Ruslan Alekhno

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Ruslan Alekhno
Руслан Алехно, 2012 г.JPG
Background information
Birth name Ruslan Feodorovich Alekhno Russian: Руслан Фёдорович Алехно
Born (1981-10-14) October 14, 1981 (age 35)
Bobruysk, Byelorussian SSR, USSR
Genres Pop, Pop rock
Occupation(s) singer, performer
Years active 2001–present
Website www.alehno.ru

Ruslan Alekhno (Russian: Руслан Фёдорович Алехно, Ruslan Feodorovich Alekhno, Belarusian: Руслан Фёдаравіч Аляхно, Ruslan Feodaravich Alyakhno) (born October 14, 1981 in Bobruysk, Byelorussian SSR, USSR now Belarus) is a Russian and Belarusian singer who rose to popularity after winning Narodniy Artist - 2 translated as People's Artist-2 (in Russian Народный Артист-2), the Russian version of Pop Idol.

Early life[edit]

Ruslan Alekhno was born in October 14, 1981 in the Belarusian town of Bobruisk. His musical abilities were revealed in early childhood when he started to take bayan classes. However, it was not enough for the young talent, and on leaving musical school Ruslan could already play the guitar, tube, piano and drums.

When he was 16, Ruslan wrote his first musical composition. The role of the only spectator and critic as well was given to his mother. At that time Ruslan couldn't even imagine that the real-life story, which had evoked the content of his first composition, would appear again someday in his future hit Hasta la vista.[1]

Career[edit]

Ruslan Alekhno at Belgrade (2008)

In 2001, Ruslan Alekhno was the winner of the Belarusian TV project Hit-Moment, and in 2003 he was the winner in "Clear Voice" nomination at the "Crossroads of Europe Festival" in Belarus and was also the laureate of "Molodechno-2003" vocal contest in Belarus. In 2004, he also won the second prize in the International Malvy Festival in Poland.[1] In 2005, together with Aleksey Goman, winner of Narodniy Artist - 1, he was the prize winner of Festival of Patriotic songs with "This is my Homeland", devoted to Victory anniversary.

Winning People's Artist - 2 (Russian Pop Idol 2004)[edit]

Ruslan Alekhno won the Russian TV project Narodniy Artist - 2 (in Russian Народный артист - 2, translated as People's Artist - 2, the Russian version of Pop Idol). Upon his victory, he released his first studio album Rano ili Pozdno (Sooner or Later) in 2005.[1]

Representing Belarus in Eurovision 2008[edit]

Ruslan Alekhno at Belgrade (2008)

In 2008, Ruslan Alekhno became the winner of National Television Musical project EuroFest, the Belarusian annual competition to decide who would sing for the Republic of Belarus at the Eurovision Song Contest.[2]

Emerging as the victor, he went on to represent Belarus in the 2008 Eurovision Song Contest[3][4] in Belgrade, Serbia. Alekhno sang in the second semi-final elimination round on May 22, 2008, singing "Hasta la Vista",[5][6][7] but failed to win a place in the final.

2012–present[edit]

Ruslan Alekhno at Red Square, June 12, 2015

In 2012, Alekhno began new creative phase, recording new songs and working on new show. His new song "Ne Zabyt'" was in rotation on radio stations, new video has been released, as well as the next single: "My Ostanemsya".[8]

In May 2013, he released album of war songs Nasledie, which included the famous Russian songs of the Great Patriotic War. According to Ruslan, his new album is a tribute to all veterans of the World War II. Ruslan dedicates it to all grandparents, who fought against fascism.[9]

On May 26, 2013, International Academy of Public Recognition presented Ruslan Alekhno with the Award "For contribution to the development of Russian culture."[10]

In 2014, Alekhno released his new single "Serdtse Iz Stekla" feat. Russian superstar singer Valeriya. A new music video was expected to be released in spring 2014.[11]

In 2015, Alekhno won a TV show "Odin v odin!" a Russian version of "Your Face Sounds Familiar".[12]

Awards[edit]

  • 2000 Winner of contest "Viva Victory"
  • 2001 First Prize at the International Competition in Poland
  • 2001 Grand Prix of the International Contest of patriotic songs Russia
  • 2002 Laureate of the Belarusian Song and Poetry
  • 2003 Second Prize at the "Golden Hit"
  • 2003 "Clear Voice" reward at festival "Crossroads of Europe"
  • 2004 Second Prize of the International Festival of "Mallow" (Poland)
  • 2004 Winner of the TV channel Russia contest "People's Artist – 2"
  • 2005 First Prize of the All-Russian competition of patriotic songs
  • 2013 The Award "For contribution to the development of Russian culture"
  • 2015 Winner of the TV show "Odin v Odin!"[8]

