Belgium - Love Kills - Roberto Bellarosa

12 - 71 pts / 5 - 45 pts in semi 1

RTBF (Wallonia Television) announced The Voice Belgique winner Roberto Bellarosa as the singer for Malmö.

Bellarosa performed three songs in a national final on Vivacite. (radio and internet) and Love Kills is the winner after a telephone and jury voting.
Love Kills is written by Andreas Anastasiou, Jukka Immonen and and Iain James
A new version of Love Kills is recorded for Eurovision, the original performed version has not been available in its studio version.

Watch and listen to the Eurovision version
Love kills is available through iTunes and Amazon.
A 1-track promo cds is issued.

A digital re-issue of his album Ma Voie includes Love Kills and Be Heroes from the Belgian selection. Reste Toi, the 3rd song from the NF was already on the original edition.

The songwriters
Andreas Anastasiou is one of the writers of the 2011 Cyprus entry San Angelos S'agapisa (Σαν Άγγελος Σ'αγάπησα).
Iain James a.k.a  Iain Farquharsondur a.k.a Sparx co-wrote the 2011 winner Running Scared for Azerbaijan.
Jukka Immonen is involded the the UMK 2013 (Eurovision) selection process for Finland.

Love Kills - Eurovision version
- on the official Malmö 2CD
Love Kills - Karaoke
- on the official karaoke collection (digital release)
The original version arrangement has only been performed with live vocals

Belgium top 50 (Wallonia): 44, 6, 19, 40, 46
Belgium top 50 (Flanders): 15, 23, 27, 40
Netherlands sales top 100: 71, -
German top 100: 90, -

The three songs Roberto Bellarosa performed in the national final were:
Love Kills
Reste Toi
Be Heroes
Reste Toi was already out on Bellarosa's album Ma Voie.

links and sources:
RTBF news
Roberto's FB
Thanks to Jean-François.

Lest we forget:
Belgium in 2012: Iris
2011 - Witloof Bay
2010 - Tom Dice
2009 - Copycat (Patrick Ouchène)

Belarus - Solayoh - Alyona Lanskaya

16 - 48 pts / 7 - 64 pts in semi 1

Rhythm Of Love by Alyona Lanskaya  (Алёна Ланская) won the Belorussian selection on December 7 2012. But in true Belorussian fashion a new song has been chosen.
Solayoh is a song written by Marc Paelinck from Belgium and Martin King from the U.K..
Alyona is Belarus' 10th Eurovision entrant.

Solayoh is available at iTunes in original and karaoke versions.
If you just want to listen go here at BTRC

A remix EP has been released on iTunes and Amazon, see versions below.

Solayoh is not a new song, it has been on King and Paelincks MySpace for a few years already (as Soleo), but EBU have eased the rules about songs being published (some crap about not having any profit from the early publishing).
The composers have deleted the original song, but stated their account had been hacked.

Marc Paelinck also wrote the Belgian entry of 2002 (Sister by Sergio and the ladies and co-wrote the 2004 entry with his brother Dirk (1 Life by Xandee).

Solayoh - Eurovision version *
- on the official Malmö 2CD
Solayoh - Karaoke *
- on the official karaoke collection (digital release)
Solayoh - Instrumental
- digital release
Solayoh - Russian version
Soleo - original by uncredited singer
- has been on the composers Youtube
Solayoh - Soul Piano Remix by BG Bastards *
Solayoh - Promostella Club Remix *
Solayoh - Philip D. Remix *
Solayoh - Erik Lake remix
Solayoh - Erik Lake vs Philip D. remix
Solayoh - Promostella Radio Club Remix
- remixes on digital EP

Alyona's Facebook had a competition to write Belorussian lyrics for Solayoh.

An early 1 track promo has been issued.
For Malmö a bunch of goodies were made. A a cdrom  with the six remixes and the English, Russian and instrumental versions of Solayoh. (wave and mp3 files). (2 different discs, but with the same content)
Beware: Fakes are being offered on e-bay
The promo pack also includes a usb card with the exact same files.
The Belorussion version doesn't seem to have materialized yet, even though there was a competition to write the lyrics.

Amazon offers two cdsingles for sale, but they are in fact cd-r's made by request.  Source is undisclosed, better burn one yourself and save some money.

Solayoh - The Album
Alyona Lanskaya's new album is out now (November), The album is titled Solayoh.
In Belarus the CD is in the shop. The disc also includes a videoclip of Solayoh.
For the rest of the world (or at least some parts of it) the album is available at iTunes. There's 15 tracks plus four extra versions of Solayoh. (Marked * in versions list above)
You can listen to the tracks at Alyona's Soundcloud or at her Facebook (november 14 entry has a player).
All songs are in English. You'll also find Rhythm Of Love and 2012 contender All My Life.

Rhythm Of Love
Original National Final winner Rhythm Of Love is written by Leonid Shirin, Yuri Vashchuk and Alexey Shirin.
You can listen to the song here at BTRC or watch the official video here at Alyona's Youtube

Alyona Lanskaya already won the 2012 Eurofest selection with the song All My Life, but she got lost on the way to Baku only to find Litesound on the Eurovision stage.
(Read more about that here at the Baku Collection)

The Rhythm Of Love composers also have been unlucky in the past. They missed out with Alyona last year and they also wrote NF winner Far Away by 3+2 which was replaced by the song Butterflies they didn't write (2010). Now it's the third time thay are stabbed in the back, not very nice.
Update 2014: Composer Yuri Vashchuck won the 2014 Belarus selection (he's Teo). Let's see if it holds this time.

You can listen to the songs from the national final including Rhythm Of Love here at BTRC.

South African singer Colé van Dais teamed up with Gbenga Adenuga from Nigeria and recorded a coverversion in Afrikaans and Yoruba titled Molayo. It can be found on the 2018 album Colé and Friends.

Find out all about this album here at Eurocovers.

Links and sources:
BRTC Eurovision
Alyona Lanskaya at VK and FB
Lanskaya's Youtube channel.
Thanks to Lior
Belarus 2013 at ESCKAZ

Lest we forget:
Belarus in 2012 - Litesound
2011 Anastasia Vinnikova
2010 3 + 2
2009 Petr Elfimov