Yesterday the Wiwi Jury — our in-house panel of music unprofessionals — travelled to Russia and stopped by the Kuznechny market in St Petersburg. Amid the hot sausage, we discussed Sergey Lazarev‘s song “You Are The Only One”. Did it make us feel loved and unique? Read on to find out!
Sergey Lazarev with “You Are The Only One”
“You Are The Only One” reviews
Mike: This song is so Eurovision you would never believe it is this year’s Russian entry. It feels like Sergey and his team have been preparing since 2008 to bring Eurovision back to mother Russia. The song, the camera angles and the video clip all come together as one and are just perfect. I have to admit — and I am sure I am not the only one — I wanna be that girl who gets saved from the lonely iceberg in the sea by Sergey Lazarev.
Angus: Russia put a lot of rubles into this and money talks. The video is expensive, and the song a master-class in cheesy winning Euro-schlager. “You Are The Only One” truly does become exciting as soon as Sergey starts chanting, “thunder and lightning”, and Sergey’s charm as a performer helps you look past the Sakis Rouvas feeling from the song. This is in the same contemporary schlager realm as Alcazar and that will be key to Russia landing the win this year.
William: Cheesy, dated and over-the-top — this is one of the standout tracks of 2016. It melds an old-school schlager sound with more contemporary production, creating a heady mix that is catchy and memorable. The pumping beat is the perfect platform for a thrusting Sergey, who will no doubt work his gym-honed body to great effect in Stockholm. He has great timing and knows when to push and massage our various buttons before exploding in a classic Eurovision bridge. It feels very early ’00s, but a bit of nostalgia never hurt anyone.
Robyn: I had very high expectations for this song, which weren’t quite met, but this is still one of the strongest songs of 2016 and will surely give Russia another top-five finish, at least. I love the 2000s schlager style, but that feature is also the song’s weakest point. Even if Russia delivers some mindblowing staging (which will happen), they’re still sending a dated sounding song that feels more like a Eurovision entry than a heartfelt pop moment.
Bernardo: Thunder and lightning, it’s getting exciting. Yes, it is! Cheesy Europop appealing to every corner of Europe? I’m down for it. Sergey is a brilliant performer and this a strong and competent entry. It’s going to come with a three minute BAM performance in Stockholm and everyone is going to be hooked to their screens, voting for Mr Lazarev. Well done.
Bogdan: Sergey is the polar opposite of Frans. The infectiously catchy entry — combined with what undoubtedly will be a dazzling and expensive show, just like the video — is a shiny display of smoke and mirrors aiming to disguise an otherwise formulaic song. I’m afraid that both the viewers and the juries will be blinded by the lights and by the sexy singer, and will forget more meaningful entries in favour of this perfect schlager. I’m glad, however, that Russia has scraped off its pacifist facade and has embraced its camp side! Slay queen, etc.
Deban: Sergey Lazarev unveils his latest club banger with a killer video featuring Miss Russia. “You’re The Only One” packs in high production values and reads “expensive”. It’s got enough pace to give me life on the dancefloor, and enough eye-candy to juice me up for the weeks ahead. Best of all, this Russian entry ditches the peace and love message, opting to satisfy its libido instead.
Padraig: Send a star to Eurovision and you get star quality in return. It’s really that simple. Sergey’s been banging out pop belters for years, and “You Are The Only One” is no exception. This is music at its manufactured finest and I’m completely on board. Slickly produced, the track works Sergey’s natural charm and charisma to full advantage. When he sings “thunder and lightning, it’s getting exciting”, the electricity is palpable. Also, major kudos to Sergey for sticking with what he does best. The pressure of representing Mother Russia hasn’t dulled his flamboyant styling in the slightest. Bravo!
Zakaria: “You Are The Only One” is the total opposite of what I usually listen to BUT this is Eurovision and this is exactly what I’m waiting to hear on a show of that scale. The song has a lot of early-mid ’00s elements in it, plenty of energy and cheesy lyrics. It can’t be more Eurovision . No doubt Sergey has the ability to nail it vocally and pull out a very elaborate and expensive stage presentation. All in all, it’s definitely not my personal favourite but I believe this is the strongest contender we have this year. Russia 2017? Yes, please!
Denise: Yes, yes, yes! I was more excited about the release of this song than about the Dutch song — shame on me — and Sergey didn’t disappoint at all. The video clip is amazing and this shows that they put a lot of effort in this entry and that the staging will blow us away. Sergey is a great entertainer who will make everyone vote for him. A second place last year? First place this year.
Mikhail: This song has everything in it. The energy is storming around it in a fury. It builds up really nicely and creates some superhero atmosphere. I can easily see that as a Superman theme, where Sergey breaks the ozone layer and accelerates into the space, where he battles the intergalactic invaders. The song captures your attention immediately with those mystical bells and after that it makes your head go round (in a good way). Also, I can finally say that it has something Russian in it and I love it.
In the Wiwi Jury we have 40 jurors but only have room for 12 reviews. The remaining 28 scores are below.
William C: 8/10
The highest and lowest scores are dropped prior to calculating the average score. This is to remove outliers and reduce potential bias. We have removed a low of 3 and a high of 10.