Personal life[edit]

Ruslan Alekhno was in a relationship with actress Irina Medvedeva since 2004, married 2009-2011.[13][14]

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

  • Rano ili Pozdno (Sooner Or Later) (2005)
  • Hasta La Vista (2008)
  • Nasledie (Heritage) (2013)
  • Ruslan Alehno (2015)

Music Videos[edit]

  • 2005: "Neobyknovennaya" - Trio with Alexey Chumakov and Aleksandr Panayotov
  • 2007: "Serdtse Zemli Moyei" - Duet with Irina Dorofeeva
  • 2008: "Hasta La Vista"
  • 2012: "Ne Zabyt"
  • 2013: "Lyubimaya"
  • 2014: "Heart of Glass" - Duet with Valeriya

Singles[edit]

  • 2005: "Neobiknovennaya" (Необыкновенная, Unusual Girl) -- Trio with Alexey Chumakov and Aleksandr Panayotov
  • 2007: "Serdtse Zemli Moyei" (Сердце Земли Моей, Heart of my Land) (duet with Irina Dorofeeva)
  • 2008: "Hasta la Vista"
  • 2009: "Mroja" (Dream)[15]
  • 2012: "Ne Zabyt'" (Не Забыть, Can't Be Forgotten)
  • 2012: "My Ostanemsya" (Мы Останемся, We'll stay)
  • 2013: "Lyubimaya" (Любимая, Beloved)
  • 2014: "Serdtse Iz Stekla" (Сердце Из Стекла, Heart Of Glass") (feat Valeriya)
Preceded by
Dmitry Koldun
with Work Your Magic
Belarus in the Eurovision Song Contest
2008
Succeeded by
Petr Elfimov
with Eyes That Never Lie

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Ruslan Alekhno official biography on Eurovision Song Contest site Retrieved January 25, 2010.
  2. ^ "Ruslan Alehno wins Eurofest 2008 tonight". Oiko Times. Archived from the original on February 10, 2010. Retrieved January 25, 2010. 
  3. ^ Р. Аляхно паедзе на “Эўрабачаньне-2008” [R. Alekhno to take part in Eurovision 2008] (in Russian). Radio Svoboda. January 22, 2008. Retrieved January 25, 2010. 
  4. ^ Руслан Алехно не пробился в финал “Евровидения. TUT.by (in Russian). May 28, 2008. Archived from the original on September 21, 2008. Retrieved January 25, 2010. 
  5. ^ Ruslan Alekhno live performance in the 2008 Eurovision Song Contest semi-finals on May 22, 2008 Retrieved January 25, 2010.[dead link]
  6. ^ Hasta la Vista official release (audio) Retrieved January 25, 2010.[dead link]
  7. ^ Esckaz.com: Interview with Ruslan Alekhno Retrieved January 25, 2010.
  8. ^ a b Руслан Алехно. Биография [Ruslan Alekhno. Biography] (in Russian). Retrieved January 25, 2010. 
  9. ^ Руслан Алехно споет песни Победы (in Russian). Retrieved May 9, 2013. 
  10. ^ У Руслана Алехно теперь есть и орден, и медаль (in Russian). Retrieved May 28, 2013. 
  11. ^ Руслан Алехно и Валерия подарили "Сердце из стекла" (in Russian). Retrieved March 13, 2014. 
  12. ^ Руслан Алехно выиграл телешоу «Один в один» (in Russian). Retrieved June 29, 2015. 
  13. ^ Певец Руслан Алехно разводится с Ириной Медведевой [Ruslan Alekhno is breaking-up with Irina Medvedeva]. Km.ru (in Russian). August 1, 2011. Retrieved March 7, 2013. 
  14. ^ Inna Fomina. Руслан Алехно: "Я так любил Иру, что не мог дышать" [Ruslan Alekhno: "I loved Ira so much that I couldn't breath"]. 7days.ru (in Russian). p. 1. 
  15. ^ "Mroja (Dream) by Ruslan Alehno" (in Belarusian). YouTube. December 13, 2006. Retrieved January 25, 2010. 

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