Belarus’ Eurovision 2011 Entry, Take 2

Belarus unveiled its new entry today, “I Love Belarus.” This replaces Anastasia Vinnikova’s original song, “Born in Belorussia,” which would have been rejected by ESC organizers for being performed before September 1, 2010, the earliest an entry into the 2011 Song Contest could be performed.

Surprisingly, I like this entry better than the previous one:

I mean, it’s not great or anything, and Belarus probably won’t make it out of the Semis, but it has some electro-traditional flourishes that make it more fun Vinnikova’s original entry. There are certainly worse songs out there (coughcoughFinlandcoughcough).

Of course, I can also see the need for Alexander Lukashenko to have a rah-rah-Belarus song during a period of time when other… shall we say… less democratic nations in the world are seeing tumultuous times. It’s not a political entry, in the sense of it violating ESC rules, but that doesn’t mean it’s not ripe with political meaning. I’m looking forward to seeing how this one is staged.