Will Sergey Lazarev be booed?

After weeks of speculation, Sergey Lazarev has finally confirmed that he will represent Russia at Eurovision 2016 in Stockholm!

Lazarev has been a favourite of the rumour mill for years and he was our pick for Russia in a recent wiwibloggs Wednesday Wishlist. Only two weeks ago we reported that Russian producer Philip Kirkorov had been dropping very strong hints regarding Sergey Lazarev and Eurovision.

Tonight at the Russian National Music Awards, where Lazarev was awarded Singer of the Year, his Eurovision selection was also announced. Lazarev later confirmed on both his official Instagram account and YouTube channel that he will be singing for Mother Russia.

Who is Sergey Lazarev?

Sergey is among the biggest male pop stars in Russia. Having released songs in both Russian and English, he has warmed the hearts of millions of fans across Russia (and also made them sweat with his sizzling photo sets). Originally a member of duo Smash!!, he pursued a solo career after the group broke up in 2006. Sergey competed in Russia’s National Final back in 2008 with the song “Flyer“, managing fourth place. He is also a dancer, placing second in Russia’s version of Dancing on Ice in 2006.

Sergey Lazarev – “Take It Off”

Are you excited for Sergey? Could Sergey secure a second victory for Russia? Let us know in the comments below. One thing is for certain, ENTMM has got a clear winner!

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oxyk
oxyk
4 years ago

I want to ask the author, why he uses term “Mother Russia”? Russia got its roots and name from Ukrainian land and old name. Before Russian Federation has been created Ukraine had a name Rus with capital in Kyiv. Are you trying to tell that Lazarev will sing for Ukraine? because Mother of Russia is Ukraine

Charles
Charles
5 years ago

@MTD: Speaking out my truth does not mean or even require being snobbish .. but clearly, by your answer, it means that I do get on a lot of people’s nervers who will do anything to see this Russian kid go all “look at me you queens, this is the music style you all want, don’t ya?” just because they want to have fun at Eurovision. If people are tired of ballads, I can understand .. but not being tired of beats and grooves and meaningless songs based on dance routines and half naked performance with a strong sexual innuendo… Read more »

Azaad
Azaad
5 years ago

The contest is getting male saturated. Granted, Eurovision should be a bastion of gender equality (even if men have the upper hand in society in general) but the facts just state that Eurovision is a women’s game. Sending male acts just because of the male successes of 2015 (with 4 of the top 5 being men) will make those who send female acts stronger. Already Armenia and Macedonia have an advantage in that regard thus, with Bosnia and Herzegovina benefitting being split women to men at 2:1. If we remember another male saturated year, 2010, it was won by a… Read more »

Ern
Ern
5 years ago

I hope he wins.

I’m sick of people constantly booing Russia. That is so rude.

mawnck
mawnck
5 years ago

There sure are a lot of soothsayers in here. Let’s hear the song first. Killer songs don’t grow on Russian trees either. (I’m not sure about the Swedish ones.)

MTD
MTD
5 years ago

@Charles, I am always reading your comments with great enthusiasm…to the point of asking myself whether there’s happiness in your life? I mean, c’mon, this show is for the masses, it’s not something for a tinny tiny concert hall built in a baroque style where only snobs can take seat. You do sound snobish sometimes. Even though I can agree with some of the points mentioned.

Charles
Charles
5 years ago

Two things: a) This is not going to excite the juries mainly because it’s just another bs rubbish commercial generic pop dance crap as millions already done … but in Eurovision this is not big deal … whereas a power ballad also done a millions time already is such a big deal of boredom and anti-hyperactivity… double standard as old as post-1997 time … b) Just another excuse to tell the whole world “Yes Eurovision is super gay” when the purpose it not to reduce it to the gay world much less to reinforce such cliche and stereotype to the… Read more »

??
??
5 years ago

He might indeed do a Sakis Rouvas, some shirtless gay dancing and heavily depending on backing vocals, covering up his poor vocal skills…..

