Sergey Lazarev has taken to social media to confirm that he is being considered to represent Russia at the Eurovision Song Contest 2019.
Russia’s 2016 participant Sergey Lazarev has taken to Instagram to comment on media reports that he has been selected to represent Russia at Eurovision 2019. The singer confirmed that he is among the singers that is being considered by VGTRK to represent Russia in Israel, but that a decision had not yet been taken.
In a post on Instagram he commented;
In anticipation of the announcement of the Russian representative at the Eurovision 2019, my candidacy haunts some people and “someone” throws in various provocations and puff pieces to media, there is some kind of rubbish comes from all over trying to tarnish my name!!!”, wrote artist in a social network post.
It is not yet clear yet who is going (to Israel)! I am only one of the candidates!!
Russian media has reported in mid-January that Sergey Lazarev had been selected to represent Russia at Eurovision for a second time. Sergey Lazarev according to reports will 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 Russian news agency TASS reported also reported Sergey Lazarev was according to VGTRK officials the main contender to represent Russia in Israel. But that other singers were being considered for the competition in May.
Source: Instagram / Translation: 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.