NAVI won Belarus’ national final with their song “Historyja majho žyccia.”
Arciom Lukjanienka and Ksienija Žuk formed NAVI in 2013. They first vied to represent Belarus in 2016 with “Heta ziamla.” They finished fourth, well behind winner IVAN, but were immortalized in one of the greatest tweets about Eurovision ever:
For those think order doesn't make a difference, remember IVAN qualified in Belarus but NAVI didn't. And those are the same 4 letters.— They think it's all over..it is now... (@elainovision) April 5, 2016
“Historyja majho žyccia” is not entirely dissimilar to their previous effort, but benefits from sounding… more authentic? Like, if “Heta ziamla” is NAVI selling out, “Historyja majho žyccia” is NAVI staying true to themselves. (To wit, NAVI will be performing their song in Belarusian in Kyiv.)
That said, its folk-pop sound reminds us of bands like Mumford and Sons and past Eurovision efforts like Firelight’s “Coming Home” and Monika Linkytė and Vaidas Baumila’s “This Time.” Despite the air of familiarity, we really enjoy NAVI’s effusiveness. Also we hope they keep those graphics for their video backdrop. Once again, we love Belarus and we got it deep inside.