Alyosha (singer)

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Alyosha
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Alyosha in Oslo, 23 May 2010
Background information
Birth name Olena Kucher
Born (1986-05-14) 14 May 1986 (age 36)
Zaporizhia, Ukraine[1]
Genres Rock, pop rock, alternative rock
Occupation(s) Singer
Years active 1992–present
Labels Catapult music[1]

Olena Kucher (Ukrainian: Олена Кучер, born 14 May 1986 in Zaporizhia), better known by her stage name Alyosha (Ukrainian: Aльоша), is a Ukrainian singer.

Career

Early career

She studied vocals at the Kiev National University of Culture and Arts and signed with the Catapult Music record label in 2008.[1]

In 2010, Alyosha released an album in the English language with songs written by Dr. Peter B. Chykaliuk and daughter Carrie Chykaliuk.

She was born two weeks after the Chernobyl disaster and her song Sweet People reflects concern both for the effects of this disaster and for the world environment.

2010: Ukraine in the Eurovision Song Contest 2010

On 20 March 2010, Alyosha won the Ukrainian National Final and thus represented Ukraine in the Eurovision Song Contest 2010. She replaced Vasyl Lazarovych who was originally picked on December 29, 2009 to represent Ukraine. After some political changes that took place in Ukraine his candidacy was withdrawn on March 15 under suspicion that he was picked with the help of the current director of the State National Television (1st National) Vasyl Ilashchuk. The petition to organize another concourse and to cancel the current results was signed by several famous Ukrainian performers such as Taisia Povaliy, Ruslana Pysanka, Kostyantyn Meladze, and many others.[2]

Originally, she was due to participate in the contest with the song "To Be Free". Later on, it came to the light that the winning song has been available for purchase (under the name of Alonya) at Amazon.de since 12 April 2008.[3] This would break the rules of the Eurovision Song Contest. A new song, "Sweet People", was chosen, two days after the 22 March deadline had passed, so NTU was fined by the EBU.[1] Alyosha performed in the second semi-final on 27 May 2010,[4] where she progressed to the final.[5] In the final Alyosha finished 10th with 108 points.[6]

Charts

Year Single Chart positions
UKR
[7]
RUS
[8]
SUI
[9]
2008 "To Be Free"
2009 "Sneg (Снег)" 169
2010 "Ty ujdesh (Ты уйдешь)" 6 52
"Sweet People" 73
2011 "Kto skazal (Кто сказал)" 13 154

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Alyosha to represent Ukraine at Eurovision with ‘Sweet People’ as her song, Kyiv Post (25 March 2010)
  2. (Russian) Arnova, V. "Over the President clouds increased". "Newspaper in Kiev" #46. March 11, 2010.
  3. "Alonya: Amazon.de" (in German). Amazon.de. Archived from the original on 25 March 2010. Retrieved 21 March 2010. Unknown parameter |deadurl= ignored (help); Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |publisher= (help)CS1 maint: unrecognized language (link)<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. Hondal, Victor (2010-03-24). "Alyosha to sing Sweet people in Eurovision 2010". ESCToday. Archived from the original on 26 March 2010. Retrieved 24 March 2010. Unknown parameter |deadurl= ignored (help); Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |publisher= (help)<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. Second Semi-Final: The qualifiers are..., official website of the Eurovision Song Contest (27 May 2010)
  6. Ukrainian singer Alyosha takes 10th place on Eurovision 2010 song contest In Norway, Kyiv Post (May 30, 2010)
  7. Ukrainian Airplay Chart Archived 1 February 2010 at WebCite
  8. Russian Airplay Chart
  9. Swiss Singles Chart

External links

Achievements
Preceded by
Svetlana Loboda
with "Be My Valentine!"
Ukraine in the Eurovision Song Contest
2010
Succeeded by
Mika Newton with "Angel"