Review: Alekseev- ‘Forever’ (Belarus)

Artist: Alekseev

Song: Forever

Country: Belarus

Rating: ★★★★★★☆☆☆☆

Ranking: 35th

Betting Odds: 41/1

The Belorussian selection show was controversial in 2018 with eventual winner Alekseev being accused of sharing and performing a Russian language version of his song ‘Forever’ prior to the 1 September cut off point. Many of the artists competing in the selection process said that the contest was rigged in Alekseev’s favour and threatened to withdraw if he wasn’t disqualified (only one act, Sofi Lapina actually followed through on the threat). Nevertheless, Alekseev persevered and was chosen as the Belarus Eurovision act for 2018.

Not only that but it seems that the fandom have embraced the singer. Alekseev’s is the face (well mouth) that launched a thousand memes. At recent performances at promotional concerts in Amsterdam, Jerusalem and London, Eurovision fans were quick to notice just how wide Alekseev’s mouth gets in order for him to belt out those high notes. This has spawned numerous memes in which Alekseev’s wide mouth has been photo shopped into images with other Eurovision stars and has even seen the creation of a twitter account for the Belarussian representative’s mouth.

Controversy and memes aside, Alekseev’s song ‘Forever’ is a fair effort bordering on the forgettable. Written and produced by Kyrylo Pavlov Evhen Matyushenko, it sees the use of a distinctive drumbeat which is accompanied by Alekseev’s breathy vocals which echo throughout. The song while at times mystical, is very generic, one-dimensional and doesn’t really take the listener on much of a journey.

Alekseev will perform in the very competitive First Semi Final at Eurovision and despite a huge fan base, may struggle to make it to the Final.

For more information on the artist here is 10 Things About…Alekseev!

The full lyrics to the song are here and check out the video below!

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