Post Mortem – In our next look at the countries that did not make it through to the grand final this year, Eurovision Times looks at the fortunes of Ivan from Belarus singing ‘Help you fly‘. Chosen in a national selection, the music was by Victor Drobysh and lyrics by Alexander Ivanov, Timofei Leontiev, Mary Susane Applegate.
Victor Drobysh was the writer of Russia’s ‘Party for everyone‘ (Russia 2012) and Ivan had been selected by Russian for Intervision Song Contest before it was cancelled. Despite this, there was not a great deal of enthusiasm for ‘Help you fly‘ when it was chosen in the national final, with many critics immediately writing it off as a contender.
Before the semi-final
Ivan worked the pre-Eurovision circuit well, appearing at most events, and making sure he had photos with everyone, seeming like a jolly chap.
He also then whipped up a storm of interest and a lot of clever media coverage by announcing he was going to perform naked on stage with wolves. There was much discussion about the rules and whether he could, and people guessing the wolves would be part of the backdrop and use of the new technology the screens offered.
- 10 juries awarded Ivan points
- Bulgaria and Australia awarded 6 points each, the highest given by any countries
- Other lower points were given by Latvia, UK, Ireland, Slovenia, Germany, Switzerland, Ukraine and Poland.
- Ivan picked up lots of points from several countries as televoters seemed to like his stand out performance. Ukraine’s public awarded him 10 points and Poland’s, 8.
- Latvia gave 7 and Lithuania 6 points respectively
- Other countries awarding points were Bulgaria, Georgia, Serbia, Israel, Ireland, Italy and Denmark
- In total 11 countries awarded him points from the public
Ivan was unlucky to be placed in a semi-final in which Russia couldn’t vote as he would have potentially picked up both larger jury and televote scores had they been voting in his SF. It may still not have been enough to catch Serbia in 10th place though. Over a third of his points came from Poland and Ukraine (29 out of 84) and without those two countries he would have done really badly.
During the semi-final
Whilst people were tweeting about the stage show, there wasn’t a lot of love for the song…
Despite Ivan’s best efforts to promote the song, and make a memorable talked-about performance, the weak song just did not resonate with enough people with only 2 countries in the semi-final really voting for it in any numbers. Ivan showed at other events during the week that he did have a good voice and performed songs which were much better than ‘Learn to fly‘. Belarus quite simply picked the wrong song.
At least it gave us this moment though…