Four past participants of The Voice of Ukraine will be joining Alekseev at the Eurovision Song Contest 2018 as backing singers.
The backing singers joining Ukrainian born Alekseev on stage at the Eurovision Song Contest have been revealed today. The four backing singers are all past participants of The Voice of Ukraine, from which Alekseev found fame and launched his international career across the CIS. The singers joining Alekseev in Portugal are:
- Anyanya Udongwo – Participated in the sixth season of The Voice of Ukraine
- Vilen Kilchenko – Participated in the sixth season of The Voice of Ukraine
- Anna Kilchenko – Participated in the second season of The Voice of Ukraine
- Valeriya Khomenko – Participated in the Ukrainian edition of The Voice Kids
Alekseev won the Belarusian selection process topping both the public and jury voting. The singer rose to fame having participated in the Voice of Ukraine and has gone on to be a rising star in Ukraine and the CIS. He had originally entered the Ukrainian selection process for Eurovision 2018, before withdrawing and opting to try and represent Belarus instead.
He will be performing “Forever” for Belarus in Lisbon. The song has received approval from the European Broadcasting Union to be able to take part in the contest in May.
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.