Just when you thought you’d seen it all on the Eurovision stage, Belarus’ Alekseev turns up with props and gimmicks by the bucket. It’s a war of the roses on stage as Alekseev starts the song by tenderly offering a rose to the camera. A dancer takes the rose, before shooting the rose back at Alekseev with a bow.
Perhaps the most striking visual moment is the climax of the song. Alekseev turns around to show his shirt is torn at the back, exposing a wound filled with roses. It’s gory and slightly offputting — but sufficiently WTF that you can’t stop thinking about it.
Vocally Alekseev showed that he’s more than able to handle the song. The nerves and stumbles of the national final are gone and Alekseev is coming in to his own as an artist and performer. That he stands on a platform makes sense. This performance is taking him higher!
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Photo & Footage: Courtesy of EBU & RTP