BELARUS – 16 years after Alekseev’s visit to Madrid for the Eurovision party coincided with meeting his foster parents. He traveled to Murcia and met Mama Pepa and Papá Fernando who obviously both anticipated to see him.
I still remember the smell of cookies from Mama Pepa, the afternoon when we launched fireworks with Papá Fernando from the terrace of our house and my feelings when they offered me to stay with them forever.
There seems to be serious family issue with Alekseev as her was also seeking his biological father in Tel Aviv after (according to the singer) abandoned him. In the meantime his bio on Wikipedia create more confusion about his family, the city where he was born and what is actually happening with Alekseev and his family origins.
Somehow it doesn’t fit.
BELARUS – Although he is a rising superstar in Ukraine what you get from Nikita Alekseev is modesty. A truly shy guy who’s always open to chat and interaction with the fans, attended the 2018 edition of Israel Calling and gave (to be fair) one of the best performances during the live show on April 10th at Rabin Square. We got to chat with him at Presidnt’s forest a day earlier and you can see yourself that although we know his star level, he is a young kid which only deserves a big hug.
ALEKSEEV, the artist name of Nikita Alekseev, was born in Kyiv, Ukraine, in 1993. He was mainly raised by his mother, as his father left the family before he was born. He never actually met his father, but still hopes to meet him one day. With his songs and performances he hopes listeners will open up to their emotions and feelings. During the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest it is his main goal to share his own feelings and emotions with the world.
At the age of 10 ALEKSEEV started playing music and formed his own band in school. In 2010 he started in university and decided to go into marketing. However, he couldn’t live without music and created the student musical group Mova, which mostly played songs by the Red Hot Chili Peppers. At the age of 18 he attempted to take part in the Ukrainian edition of The Voice, but did not pass the auditions. He tried again in 2014 when singer Ani Lorak, who came second in the 2008 Eurovision Song Contest, gave him a chance during the blind auditions. While he didn’t win, he became the most popular participant of the series.
ALEKSEEV works closely with Oleg Bodnarchuk, one of the most famous creative directors in Eastern Europe. Together they created Drunk Sun (Пьяное солнце), which generated over 35 million views on YouTube.
ALEKSEEV has performed in more than twenty countries around Europe and beyond, and won several awards, such as the Singer of the Year-award, once in Belarus and twice in Russia. He is well known in Belarus and considers himself to be a Belarusian artist, which is why he took part in the country’s national selection for the Eurovision Song Contest.
We looked up if his father showed up in Tel Aviv after the live show but unfortunately there was no contact once again!
BELARUS – Belarusian President Lukashenko who’s taking the senior and Junior Eurovision Song Contest serious enough on behalf of his country shared his thoughts fo Alekseev’s participation in the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest. Although he would like a Belarusian singer to be the one that bring the trophy to Minsk soon, he totally supports Nikita Alekseev’s venture:
“There is nothing bad in it, especially when this is a Russian or Ukrainian person. It is not banned. Russian or Ukrainian guys can represent Belarus, Belarusians can represent other countries. In my opinion, the fact that Belarus will be represented by a Ukrainian guy is good for the state, especially for your industry because he can impress many people. Let’s agree that he is a talented guy and he objectively won. Is this the Eurovision format? Absolutely. Besides, he is a popular singer, he is famous in Russia and Ukraine. I hope that these countries will give us 12 points. I don’t see anything wrong here.”
EUROVISION.TV REPORTS / BELARUS – The 2018 Junior Eurovision Song Contest will take place on Sunday 25th November in the Minsk Arena in Belarus. The slogan for the 2018 competition has also been unveiled – #LightUp!
Last October it was revealed that Junior Eurovision 2018 will be hosted by Belarusian national broadcaster BTRC (Belarusian Television and Radio Company). It will be the 16th edition of the contest and, after 2010, the second to be held in the Minsk Arena in the capital city of Belarus.
The Minsk Arena is the largest complex for cultural and sport events in Belarus, with a capacity of 15,000 spectators. The venue has already hosted the Junior Eurovision Song Contest in 2010 and concerts of other international superstars such as Shakira, Jennifer Lopez and Depeche Mode.
Broadcaster BTRC also revealed the creative theme that will accompany the 2018 Contest. #LightUp is the slogan for this year’s event, complimented by a creative logo design based around a morning star made of vertically inverted soundwaves.
The artwork for the event celebrates the artistic potential and creative drive of the young Junior Eurovision participants that will be turning the stage into something magical, like a sky full of stars.
Head of Live Events at the EBU, Jon Ola Sand said: “We are pleased to be working with BTRC this year and we have full confidence that they will host a great show in November. This will be the 16th edition of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest and we’re sure that this year’s competition will be once again a great way for children to showcase their musical talent.”
Last year’s Junior Eurovision Song Contest was held in Tbilisi, Georgia, and saw Russia taking the crown home, thanks to a stunning performance by Polina Bogusevich with the song Wings.
Belarus is one of the most successful countries at Junior Eurovision and has won the competition twice and appeared in the top five no less than nine times. It is also one of the few countries that has participated in every single contest since Junior Eurovision began in 2003.
BELARUS – The victory of Alekseev in Belarus, a common secret to everyone, was not the only reason for Tim Norell’s reaction. Problems started before the national final as it was discovered that the song was previously performed live several times breaching the BTRC and EBU rules. Despite 6 NF participants threatening to withdraw it was only Sofi Lapina who actually protested by withdrawing from the national final.
After winning the national final, Alekseev although was allowed to compete under a slight change in the melody and melodic line by BTRC, EBU granted the song permission to be performed in Lisbon under its original version, obviously making Alekseev and BTRC happy.
After all, BTRC was somehow “plotting” the participation of Alekseev when Ukrainian national broadcaster was denying him participation.
Tim Norell composed the song for Gunesh and came 2nd in the results is upset with the entire procedure claiming that BTRC and EBU breached the own rules. Speaking to Swedish press he said:
Belarus is a country of corruption, you have understood, but we had expected the EBU to put everything right.. Now the EBU does not follow its own rules. How, then, as a songwriter, will I know what is applicable? I’ll let our lawyer look at this.
It is not though the first time EBU is loosen its ruling for songs that previously published or performed to limited audience something which might be legal because it’s a decision of EBU’s Reference Group but ethically creates, every time, questions about how things are actually working.
In the meantime Swedish newspaper contacted the EBU and got a reply statement:
As in previous years, it is up to each country’s broadcaster to elect an appropriate entrant to the Eurovision Song Contest in May. The EBU and the host country’s television company will then ensure that all entries comply with the competition rules. All potential entries to the Eurovision Song Contest are reviewed by the EBU prior to the Delegation Manager’s meeting in March, to ensure that the songs follow the rules before they formally qualify for a contest.
One thing is for sure: EBU must finally take a clear stand on how the issue of originality will work. We all remember after all that a non original song, clearly breaching the EEBU rules, won the Eurovision Song Contest in 2015 from Sweden, no matter how much our readers will react on this!