The Ukrainian singer ALEKSEEV has withdrawn from the Ukrainian national selection for Eurovision 2018 and has launched a bid to represent Belarus.
Earlier, this month we reported that ALEKSEEV confirmed that he and his team were ready to enter Vidbir 2018. He said via Instagram that his team are “accustomed to setting new goals and achieving them every time.”
However, the Ukrainian broadcaster STB announced yesterday that ALEKSEEV’s management had informed the producers of Vidbir that their entry is withdrawn. Accordingly, ALEKSEEV will not be part of the Ukrainian selection when it begins in February.
According to Belarussian news agency Sputnik, the Ukrainian singer now intends to compete in the national final in Belarus. He has recently been awarded “Singer of the Year” in “Our League” in Belarus.
Entries for the Belarusian selection closed on Tuesday. Auditions will be streamed live on the BTRC website on 11 January. According to BTRC, entries have been received from around the world. One of the entrants is a former Eurovision participant, Egiazar (part of 3+2 which represented Belarus in 2010).
Ukraine in the Eurovision Song Contest
Ukraine first participated in the Eurovision Song Contest in 2003, when Oleksandr Ponomariov performed “Hasta la vista”. The following year Ruslana won the contest for Ukraine with the song “Wild Dances”. It was a feat that would be replicated again in 2016 by Jamala with her song “1944”, her emotionally charged song scored a record 534 points to take victory in Stockholm. In 2015 Ukraine did not compete in the contest due to financial difficulties.