Russian entry’s song is officially released and “It’s getting exciting”! Sergey Lazarev will represent Russia with his song “Scream” in Tel Aviv this May, and he seems to be this year’s black horse! “Scream” is a powerful ballad, but totally different to what we’re used to listen from Lazarev and Kontopoulos. It’s a cinematic, demanding and stirring song which shows singer’s high vocal skills.
The composition of 2016 “Dream Team” hasn’t dramatically changed, but we could say that it’s been updated. The triumvirate of Fillipp Kirkorov, Dimitris Kontopoulos and Fokas Evangelinos accompanied by Alex Panayi, as a vocal coach, and Ilias Kokotos, as a project manager, is constantly working in order to get the best result possible. The lyrics are written by Mary Sharon Vaug, who has already cooperated with some of the most popular Eurovision stars. But the most admiring of all is the contribution of Moscow Symphony Orchestra during the recording! Let’s see whether this “Scream” can be heard till the highest place of the podium!
Sergey Lazarev was born on April 1, 1983 in Moscow. Since 2005 he has solo career, before that he sang in the group “Smash!!”. In 2016, he took the3rd place at the Eurovision Song Contest. So far, he has released 8 albums. In February 2019, it became known that Sergey will again represent Russia at Eurovision in May in Tel Aviv.
Russia in the Eurovision Song Contest
Russia has participated in the Eurovision Song Contest 21 times since their debut in 1994. Russia won the 2008 contest with Dima Bilan performing the song “Believe”. It is considered to be one of the most successful countries in the contest in the 21st century with a total of nine top five placements, (four times at 2nd place: Alsou in 2000, Dima Bilan in 2006, Buranovskiye Babushki in 2012 and Polina Gagarina in 2015; three times at 3rd place: t.A.T.u. in 2003, Serebro in 2007 and Sergey Lazarev in 2016, and once at 5th place: Dina Garipova in 2013.) In 2018, it failed to qualify for the final for the first time in its history.
text: Christy Sipsa