At last we come to Belarus. We delayed our review of “Forever” because we can never tell if the song Belarus initially selects for Eurovision is going to be the one that will represent Belarus at Eurovision. Given all the controversy over Alekseev’s participation at this year’s Belarusian national final, it seemed like there was a good chance that “Forever” was not going to make it to Lisbon. But, as is so often the case, Belarus’ president Alexander Lukashenko weighed in so that Eurovision preparations could move forward. He’s helpful that way.
It’s been a few years since Belarus has had a chaotic national final, so we are bathing in the nostalgia.
So, without further ado (we hope), here is Alekseev with “Forever.”
So we’ll give Alekseev top marks for staging. Knowing Portugal is not using giant LED screens at Eurovision, he showed up with an LED suit. Fabulous. If only his vocal were as good.
Of course, since the national final, he’s revamped his song a bit, so here is the official video with a new arrangement.
It’s not bad, but the vocal line is still the same. You know, the vocal line that he struggled with live and can’t seem to nail even on the recorded track. So it doesn’t exactly give us confidence that his national final performance was an off night. But he’ll have the LED suit, right? That should keep the audience happy since nothing else will.