Alexander Panayotov is reported to be the Russian representative at the Eurovision Song Contest 2020 according to media reports.
Singer Alexander Panayotov is set to represent Russia in Rotterdam according to reports during the past day in the Russian media. News of Alexander’s reported participation was sparked by comments made by composer and producer Igor Krutoy, who stated that the singer had been chosen to represent Russia in May.
Since the initial comments by Igor Krutoy there has been contradicting information in the Russian media regarding Alexanders participation. According to Zvezda, the singer’s manager confirmed that Alexander will be representing Russia and that details regarding the matter will be released next week.
However RIA reports that the singers management have stated that they will not be commenting on the media reports. In addition Channel One who are determining the Russian representative for Rotterdam have not responded to any request for comment.
Channel One has internally selected its representative at the Eurovision Song Contest since 2013. Channel One has internally selected the following artists since 2013:
- 2013 – Dina Garipova – What If? – 5th – 174 points
- 2015 – Polina Gagarina – A Million Voices – 2nd – 491 points
- 2017 – Julia Samoylova – Flame is Burning – Withdrew
- 2018 – Julia Samoylova – I Won’t Break – 15th in Semi-Final – 65 points
Russia was represented by Sergey Lazarev for a second time at the 2019 contest. He performed the song “Scream” and finished third in the final with a total of 370 points, 6 points ahead of Switzerland.
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.