Belarusian singer Gunesh has tried to represent her country at Eurovision over four times in the past, and will do the same again this year. In our series of interviews with the participants of “EuroFest”, we speak to the singer about her career and participation in EuroFest.
ED: Hello, Gunesh! Could you please tell us a little bit about yourself, and about your music achievements?
Hello! I was born in the city of Baranovichi, and spent my school years there. My vocal abilities became visible early. When I was only 3, I announced that I am gonna be the most popular singer ever! I used to be the main soloist of the school choir, all my teachers were sure I will have a success if I decide to sing in the future.
As I didnt have any connections in the world of music at that time, it was really hard to imagine that someday I will appear on the big stage! But i was lucky, because I met great person and teacher, musician and composer Fedor Zhilyak. He revealed an artist in me, and helped to improve my vocal talent.
My artistic career began with international vocal contests. I took part in lots and lots of them. Every my victory was giving the confidence and desire to work more and more. In 2000 I was invited to be the soloist of the Youth Music Hall Theatre in Minsk. A big role in development of my career was played by People’s artist of Belarus Anatoliy Yarmolenko. Working in his studio «Syabry» I have got the greatest experience.
The real popularity came to me after my successful performance at the vocal conest of the festival «Slavyanskiy bazar in Vitebsk» in 2005. In 2006 I have recorded my first album with songs of Belarusian authors and also my song «Daughter of the East» which won the tv-project «The song of the year». Public really liked the image of the «Daughter of the East».
To my achievements I can add that I am a scholarship holder of the special foundation of the President of Belarus, which supports young talented people. I was awarded by the medal of Francisk Skorina, which is one of the highest state awards. I am also a member of international association of festivals and singers WAFA.
Nowadays I am successfully giving my concerts all over the country.
ED:This is your fifth participation in “EuroFest”, why does this contest and the Eurovision Song Contest appeal to you so much?
National selection for Eurovision attracts a lot of attention in Belarus. Eurofest introduces new names to the country, and gives the opportunity for experiments. Every time I am trying to present new images, showing myself in different musical directions. I go in for art – this is what i do.
Apart of that Eurovision is a big musical event, with lots of musuicians from the whole Europe. I also would like to be a part of all that!
ED:Your song “And morning will come” is composed by the producer of Nigar Jamal (who won Eurovision 2011), Isa Melikov and written by Zahra Badalbeyli. Was there a reason why you chose to sing a song by an Azerbaijani team?
The main reason was the song. After the victory of Azerbaijan in 2011, Isa Melikov proposed to me a song for our national selection. He really revealed my internal world and I easily felt this image. So, I am among 5 finalists!
Besides of that, its a great pleasure to work with such professional as Isa Melikov. I am very glad that he proposed to me the song.
ED:Do you plan to change your song in the final to a different composition?
The song «And morning will come» really goes in common with me, but I also trust to Isa as he is a great professional and we actually have 3 other compositions that we made together, so maybe there will be a new song in the final.
ED:How will you plan to present your song in the final of EuroFest?
First of all, I would like tv-spectators and public in the hall to enjoy my performance, so I am planning to do everything possible for that!
ED:What are your favourite past entries from Eurovision?
Its really hard to mention only one singer or song… a lot of my SMS votes were sent to support Lordi. Dima Bilan was great too! I was standing and giving applauses in Olimpiyskiy during Patricia Kaas performance, I liked the song of Mor ve Otesi from Turkey and Harel Skaat’s song as well. I liked the voice of Alyosha from Ukraine. Last year I was right saying that Azefbaijan will win!
ED:Belarus only qualified to the final of Eurovision twice, with 3+2 and Dmitry Koldun. Why do you think other Belarusian entries haven’t been so successful?
I think the reasons are different. Maybe it necessary to make more deep analysis of the musical tendetions which are difeerent every year at Eurovision.. I think that preparation to Eurovision is a hard art process too, and probably not every one can make it.
ED: If you get to represent Belarus this year, what will you be able to give to the contest that other participants from your country did not?
Its gonna be some surprise I think!
ED: Thank you for the interview, and good luck in the final of EuroFest!