The Russian news agency TASS reports that Sergey Lazarev is the preferred choice of VGTRK to represent Russia at Eurovision 2019.
According to sources at VGTRK, Sergey Lazarev is the artist that the broadcaster wants to see represent Russia on stage at the Eurovision Song Contest 2019. Speaking to TASS, the source states;
Sergey Lazarev is the main contender for participation in Eurovision from Russia, but the TV channel VGTRK considers other candidates.
Russian media has reported this week that Sergey Lazarev has been selected to represent Russia at Eurovision for a second time. 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.
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.
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.