Alekseev chosen to represent Belarus at Eurovision 2018

Belarus becomes the latest country to choose their representative for the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest. Alekseev won the countries national selection show Eurofest 2018 with “Forever” and will perform the song in the first semi-final of the contest in Lisbon. The song sounds very current and could translate very well on the Eurovision stage come May.

Ninety-three applications were to submitted Eurofest 2018 before auditions took place. A professional jury then chose the top ten candidates who featured in the finals. Alekseev won the contest after receiving the most points from both the public vote and juries vote.

You can watch the official music video for “Forever” below:

Belarus first entered the Eurovision Song Contest back in 2004 but have not had much success over the years, only managing to qualify for the final on five occasions since their debut. Their best entry came in 2007 when Dmitry Koldun finished in sixth place with the song “Work Your Magic”. Last year, Naviband represented Belarus with “Story of my Life”, a catchy, upbeat song which saw them finish in sixteenth place in the final.

Belarus will be hoping they can do well in the contest this year, however, they already have some tough competition. Other acts that have been announced so far are Sennek for BelgiumSaara Aalto for FinlandWaylon for the NetherlandsAISEL for AzerbaijanCesar Sampson for AustriaJessica Mauboy for AustraliaEugent Bushpepa for Albania, Iriao for Georgia, Madame Monsieur for France, Julia Samoylova for RussiaAlfred & Amaia for SpainMikolas Josef for the Czech RepublicRyan O’Shaughnessy for IrelandEleni Foureira for CyprusChristabelle for MaltaZibbz for SwitzerlandSuRie for the United KingdomRasmussen for Denmark, Ermal Meta and Fabrizio Moro for ItalyEye Cue for F.Y.R Macedonia, Franka for Croatia, Netta Barzilai for Israel and Gianna Terzi for Greece.

The Eurovision Song Contest 2018 will be hosted at the Altice Arena, Lisbon, Portugal; with the two Semi-Finals taking place on 8 May and 10 May and the Grand Final taking place on 12 May. A total of 43 countries will compete in the contest.

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Written by Lynn Macgillivray

I'm Lynn - a writer, accountant and lover of all things music (especially a good boyband). Twitter: @xxitslynn