Lisbon 2018

Alekseev speaks to ESCXTRA: “I hope Eurovision will help me find my father” (Interview)

In this year’s Eurovision Song Contest, Alekseev will represent Belarus with his song ‘Forever’. We caught up with him in Amsterdam to ask how he’s feeling and what to expect from him in Lisbon!
We began by asking Alekseev what he was expecting of his performance in Amsterdam, since this could give us a glimpse into what his performance in Lisbon could be like:

I want to bring my soul and I want to be able to sing my song and for that to be enough!

We’re expecting a heartfelt performance from Alekseev in Lisbon!
We had to ask about the addition of piano to his song, which proved to be rather controversial within the Eurovision fan community. Alekseev responded:

We added piano because our visual show will be very emotional and personal – we want to find the best recipe to represent Belarus this year.

Alekseev told us that he has been working with a vocal coach, Alex Panayi, who represented Greece in the 1995 and 2000 contests and has also been the vocal director for many entries in the last few years.

I’m looking forward to going to Lisbon, seeing the big stage, and singing for the European audience!

“A big chance to meet my father”

Alekseev revealed that he is hoping his Eurovision performance will help him to find his father, whom he has never met.

This is a big chance to meet my father; he left my mother before I was born and this is a great chance for me to see him again. Maybe he will watch my performance in Lisbon and say, “Yeah, that’s my boy!”

We wish Alekseev the best of luck with finding his father. If his father saw him perform, we are certain that he would be proud!
You can see the full interview below, and we’ll see Alekseev again in Lisbon.

Belarus in the Eurovision Song Contest 2018

Alekseev will represent Belarus in this year’s Eurovision Song Contest in Lisbon, Portugal, with his song ‘Forever’. He will perform eighth in the first semifinal and is currently 16th in the betting odds to win the contest.
Last year in Kyiv, Ukraine, Naviband represented Belarus with their song “Story of My Life”. They came 17th in the final with 83 points.
In their 14 participations, Belarus have reached the Eurovision final only five times. Could Alekseev be the one to bring glory to Belarus? We’ll find out in May!
What are your thoughts on this year’s Belarusian entry? Is Forever one of your favourites? How well do you think Alekseev will do in Lisbon?
Let us know in the comments below and on social media @ESCXTRA!

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