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Russia: Sergey Lazarev To Perform “Power Ballad” in Tel Aviv?

MK reports that Sergey Lazarev is set to represent Russia for a second time at the Eurovision Song Contest with a power ballad.

According to MK the Dream Team is set to return to the Eurovision Song Contest represented by Sergey Lazarev. Sergey Lazarev reportedly to sing a song composed by Philip Kirkorov, as well as Dimitris Kontopulus and produced by Ilias Kokotos. Fokas Evangelinos is also reported to be returning as the staging director for the contest.

The song that Sergey is reported to be performing on stage in Tel Aviv that will be a “power-ballad, something grand and epic”, that has been recorded with a full symphony orchestra.

The singer who represented Russia in 2016 according to the Russian media has been selected by VGTRK, something that the broadcaster has refused to confirm. In a statement to escKaz, a source at the broadcaster said that they ‘Do not confirm’ that the singer has been selected.

VGTRK stated over the past weekend that they will announce their participant in Eurovision 2019 at the end of January. RIA Novosti also reported that the Russian broadcaster does not have a shortlist of artists that they are approaching to represent Russia in Tel Aviv, Israel.

Russia finished 15th in the second semi-final of Eurovision 2018 scoring 65 points from the public and juries. The country finished 17th in the jury vote with 14 points and 11th with the public on 51 points. Julia Samoylova who represented Russia at the Eurovision Song Contest 2018 revealed after the contest that she had considered withdrawing from the competition in the run up to the show in Lisbon.

Source: MK, escKaz

Russia in the Eurovision Song Contest Russia debuted in the Eurovision Song Contest in 1994 and has gone on to be one of the most successful countries in the contest. Since the mid-00s Russia has had a string of strong results including their first and only victory to date in 2008. Dima Bilan won the contest in Belgrade, Serbia with the song “Believe” taking the contest to Moscow the following year. In the 2015 and 2016, Russia finished in 2nd and 3rd place respectively in the final.

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