Alekseev’s participation in Belarus’ national selection has not been a smooth one. He was originally due to participate in Ukraine’s Vidbir, before switching to the Belarusian selection. Then news broke that he had performed his entry back in May 2017. However, after making some changes to Forever, BTRC have confirmed that they won’t disqualify him.
One singer has even withdrawn from the Belarusian selection due to the controversy; Sofi Lapina withdrew three weeks ago and several other singers have signed an open letter appealing for Alekseev’s disqualification!
Alekseev has modified Forever
The Belarusian broadcaster, BTRC, have confirmed that Alekseev is eligible to compete in Belarus’ national selection and will not be disqualified. They made this decision after he made changes to his song, Forever, and BTRC say that the song no longer breaks the contes rules.
Belarus in the Eurovision Song Contest 2018
Belarus will select their representative for the Eurovision Song Contest 2018 on 16 February. The 10 participants in the show are, in the order that they will perform:
- Agagio – You and I
- Alekseev – Forever
- Shuma – Hmarki
- Napoli – Chasing Rushes
- Anastasia Malashkevich – World on Fire
- Gunesh – I Will Not Cry
- Radiowave – Subway Lines
- ALEN HIT – I Do Not Care
- Lexy – Ain’t You
- Kirill Hood – Deja Vu
Before the 2018 contest, Belarus has participated 14 times since debuting in 2004. Their best result came in 2007, when Dmitry Koldun came sixth with Work Your Magic.
Last year, Naviband represented Belarus with Story of my Life. They came 17th in the final with 83 points.
What do you think about this? Should Alekseev still be disqualified? Which is your favourite from the Belarussian selection?
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