Alexander Panayotov has taken to Instagram to call reports of his Eurovision 2020 participation fake news.
Singer Alexander Panayotov has posted on Instagram today reacting to reports in the Russian media that he has been chosen to represent Russia at Eurovision 2020. He called reports of his participation ‘fake news’ adding that the Russian broadcaster Channel One is the only reliable source of information for the contest.
Guys. About Eurovision. Yesterday, some icteric ridiculous public post on Instagram made the idea that I would become the representative of Russia at Eurovision. Today, a huge number of media outlets circulated this fake news, trusting some unknown account that hi-tech on this newsletter, without official information
I, in turn, also do not own any information. I don’t know who, and most importantly, why this is done (although I guess). But if done on purpose, it is very cynical. Thank you all
Channel One has yet to publicly announce when it will reveal the Russian entrant and song for the Eurovision Song Contest 2020. 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.