Alexander Minyonok: “For me the most important thing is to give joy and positivism to the audience” (Interview – Belarus at JESC 2016)

ESC+Plus has had the chance to talk to the Belarusian representative at Junior Eurovision 2016 Alexander Minyonok, who is currently involved into preparations for the contest.

The young singer will perform “Myzyka Moih Pobed”:

ESC+Plus: Hello Sasha! First of all, congratulations on having been selected to represent Belarus at Junior Eurovision 2015! How did you feel when you were named the winner of the Belarusian national selection? Did you expect such an awesome ending?

Hello! Thank u so much for the congratulations! I’m very pleased!

I didn’t expect such an awesome ending! In the first few minutes, I was shocked! Me and my team went to that selection with a goal to make a great show which would please the audience. I don’t even think I could win!

E+: Why did you decide to take part at the Belarusian national selection for Junior Eurovision?

Junior Eurovision Song Contest – it’s a dream for every person who is singing. Therefore, it was my dream,which is coming true…

E+: Tell us what your song is about. What is the thing you like the most of “Muzyka Moih Pobed” (Music of my Victories)? Did you take part in the composition?

This song is about me. Me as an artist, looking at myself performing different styles of music, trying something new. And when I find myself, then I find my way in music and in life generally. Yes, I participated. Music and lyrics were written by Kirill Yermakov and Roman Kolodko, but originally the lyrics of the song were totally different, and I asked them to write words about music ,which would reflect me.

E+: Will you revamp the song for the Junior Eurovision Song Contest or you will keep the original version?

Yes, we will revamp my song, but negligible.

E+: Are you planning to release an official video for your song before Junior Eurovision?

Maybe. So far, we haven’t thought about it.

E+: Have you already decided about how your stage performance will look like?

Yes, we have already decided.We worked hard a lot and we hope that our performance will be loved by the audience.

E+: What do you expect from your upcoming experience at Junior Eurovision? What do you think it will mean for your musical career?

For me the most important thing is to give joy and positivism to the audience and find new friends. My life’s dream – is to become an artist and I think that Junior Eurovision is a very good opportunity to gain experience, to show myself and my capabilities.


E+: Do you usually watch the senior Eurovision? Would you like to take part in the future?

Yes, I watch the senior Eurovision every year. Of course, when I grow up I want to take part there.

E+: You met the winner of Junior Eurovision 2013 Gaia Cauchi at New Wave Junior. Have you talked to her about your upcoming participation? Has she given you any advice?

I was so glad to meet her! From the 1st day, me, Gaia and our parents became very good friends. We have always supported each other. For me, Gaia is one of the most powerful junior singers in Europe. All the rehearsals before the New Wave Junior we sat together and talked and those conversations gave me some knowledge. I am very pleased that the ESC gives me the opportunity to meet this talented girl again. My family and I are really looking forward to meeting her and her parents!Miss them!

E+: Tell us more about yourself, your favourite music style, favourite school subject, hobbies, musical career…. Do you play any instruments?

My name is Sasha. I am 13 years old. I’m in 7th grade at the school with a musical bias. I play the accordion and piano, but few. I’m constantly singing. I am interested in all genres of music, looking for myself in them. This is stated in my song. My favorite subjects in school are PE lessons and literature. I like dancing. My fav styles are hip-hop and break-dance. I also like skateboarding, snowboarding, giroscootering, biking, skating. I like to play football with my friends, to swim. Every summer, me and my family like to spend time in the woods, on the lake, doing camping. We relax and have a good time there.

E+: What do you feel while singing on stage? 

It’s too difficult for me to explain what I feel on the stage. Perhaps, this is drive and togetherness with the audience.

E+: If you had the chance to sing in a duet with a famous singer, who would it be?

My idol is Justin Bieber. Well, I would really want to sing in a duet with him.

E+: If you could be invisible for a day what would you do?

This is a very interesting question! If I had a chance to be invisible, I would review all the films in the cinema and play with all slot machines. Moreover, it would be very cool to go to Disneyland that day!

E+: Can you send a message for our readers and Junior Eurovision fans?

Dear readers and fans! I am extremely glad to be a part of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest and I’m so exited to represent my country there. I want to give to all of you such an amazing positive emotions through my performance. Please support me and my team with your smiles and good emotions during our show! See you in Malta!

E+: Thank you very much for your time and see you in Malta! Belén G. (ESC+Plus)

You can watch the exclusive video message Alexander sent us below:

About Belén García (Spain)

Belén García (Spain)

My name is Belén. I’m a musician and English teacher from Spain.

I have been following Eurovision since I was only 11 and the junior version since the beginning (expert of this contest). I love Eurovision because I love discovering new songs every year.

Before ESC+Plus, I have been part of very well-known websites about (Junior) Eurovision. Apart from writing, I love taking professional photos, designing and editing videos, I’m very creative!

I have already traveled to Eurovision and Junior Eurovision a few times and I highly recommend it! =)

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