BELARUS – Nikita Alekseev is officially thee winner of the Belarusian National Final 2018. He will represent Belarus with the song “Forever”. Nikita Vladimirovich Alekseev, known professionally as simply Alekseev, is a Ukrainian singer and songwriter. He first began his career in 2014 after placing as a semifinalist on season four of The Voice of Ukraine. He subsequently released the single “Pyanoye solntse”, which went on to become a number-one hit throughout the former Soviet Union and kickstarted his music career.
During Voice Of The Country’s blind auditions, Ani Lorak turned her chair for Alekseev, but he did not go beyond the 1st live broadcast. As a consolation prize, Ani Lorak helped Alekseev shoot the music video for his debut single “Everything is in Time”. But he didn’t gain popularity until after he apeared on Voice Of The County:Reload where he covered Iryna Bilyk’s “I’m Drowning” and shot a music video for it. The song stayed first for several weeks on the FDR chart. Iryna Bilyk herself positively commented on the cover even invited him to sing at her concert.
In September 2015, Alekseev released Пьяное солнце (Drunken Sun), with lyrics by Vitaly Kurovsky and music by Rusland Quint. The next month, a music video directed by Alan Badoev was shot in which Alekseev kills his alter ego after breaking up with a girl. In late May 2016, he received the RU.TV award for best song. He also received a prestigious YUNA award for Drunken Sun. His hit Drunken Sun gained the status of a Platinum Single on iTunes and was in Shazam’s Top 100 World Chart the following week. No less successful were the subsequent singles “Dreams of Shards”, “Oceans of Steel” and “Feeling Soul” whos music videos were also directed by Alan Badoev.
On June 29, 2016, Alekseev performed at Miss Ukraine Universe 2016.
In June 2016, 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 was awarded many 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”.
On February 14, 2017, Valentine’s Day, Alekseev started his first All-Ukrainian Tour. The final show took place on the artist’s birthday, May 18, at the Oktyabrsky Palace.
BELARUS 2018 🇧🇾 NATIONAL FINAL
|PARTICIPANT(S) / SONG TITLE||JURY||PUBLIC||TOTAL||OIKOTIMES POLL|
|Alekseev - “Forever”||12||12||24||Predicted to Win|
|Gunesh - “I will not cry”||6||8||14|
|Shuma - "Hmarki"||10||4||14|
|Napoli - “Chasing rushes”||7||6||13|
|Cyril Hood - “Deja Vu”||8||5||13|
|Radio wave - “Subway lines”||2||10||12|
|Anastasia Malashkevich - “World on fire”||5||7||12|
|Lexy - “Ain’t you”||3||4||7|
|ALEN HIT - “I do not care”||4||2||6|
|Adagio - “You and I”||1||1||2|
|Sophia Lapina - “Gravity”||Withdrawn|