Ukrainian singer ALEKSEEV, who is currently in the Belarusian national selection for the Eurovision Song Contest 2018, may face disqualfication from the selection, due to his song “Forever” being performed before September 1.
ESCWORLDCLUB, a online community with more than 500,000 followers, obtained and published videos of ALEKSEEV the Russian version of his entry “Forever” (entitled “Navsegda”) in Stavropol, Russia on May 23 2017 as part of his “Drunken World”. It was also that the singer premiered the song at the Oktyabrsky Palace in Kyiv on May 18 2017 and released a press statement about it. He then repeatedly performed it as part of his set throughout his tour. Videos of the performance in question were posted on VKontakte here, here and here.
Despite the English version of the song only being released last night, these videos show that the song has violated the rules of the Belarusian national selection, which states:
“A song (music and / or text) can participate in the Project, which was not commercially realized, and was also performed publicly before September 1, 2017: distributed over the Internet, as well as on any media (audio cassettes, CDs , mini-disks and the like) by means of sale or otherwise transmitted to a radio or television broadcast.The maximum duration of a song is three minutes. ”
Oleg Bodnarchuk, manager of singer Alekseev, has commented on the issue by saying that the English and Russian versions of the song are completely different, therefore the song should be allowed to compete in the Belarusian selection.
“The song “Forever” sung by ALEKSEEV in the Belarusian national selection will be publicly performed for the first time in front of a jury on January 11.
The fragment of the song “Navsegda”, performed at the concerts in Kyiv and Stavropol with completely different lyrics and modified melody. “Navsegda” and “Forever” are different works, as evidenced by the relevant agreements between the artist and the songwriters. “Forever” was composed by K. Pavlov, M.Koshevoy, lyrics by E.Matyushenko, while”Navsegda” was written and composed by K.Pavlov”.
BTRC have yet to comment on the matter. Live auditions for the Belarusian selection will take place on January 11. Up to 15 singers will progress to the national final, which will take place before March 1. The final result will be decided by 50% jury voting and 50% public voting.
Sources: ESCWORLDCLUB, ESCKAZ