Marie Nordmark Sjöström will provide backing vocals for Russia in Tel Aviv alongside four previously announced singers.
It has been revealed that Marie Nordmark Sjöström has been added to the team of backing vocalists for Russia’s entry at the Eurovision Song Contest 2019. Marie is no stranger to the contest, having provided backing vocals for Azerbaijan in 2017 with Jennie Jahns, who will also join the Russian team this year. The pair have also performed at Melodifestivalen as backing vocalists for Owe Thornqvist.
The previously announced backing vocalists are Adam Svensson, Jennie Jahns, Eric Segerstedt and Simon Lingmert. Adam Svensson has previously been a backing singer at Melodifestivalen, as has Simon Lingmert. Eric Segerstedt has competed in Melodifestivalen once as part of EMD in 2009, and then in a duet with Tone Damli in 2013.
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.
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.