Sergey Lazarev will represent Russia once again at the upcoming Eurovision Song Contest.
Russian singer Sergey Lazarev has been confirmed as Russia’s next Eurovision entrant, following multiple rumours that he would return. The official announcement came today from broadcaster RTR, who will also air a program on Saturday evening called “Hello, Andrei! – Eurovision 2019” in which the reveal will be televised.
Sergey Lazarev represented Russia at the 2016 contest in Stockholm. With his song “You Are The Only One”, he placed 3rd in the final. Sergey is not the only artist to return to the contest for Russia, as Dima Bilan competed in both the 2006 and 2008 contests, placing 3rd and 1st respectively.
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.
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.