Alekseev has defended his decision to perform in English, as the singer admits that it’s a challenge that he’s willing to take on in Lisbon.
In an interview with Russian press, Alekseev has spoken about his decision to perform in English for the first time. The singer who is primarily known for his Russian language hits, stated that his performance in Belarus’ national final was the first time that he’s performed in English on stage.
Alekseev was questioned as to why he opted to perform in English, when international fans of the singer who don’t know Russian have connected with his songs regardless. He explained that “it’s an interesting experience” and that the “difficulties do not frighten me”. He added;
To me, the inner voice prompted that this song in this context should be performed in English.
The singer was also questioned on his decision to represent Belarus at the Eurovision Song Contest. The Ukrainian singer explained that he was influenced to try and represent Belarus by the country recognising him as “singer of the year”. The recognition became “one of the determining factors” in his decision to take part in Belarus’ selection.
Ten artists competed for the chance to represent Belarus in Eurofest 2018 show, live from Minsk. The results of the show were as follows:
- Alekseev – “Forever” – 24 (12 + 12)
- Gunesh – “I Will Not Cry” – 14 (6 + 8)
- Shuma – “Hmarki” – 14 (10 + 4)
- Kirill Hood – “Deja Vu” – 13 (8 + 5)
- Napoli – “Chasing rushes” – 13 (7 + 6)
- Anastasia Malashkevich – “World on Fire” – 12 (5 + 7)
- Radio wave – “Subway Lines” – 12 (2 + 10)
- Lexy Weaver – “Ain’t You” – 7 (3 + 4)
- ALEN HIT – “I Do Not Care” – 6 (4 + 2)
- Agagio – “You and I” – 2 (1 + 1)
The results were decided by both a jury vote and a televote, each of which contributed 50% of the result.
The Eurofest guest performers included Naviband, last year’s Eurovision representatives from Belarus. Joining Naviband are participants from last year’s national selection and those from this years audition round: Violetta Baginskaya, Angelina Pipper, Ivan Zdonyuk, Angelica Pushnova, Elizaveta Muravieva, July, Michael Soul, and trio Beatrice.
The show was hosted by Teo, who represented Belarus at the Eurovision Song Contest 2014, as well as TV presenter Olga Ryzhikova.
Belarus in the Eurovision Song Contest
Belarus debuted in the Eurovision Song Contest in 2004 and has made it to the final on four occasions. For the past two years, Belarus has failed to make it through to the final of the Eurovision Song Contest. Their most recent entrant, IVAN, finished in 12th place in his semi-final and was 21 points away from qualification. Belarus’ best result in the contest came in 2007 when Dmitry Koldun finished 6th in the final with a total of 145 points. In total Belarus has qualified for the Eurovision final five times in fourteen attempts.