jESC 2014: Belarus – Nadezhda Misyakova – Sokal
It’s the continuation of my opinion regarding the 16 competing entries from the 16 participating countries of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2014, which will be held in Marsa, Malta (officially, though, the host will be Malta as a whole. Marsa is only the location of the venue)
Next destination is Belarus (one of the only two countries who have participated in all the jESC editions as of 2014), whose entry sung fully in belarussian (the first time since 2008 that we could hear their official language in jESC) goes deep into ethnic grounds: “Sokal” (translated as “Falcon”), sung by Nadezhda Misyakova, who also did the lyrics and the music. In the music, she got the collaboration of a singer who has tried to go to ESC a few times: Uzari. A more extensive biography of the participant can be seen on this link: http://www.junioreurovision.tv/page/participant-profile?song=32373
Now to the opinion of the song: it’s the only entry of its kind to appear in this edition… and it’s a well produced one. Its ecletic and vivacious musicality gives the perfect touch to the lyrics’ inspiration source (a slavic fairytale title “The feather of Finist, the Falcon”: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Feather_of_Finist_the_Falcon ). Seeing the NF performance (which became their official preview video this year, despite the fact a proper videoclip was made), this could surely stand out and do pretty well – but it could also struggle in the midst of a tough competition: it really can go both sides. Will Belarus get another top-3 this year after last year’s 3rd place?
Next time, we’re going to Bulgaria. So watch out for it pretty soon…