Belarus: NAVI (Band): Historyja majho žyccia
Belarus return for a fourteenth attempt at Eurovision glory following two consecutive years of failing to reach the grand final. This year NaviBand will fly the flag with the song Historyja majho žyccia which translates as Story of My Life.
NaviBand, best described as exponents of folk rock, was established in 2013 by the duo Arciom Lukjanienka and Ksienija Žuk. The following year, the pair released a couple of albums - notably recorded in Belorussian, as is this 2017 entry.
Nevertheless, it's going to need that hook because, for the most part, foreign language entries have struggled to accumulate sufficient points to worry the left-hand side of the scoreboard - particularly among Western European voters. Therefore, the staging will play an important role in selling this entry.
NaviBand are good enough singers to turn the trick, already performing the song with pure enthusiasm and energy. But, the determining factor may be how the Belorussian team decide to stage the entry in Kiev. Lively, offbeat graphics tend to work best with this type of happy-clappy, joyful song.
It already feels like a borderline qualifier, though. But a bright and breezy performance, coupled with a positive staging package, could guarantee a berth in the final. Once there, the feeling is that it's likely to struggle for points - even as part of what is becoming an increasingly ballad-laden Contest.
National Final Performance
Updated version of Historyja majho žyccia
Image: By Navi [Copyrighted free use], via Wikimedia Commons