At school, Alyosha sang in a choir and studied at musical studio Yunist. Upon graduating high school, the young singer came to Kyiv to study vocals at the Kyiv National University of Culture and Art. She won an international singing contest in Yalta in 2006, got the grand prize at Pesnya Morya (Song of the Sea) in 2008 and finally signed a contract with Catapult Music the following year. In 2010, Alyosha would represent Ukraine in Eurovision and took 10th place in the finals. Right after the contest the pop starlet released her album A World Outside Your Door. Now let’s put the charges to the defendant.
The Charge: Some say your parents paid for you to go to Eurovision.
The Plea: I’ve heard this too. It was amusing and offensive at the same time. A lot was said about my father, as a DAI inspector, taking bribes to buy me a ticket to Eurovision. But unfortunately, or fortunately, we are just a normal family that earns every kopek through hard work. We’re not rich, but we have enough. None of us knows what it means to get something for free. If you work you get results. We can lose money but we can’t lose our love for each other.
The Charge: Your Eurovision story was marred by scandal, when it was alleged your song To Be Free was stolen. Did you steal the song? And what do you say to allegations you didn’t write the lyrics to Sweet People.
The Plea: Let people think whatever they want. One can easily learn the history of both songs on the web. I’m so sick and tired talking about it. I wrote lyrics to Sweet People myself in one night. After that a professional translator proofed it. The song was then created together with my team – Vadym Lysytsya, Borys Kukoba and Volodymyr Pysmenniy.
The Charge: So it was your producer Vadym Lysytsya who brought you into show business. Some say that you ended your working relationship with him because of an affair with singer Vlad Darwin.
The Plea: I entered show business with Vadym Lysytsya holding my hand. I didn’t have an affair with Vlad Darwin… well, only in the songs that we sing together… nothing more.
The Charge: But you can’t deny the fact that you got pregnant from Taras Topolya from Antytila band. There are rumours that right after you marry him you’ll quit singing.
The Plea: I’m not going to quit singing! Family is not an obstacle to further career development. Moreover, I’m even more inspired now!
The Charge: People say you’re not a real blonde!
The Plea: I dyed my hair three times in my life. The first time was an unsuccessful experiment when I asked for a milky coffee colour and instead got grey and a rusty red. I had to re-dye to my natural colour two weeks later. Before Eurovision, I just made the colour a little lighter. And that’s it! I’m a natural blond!
The Charge: Some journalists noted changes in your appearance and claimed that you have had plastic surgery. Others think that you might be a transvestite.
The Plea: Oh, God no! That’s hilarious! If I ever decide to have plastic surgery it will be after I hit my 50s! Some people also tell others that I’m a professional fencer. It’s all not true! Gossips stay gossips because they take something that might not be true and spread it anyway.
The Charge: Journalists say that you usually overreact when hear something bad about yourself.
The Plea: Not really. You can’t fight with gossip. If you try, you feed the fire – they will write even worse things. On one hand it hurts, on the other – let them write whatever they want. There are a lot of smart people who can tell a lie from the truth. And there will always be weak people who try to drag you. Everyone has a right to co-exist!