TEO is the Belarusian hope for Copenhagen!

TEO is the Belarusian hope for Copenhagen!
TEO, the winner of the Belarusian national final. Source: BTRC
Minsk, Belarus -

Tonight, it was Belarus’ turn to choose their candidate for the 2014 Eurovision Song Contest. In the exciting show with 14 different entries, TEO convinced the jury and captured the hearts of the public with his sweet song Cheesecake, and won the ticket to Copenhagen! But it was not that easy in the beginning as TEO got the same number of points as Max Lorens & Didyulya.

Like last year, tonight’s show has been hosted by the experienced hosts Olga Ryzhykova and Denis Dudinskiy. In the beginning of the final, they announced the names of eight members jury. Among them were Michail Revutski, Aleksander Merzenny, Eduard Martynyuk, Elena Treshchinskaya, Aleksander Tihanovich and Alyona Lanskaya. Afterwards, the rules for the televoting have been explained: the viewers could call on the special numbers or send sms for their favourites just after all entries have been sung.

The finalists performed different and original in their own ways musical styles, from the powerful ballads with opera elements till pop songs. Natalia Tamelo started the competing part of the show with her cheerful entry Not What I've Been Looking For. The band Nuteki contrasted with their rock song Fly Away. Artem Mikhalenko wrote his own composition Rapsodia No.1 in which The Four Season by Vivaldi were combined with some dub-step elements.

This was the line-up of tonight's final (in order of appearance):

  1. Natalia Tamelo - Not What I've Been Looking For
  2. Nuteki - Fly Away
  3. Artem Mikhalenko - Rapsodia No.1
  4. Matvei Cooper and band DUX - Strippers
  5. TEO - Cheesecake
  6. Daria - Starlight
  7. Elena Siniavskaya - Via Lattea
  8. Alina Moshchenko - Angel Crying
  9. Janette - You Will Be Here
  10. Anastasia Milashevskaya - Runaway
  11. Switter Boys feat. Kate&Volga Karol - Vechnaya Lubov (Love Forever)
  12. Band Napoli - Stay With Me
  13. Max Lorens & Didyulya - Now You're Gone
  14. Tasha Odi - Empty Universe

After all the competing songs have been performed, the public was treated with performances of Alyona Lanskaya and Ruslan Alehno who who took part in the Eurovision Song Contest in 2014 and 2008. Alexej Gross who withdrew from this year's national final came to support the participants. The national stars Joanna, Eliz, Lena Voloshina, Gunesh, the bands Beatris and Aura sang for the public. Polina Smolova who participated in Europe’s favourite show in 2006 also entered the stage.

Alexsander Solodukha, the popular Russian and Belarusian singer also sang for the TV viewers and the public in the BTRC studio 600.

In the end, Max Lorens & Didyulya and TEO got the same number of points from the viewers and the jury. So the jury had to decide for whom they gave their points once more. TEO got the most of "hearts" from the experts.

TEO’s real name is Juri Vashchuk. The lyrics of his entry Cheesecake has been written by Juri himself. The contestant told about the meaning of his song: "It’s not about the dessert at all". Cheesecake is Juri’s nickname that his ex-girlfriend gave to him. Although the singer is bored of this nickname, he says: "This song suits my mood and I feel absolutely comfortable performing this entry".

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  • Posted on 16 April 2014 at 18:10
    love it! Having listened to the CD of all the songs for the show this one really stands out. There are too many similar sounding ballads (all about storms this year!). If he has the right presentation on the night, this could do surprisingly well.... report to the moderator
  • Posted on 25 January 2014 at 00:06
    Good choice, Belarus! Good luck in Eurovision! report to the moderator
  • Posted on 16 January 2014 at 17:19
    @cherry1311: Satelite was sensational. This is average. report to the moderator
  • Posted on 16 January 2014 at 11:39
    My favourite was Starlight, but good luck TEO! report to the moderator
  • Posted on 15 January 2014 at 16:19
    I like the song but I like very much the singer. He is a complete performer on the stage. We do not see many nowdays. The song is silly but, Satellite was too, right ? report to the moderator
  • Posted on 13 January 2014 at 07:17
    I'm hesitating, but good luck ! report to the moderator
  • Posted on 12 January 2014 at 22:08
    @equallove: and hope zero points from germany polish pal :-) report to the moderator
  • Posted on 12 January 2014 at 13:38
    Belarus are you serious?! Come on!
    What makes me even more angry and disappointed is that on ESC sad songs (like this one) always get to the final and songs from small countries, which are beautiful, always stay in the semi-final. Great example is last year San Marino - is Eurovision voting fair? report to the moderator
  • Posted on 12 January 2014 at 00:43
    It's kind of sad to see that my favorite (Nuteki) has no chance at all to go to Eurovision, mostly because rock is a genre that is not well accepted between eurofans (also, after the success of Solayoh, I think Belarussian people was aiming for a song similar to it). Even if Cheesecake doesn't follow the line of Solayoh and it's quite different, I think it was obvious that the jurt was to going to choose TEO since he wrote songs for Alyona (and she was in the jury).
    Anyway, I like the song. As I said, it's different and catchy. I don't know why people hate on it too much. It was my second favorite after Artem and Nuteki, but I guess they'll change it. We'll see.
    Good luck to TEO and may a good song be choosen. report to the moderator
  • Posted on 11 January 2014 at 22:22
    Its's belarus...they will change it ofcourse, I hope they do because the lyrics are going nowhere! report to the moderator
  • Posted on 11 January 2014 at 21:03
    For sure a 100 Percent straight singer voted from a 100 Percent straight audience! Dislike! report to the moderator
  • Posted on 11 January 2014 at 18:01
    Attention!!! Today Lithuania at 21:00 will share Eurovision songs, and everyone can vote from lrt.lt wbsite Internet!!!!! report to the moderator
  • Posted on 11 January 2014 at 17:56
    AWFUL, it won't qualify, i hate albania, ukraine and belarus songs because they are very bad report to the moderator
  • Posted on 11 January 2014 at 17:38
    There were many better songs in that National Final. I don´t imagine this song in the final. Sorry:( report to the moderator
  • Posted on 11 January 2014 at 16:13
    I must admit I like the tune:)
    It's a very catchy retro disco tune, and I do think it might pass to the final.
    The lyrics however are a mess and quite silly, hopefully they will moderate it a bit.
    We have to wait and see what the EBU has to say about it.

    Despite the lyrics it's the best song so far. I like it and it might even be a top 5 contender. Though of course Belarus is known to change their mind. so we should just wait and see. report to the moderator