The singers from Belarus – then and now
Watch on the TVR website a 15 minute documentary showing all the Belarussian JESC entrants ‘then and now’. First we see Volha Satsuik from 2003 (along with some behind the scenes shots from Copenhagen), who now appears to have taken on a darker, more rock n roll image, and is still singing. After Volha, we see shots of Yahor Volchek from 2004 auditioning for JESC way back when. I’ve always found his song a nice quirky entry, so it’s good to see he’s still singing, currently auditioning for a place in a new boyband along with the lead singer of Litesound. His voice has matured well. Now the show takes us to their first JESC winner, Kseniya Sitnik (along with footage of the 2005 arena, always an amazing thing to see). Now all grown up, Kseniya appears to be studying, unfortunately they did not interview her. Next we see Andrei Kunets who came 2nd in 2006. He looks very different, he has short hair now. He’s still got his JESC certificate. We then get to see 2007 winner (Belarus certainly was a powerhouse!) Alexey. He actually looks quite similar to 2007, though older and darker of course. They interview him so if you speak Russian, you can tell what he says. Now we jump to Dasha, Alina and Karina from 2008. We see a grown up Alina who is studying the piano and music, she looks a bit like Ruslana now. Dasha is currently studying in the UK so she is not interviewed, not sure about Karina. We get to see lots of behind the scenes footage from 2008. Now you’re in for a shock to see Yuriy from 2009 singing classical piano, a far cry from his operatic ‘Magic Rabbit’ song, he has changed a lot and doesn’t like to be associated with his JESC song much. Next we see Danill Kozlov who did well with his ballad in 2010. He’s into skateboarding now and looks a lot different, no longer a little boy. Another ballad singer was Lidia from 2011, she looks very different now, sporting shorter and darker hair, I can’t recognise her at all. The good news is she’s still singing and her voice still sounds strong. She’s singing with a little boy, maybe a brother? We then get to see an interview with 2012’s Egor who looks older but similar. Ilya from 2013 follows and he’s very much into dancing these days, he seems really professional.