Ukraine star Alekseev releases Belarus national final entry “Forever”

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He’s the Ukraine pop star who dramatically withdraw his Ukraine national final bid in and is now taking a chance with neighbouring Belarus. And Alekseev is showing he’s serious, with the release of his national final entry, “Forever”.

“Forever” is an English version of Alekseev’s recent single “Navsegda” — which also means ‘forever’. The original is also 3:45 long, but the Eurovision edit has been thoughtfully done and doesn’t feel like anything is missing.

The song is a dark ballad, in which Alekseev professes his love for the person who makes his life complete. He tells her, “It’s our happiest story and there’s no one around/We will go for it and I know you’ll be mine, forever”.

The Ukraine star got his big break on The Voice of Ukraine in 2014, where he was coached by Ani Lorak. He has since gone on to establish himself as a major pop performer in Ukraine, with success in Russia and neighbouring countries.

Last month Alekseev revealed he was planning to enter the Ukraine national selection. It was all looking like he’d be one of several high profile acts competing in Vidbir, when suddenly news broke that he was out.

In late December, reports emerged that Alekseev would instead submit a song to the national final of neighbouring Belarus. While no explanation was given for this move, at the same time Alekseev ended his longstanding professional relationship with music producer Ruslan Kvinta  — also the producer of Bidvir.

And while it may seem like a risk entering a national final of another country, Alekseev may stand out among the colourful entries that often make up the Belarus selection.

Alekseev – “Forever”

“Forever” – Alekseev (lyrics)

It must be something that we call love
Wherever I go, I’m coming back
And time cannot knock me off my track
This resolution is final

It must be something that we call love
It’s when you’re craving to say her name
And my reality seems to break
apart with her arrival

No need to worry, rain falling down
It’s our happiest story and there’s no one around
We will go for it and I know you’ll be mine forever

Windows wide open, flying so high
Both of us roaming through magnificent sky
Rain keeps on falling and I’ll know you’ll be mine forever

It must be something that we call dream
When all you told me I know by heart
The type of beauty I call supreme
And how it’s driving me crazy

No need to worry, rain falling down
It’s our happiest story and there’s no one around
We will go for it and I know you’ll be mine forever

Windows wide open, flying so high
Both of us roaming through magnificent sky
Rain keeps on falling and I’ll know you’ll be mine forever

You’ll always sing me something new
I will always follow
When I first saw you here I knew
That I was blind before you

No need to worry, rain falling down
It’s our happiest story and there’s no one around
We will go for it and I know you’ll be mine forever

Windows wide open, flying so high
Both of us roaming through magnificent sky
Rain keeps on falling and I’ll know you’ll be mine forever

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