Dmitry Guberniev has been confirmed as the Russian commentator for the Eurovision Song Contest 2019 in Tel Aviv, Israel.
Dmitry Guberniev returns to the commentary box for Russia, providing coverage of this years contest in Tel Aviv on Russia-1 and Russia HD. It is the first time since the 2016 contest in Stockholm, Sweden that the presenter who is better known for his coverage of sporting events, will be guiding Russian viewers through the Eurovision Song Contest.
Mr Guberniev proved to be a controversial commentator in 2016 when he explained the message of Ukraine’s entry “1944”. He stated that the song was “devoted to those who leave their homeland in search of a better life and the migration crisis in Europe”. When the song performed by Jamala was about the deportation of Crimean Tatars from Crimea during the USSR.
Dmitry Guberniev has provided commentary for RTR at the Eurovision Song Contest since the 2008 contest in Belgrade, Serbia. He has been traditionally joined by a co-commentator of either Olga Shelest (2008, 2010, 2012 and 2014) or Ernest Matskyavichys (2016).
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.