladimir. Nowadays the band has become an international project after the Italian musician and singer Jacopo Massa joined. With the Russian guitarist Alex Kolchin and the Belarusian drummer Ignat Yakovich the band has played more than 130 gigs during the last year.

Litesound took part in four “EuroFest” projects (the Belarusian national selection for the Eurovision Song Contest), taking the second prize twice and furthermore reaching the finals of “Eurofest” in 2008 and 2009. Their album Going To Hollywood was the best selling album in Belarus in 2009. In 2010 Litesound represented Belarus in the “New Wave Stars” competition in Jurmala.

The list of Prizes and Awards given to Litesound features some impressive examples, including: Prizewinner of the MOVA Songwriters Competition, USA (2002), winner of Festivale Internazionale de Maiori, Italy (2006), The Song Of The Year award, Belarus (2008 and 2009), “Golden Ear” Radio award, Belarus (2009), TOP10 music videos of 2010 in Eastern Europe (2010), and not to forget the National Pop Music Award for The Best Music Video of the Year (2011) for their music video See You In Vegas.

Entry: We are the Heroes

The song is composed and penned by Dmitry Kariakin, Vladimir Kariakin, the founding brothers of Litesound, the song as well as the band was internally selected by BTRC, after a big scandal with the Belorussian national final, Eurofest, the scandal was that  Alyona Lanskaya was to represent Belarus with the song ‘All my Life’, but 10 days later, the Belorussian president Aleksander Lukashenko said that there was a misunderstood with the voting process, so Litesound was appointed as the new representatives.

The song was revamped by Dimitris Kontopoulos, the man behind ‘Shady Lady’ by Ani Lorak, the Ukrainian entrant to the Eurovision Song Contest 2008, Ani Lorak came 2nd behind the eventual winner Dima Bilan.

Tomorrow we will introduce the Portuguese entry, note that the entries will be introduced according to the running order!

Here’s the video with the previous version:

This is the revamped version:

Tell us which one is you favorite! (;


3 comments on “Introducing 2012: Belarus!

  1. Once upon a time Belarus had a very good rock song for ESC 2012 but then Dimitris Kontopoulos found his way to Minsk and ruined it completely by unsuccessfully trying to transform “We Are the Heroes” into a poppy dance track. The result is a dull and rather pointless pop trash that does not sound like Litesound anymore. I can hardly recognize the song I had very close to my top 10 only a few weeks ago. Finally, the lyrics are pretty generic and were the reason why Belarus was not in my top 10 even then. What a shame! For nostalgic reasons I still give 5/12 and 29th place on my pre-rehearsals list.

  2. Indeed, Belarus had a good song on their hands and then these guys sold themselves to what they think is the easy way out of an elimination. The songs has lost its identity. Good luck.

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