Sergey Lazarev, who will once again represent Russia in Eurovision this year, has revealed more details about his return to the contest.
Yesterday, it was confirmed that Russian singer Sergey Lazarev was returning to Eurovision, following weeks of speculation. He previously represented his country in 2016, when he finished in third place with You Are The Only One in Stockholm.
ESCKAZ have now published a report from the recording of the show “Hello, Andrei!” where Lazarev’s participation will offically be revealed. The show will be aired tomorrow at 17:30 local time on Russia 1 and is set to feature performances by Sergey and appearances by Eurovision 2009 winner Alexander Rybak and the Tolmachevy sisters who represented Russia in 2014. French representative for Tel Aviv, Bilal Hassani will also feature via video link.
According to the report, Sergey gave lots of new information about his plans for the 2019 contest. He said he will try to do his very best to get the highest place in the contest but that the “burden of responsibility is very serious.” Sergey also mentioned that there will be comparisons with his 2016 performance and his team wants to make it “as different as possible” this time. This means a completely different song and a completely different side of Sergey Lazarev.
It has been reported that Sergey will once again be signing a song composed by Filip Kirkorov, as well as Dimitris Kontopolous and produced by Ilian Kokotos. Fokas Evangelinos is also reported to be returning as the staging director for the contest.
The song that Sergey will be performing in Tel Aviv will be “a power-ballad, something grand and epic,” that has been recorded with a full symphony orcherstra.
Kirkorov, a former Russian Eurovision participant and producer of several Eurovision entries, also spoke on the show:
Sergey is the only artist today who can revive Russia’s lost interest in the Eurovision Song Contest – over the past two years the interest in the country has simply died…an artist such as Sergey who is brilliantly fluent in English, a terrific vocalist, Europe known him after 2016 – only he can revive interest in our country.
He went on to mention that Sergey originally had doubts about returning to the contest but decided positively when he heard the song. Sergey is not the only artist to return to the contest from Russia. Dima Bilan placed second in 2006 in Athens, only to return and win the 2008 contest in Belgrade with his song Believe.
Russia in the Eurovision Song Contest
Russia debuted in Eurovision 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 in 2008. Dima Bilan won the contest in Belgrade, Serbia with the song “Believe” taking the contest to Moscow in the following year. In 2015 and 2016, Russia finished in 2nd and 3rd place respectively in the final.