It’s not even been a full week since the Belarusian broadcaster BTRC announced the list of 11 acts all hoping for that Eurovision ticket to Lisbon. But today, 11 became 10 as Sofi Lapina withdrew her song “Gravity” from the selection – and she may not be the only one to do so…
Sofi, a Russian singer, withdrew from the competition only hours after BTRC announced the running order for the event, which will take place on February 16th. Her reasons? Well, Sofi’s name was one of 6 that were signed on a letter to BTRC all threatening to quit the contest if Alekseev’s song “Forever” were allowed to compete. Why? Because they fear that Alekseev’s song is essentially an edited version of “Navsegda”, a Russian song that he first performed in May 2017 – some 5 months before the EBU’s September 1st rule that states no song performed prior to this date can take part in the contest.
The signed acts, (Alen Hit, Anastasiya Malashkevich, Kirill Good, Gunesh, Napoli and Sofi Lapina) all believe this will give Alekseev an unfair advantage over them all and even went as far as to suggest that the outcome of the national final had already been decided. They certainly didn’t mince their words in their letter: We do not consider it possible to participate in the farce, to what the final of the national selection will seem like in the event of the appearance of the artist Alekseev.
Sofi had been drawn to perform 4th during the contest, but as she is out, here is what the remaining running order looks like… for now…
4. Sofi Lapina
6. Anastasiya Malashkevich
9. ALEN HIT
11. Kirill Good
Sofi Lapina announced and later confirmed her leaving the contest on EuroForum, a Russian Eurovision fan forum. So far, none of the other signatures of that letter have made their plans known – but it’s not entirely impossible that Sofi could just be the first to walk out…
Are you sorry to see Sofi go? What do you make of this Alekseev scandal?
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Author: James Scanlan
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