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Belarus' Eurovision 2017 entry NAVIBAND - interesting facts

The young band NAVI will represent Belarus at the Eurovision Song Contest 2017 with the song "Story of my life".

WHO THESE GUYS ARE

Navi Band consists of Artem Lukyanenko and Ksenia Zhuk. He is 24 and she is 25. "She is a bullet and he is quiet, thoughtful," says Ksenia's mother Natalya Zhuk.

Ksenia and Artem went to piano classes in their musical schools but Artem left his studies soon after. The new passion for music began only at the age of 12, he tried to learn to play the guitar.

HOW THEY MET

Artem and Ksenia met quite by chance, it happened on February 14, 2013. Ksenia came to a rehearsal point where Artem was playing. The guy says he loved Ksenia's spontaneity: she asked to touch Artem's curls to make sure that they are real. "I said hi and offered her to play together," says Artem.

FIRST HIT

Artem Lukyanenko soon wrote the lyrics of the song Hug Me and offered Ksenia to sing it together. It was the first hit of the new band. And what a beautiful song this is!

BAND NAME

Incidentally, the name NAVI does not mean anything. It can be said that this is just a set of letters. Although in English is sounds similar to navy, but when naming the band, the guys did not think about anything connected with the army. Later Artem and Ksenia learned that in Georgian "navi" means "boat" and in Italian "nave" also means a boat or a ship.

MEETING WITH AGENT SCULLY

At the age of 14, Ksenia Zhuk got acquainted with the famous American actress Gillian Anderson (agent Scully from The X-Files). It happened at the Giffoni Film Festival in Italy. Ksenia told Gillian that she is a singer. Two months later, Anderson's agents contacted Ksenia with a request to send her material. Later on she corresponded with Anderson and even talked on the phone. Ksenia Zhuk says that the material was still unprofessional, so it did not work out.

PREVIOUS EUROVISION EXPERIENCE

In 2016, Navi tried to reach the final of the Eurovision national selection in Belarus with the song This Land, but victory went to IVAN, who eventually did not make it into the Eurovision 2016 final in Stockholm.

THEY SING IN BELARUSIAN MOSTLY

Most of the band's songs are in Belarusian, which is one of Belarus' two official langugages, on a par with Russian. The guys want to tell the whole Europe and world about this language, its beauty and Belarusian national traditions.

Belarus' Eurovision 2017 entry NAVIBAND - interesting facts