Sergey Lazarev has picked out Cyprus and the Netherlands as having strong entries competing in the Eurovision Song Contest 2019.
Sergey Lazarev appeared on Dutch television last night, as the singer made his first international TV appearance ahead of Eurovision 2019. The singer spoke about what it means to be one of the favourites:
It is too early to predict who can take the win. With the stage presentations, which will only become clear in May, everything can change in the ranking. So I don’t want to delve into the bookmakers’ stands.
But I understand that the expectations are high, because I already participated three years ago and then the televoting won. That became a memorable performance that is still widely watched on YouTube. It felt like winning then even though I ended up third. With my participation this year I also want to thank all voting TV viewers.
Sergey went on to pick out Cyprus and the Netherlands for having strong songs competing in this years contest:
I have only heard a few songs. But Cyprus has a great catchy song … And the Dutch song is really very good. Duncan is a very good singer. I hope he makes something beautiful out of it. I haven’t met your singer yet. But that will certainly happen in Tel Aviv.
He went on to add:
The most important thing, though, is that we should enjoy the two weeks that we are in Israel. There I will meet all participants and see many of the rehearsals. Until then I don’t really get into the competition. For the moment I am focusing on my own presentation.
Who is Sergey Lazarev?
Russian singer Sergey Lazarev has been singing and acting since he was ten years old, and had received his first award in music by fourteen. He represented Russia at the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest in Stockholm, Sweden, with his song “You Are The Only One”. He placed third in the grand final, and will return to the contest this year in Tel Aviv.
Source: De Telegraaf
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.