The Wiwi Jury — our in-house panel of music unprofessionals — have journeyed to the beautiful city of Minsk to check out the 10 acts competing in Eurofest 2018. With the national final on February 16, each act is no doubt rehearsing to perfect their package.
The final entrant up for review is Alekseev with “Forever”. Will the famed Ukrainian sensation blow us away with his entry? Read on to find out!
Alekseev – “Forever”
Antranig: Alekseev is an incredible singer capable of securing Belarus its best Eurovision result ever. But “Forever” — despite being a solid entry — is not the song capable of doing so. As such, it’s quite a relief knowing that this could be disqualified because Alekseev deserves a better song. Belarus needs him at Eurovision and hopefully they can concoct a song that better fits his talents.
Luis: Entries that create a buzz like “Forever” have a potential huge drawback: that they don’t live up to the expectations. This is a clear case. Alekseev has a very interesting voice, but his song is nothing new. “Forever” is an OK tune, but it fails to keep the atmosphere that it creates in the first minute. It’s monotonous, plus the lyrics are cliche and uninspired.
Natalie: Oh dear. I mean, is this a good song? Yeah, I guess it’s got a lot of emotion and power, albeit quite repetitive and obviously performed by an inflated ego. Would it win Eurovision? Possibly, it depends on the competition. But should it? No, of course not. Should it even be considered? Absolutely not. When a country has contestants literally refusing to compete because of rules being ignored and rigging, there’s something wrong.
Robyn: It looks like Alekseev might win the ticket to Lisbon on star power alone. It’s a shame because “Forever” isn’t the best song. The rule-compliant new version smoothed off all the interesting edges of the original and has made the song sound dreary instead of enchanting. But Alekseev is an experienced and popular performer and can latch onto the emotion of the song.
Sebastian: Putting all the drama of Alekseev’s song to one side, “Forever” is a slickly produced song, and we’d expect nothing less from the Ukrainian superstar. Compared to all other Belarusian entries, “Forever” scores well. However, compared to Alekseev’s discography and potential, “Forever” feels like a filler song on his back catalogue. If Alekseev does win Eurofest, here’s hoping he is forced to select a new entry so we can leave “Forever” forever in the past.
In our Eurofest Wiwi Jury, we have 11 jurors who made it to Minsk, but only room for 5 reviews. The rest of our scores can be found below:
Before calculating the average score, the highest and lowest scores are dropped. This is to remove outliers and reduce potential bias. We have removed a low of 2 and a high of 7.5.