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Meet Alekseev From Belarus

This year 43 countries will be present at this years Eurovision Song Contest to be held in Lisbon in May. With around two weeks to go until all of Europe descends on Portugal's capital, Eurovoxx will introduce you to each country that will be participating.

Who Is He?

Alekseev, whose real name is Nikita Vladimirovich Alekseev, is a Ukrainian singer and songwriter. At the age of 12, Alekseev became very interested in music and singing, and was taught by Konstantin Pona. He later started his own band called "Mova". He first began his career in 2014 after being a semifinalist on season four of The Voice of Ukraine. In September 2015, Alekseev released "Pyanoye solntse" (Drunken Sun). The next month, he produced a music video, in which Alekseev kills his alter ego after breaking up with a girl, that was shot. The subsequent singles, "Dreams of Shards", "Oceans of Steel" and "Feeling Soul", also had their music videos produced too. In late May 2016, he received the RU.TV award for best song. He also received a Yuna Award for "Drunken Sun". On June 29, 2016, he performed the song at Miss Ukraine 2016. In June of the same year, Alekseev won Breakthrough Artist of The Year at the Russian MUZ-TV Awards, and Breakthrough Artist of The Year at the Ukrainian M1 Music Awards in December 2016. In March 2017, the artist won ZD Awards and Top Hit Music Awards in several categories: "Breakthrough Artist of The Year", "Artist of The Year", "Take-Off of The Year", "Most Frequently Played on The Radio" for the track "Dunken Sun" and "Most Popular Radio Artist".

Check out Alekseev "Forever" Eurovision Song

How Was He chosen?

One week after applying for the Ukrainian contest "Vidbir", it was revealed that Alekseev had revoked his bid. It was then later revealed that he entered into Belarus' contest instead. There was controversy following Alekseev's entry. Eurovision rules state that the song performed is not allowed to have been performed before September 1 of the previous year. Alekseev, however, had been performing a Russian song named "Навсегда" at his concerts. He then shortened the song and translated the lyrics to English to get around this rule. On January 15, 2018, an article emerged claiming that 11 other finalists in the Belarus contest were threatening to withdraw if Alekseev was allowed to qualify for the contests' final. However, on February 16, 2018, it was revealed that Alekseev had won the Belarus contest and would be representing the country at the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest in Lisbon, Portugal.

Belarus In Eurovision Song Contest

Belarus has participated in the Eurovision Song Contest 14 times. Belarus entered the contest in 2004, the same year that semi-finals were used to determine who would compete in the final. Belarus has so far managed to qualify for the final five times: in 2007 with Dmitry Koldun, in 2010 with band 3+2, in 2013 with Alyona Lanskaya, in 2014 with Teo and in 2017 with Naviband. The best result of Belarus is in 2007 where Dmitry Koldun finished sixth with the song "Work Your Magic".

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