Ronnie
Ronnie
5 years ago

I am sooo going to Stockholm this year. It’s going to be a really amazing edition. So far the artists chosen internally are all promising (Russia, Armenia, Montenegro, Cyprus etc…)

ct greece
ct greece
5 years ago

Another very “gay-friendly” choise there from Russia, for the second year in a row after Polina. Perhaps they can pull a Sakis Rouvas if they’re lucky (Sergey also likes to perform shirtless an awful lot) but the songs I’ve heard so far remind me more of Eric Saade or Alexey Vorobyov. So not that promising for me so far.

Also his dance moves are great and so are his abs but do we know if he can sing live? In the live videos I found on YouTube there is a lot of lip-synching going on so I can’t really tell.

cheesecake
cheesecake
5 years ago

Sounds promising!

EF0912
EF0912
5 years ago

It’s clear this year is going to be more male than female a la 2010 but I’m alright with that. Sergey is a great choice for Russia and could potentially secure a victory. Not that it matters but interestingly, the last time Russia sent a male singer he came 15th (or something like that – that was the only time I thought Russia was actually underrated)

(anonymous)
(anonymous)
5 years ago

Shout it out if you really think Sergey Lazarev is actually Dima Bilan’s twin, according to their faces. 😮

klaps
klaps
5 years ago

another fake straight man. sergey is a GAY!

No Name
No Name
5 years ago

Sooooo happy!!! I’m sure his song will be fantastic! Can’t wait to hear it 😀

PP
PP
5 years ago

For me 3 best song from Russia at Eurovision are
1. 1994
2. 1997
3. 2009

And all 3 are sang in russian language, song from 2009 had and ukraine language.

@EugeneESCUK
5 years ago

Oh yes Russia want to win every year, unfortunately current public perception of current events, (although improving,) is preventing them winning. In another year Polina may have won? And as Denis says no doubt Swedish songwriters will be involved yet again.

Oh yes, they really want to win and as Robyn says “I like it when a country gets very serious about winning.” We want every country to bring credible artists and credible songs to ESC, don’t we?

Darren
Darren
5 years ago

Excellent choice for Russia, he’s a good looking guy and he can sing and dance and he is relatively famous. I just hope Russia go to Stockholm with an up-tempo pop song and not a dull ballad about world peace.

Anyways, as this is Russia, I am sure we now know 1 of the Top 5 placings in the ESC final next year.

Mr. Abbott
Mr. Abbott
5 years ago

I love this! But I doubt that he can overcome Polina Gagarina.

MTD
MTD
5 years ago

Happy for this! 🙂

And I hope that EBU will “allow” Russia to win if it has a chance. If not, they are obvious losers! Last time Russia was in Sweden, managed to get 5th pace, and in 2000, 2nd place.

So, if the gay drama audience boos again, I have nothing to say about it but to pity them.

Sarah
Sarah
5 years ago

If russia wanted to win again they would! They just want to do well in my opinion russia could win 3x in a row. I dont think that they really care about winning just about doing well

Ola
Ola
5 years ago

Russia really wanna win Eurovision again. Good of them to take it that seriously year after year, despite all jerks booing in the arena.
A good song and we are heading for Moscow 2017, that´s for sure!

Jesper
Jesper
5 years ago

Can’t wait to hear Putin’s new world peace composition

AG
AG
5 years ago

Russia obviously takes care about Eurovision and doesn’t give a f… about all negative comments coming from certain people year after year.

I just hope some self proclaimed Eurovision fans will behave nicely in Stockholm. Booing is ridiculous and it is opposite to what the Eurovision is all about.

PP
PP
5 years ago

jr esc nl

No chance, with 50 % votes from juries .

Huh
Huh
5 years ago

He is even better than Mans

DenizNL
DenizNL
5 years ago

I think they will place in top 3 in my list now.
I do think that we are going to get more males than females this year.

jr esc nl
jr esc nl
5 years ago

If he has a killer song russia will definitely win this year.

jr esc nl
jr esc nl
5 years ago

Omg!

LULU
5 years ago

Excellent news . like quite a few people said ,been waiting a few years for him to sing for Russia,Now let’s hope they give him a good song. I’m sure he will perform well , A shame it weren’t GET IT OFF , that would have been a great song, So Russia in top 5 again ,

Hugh
Hugh
5 years ago

I’m guessing he’s already a megastar throughout the CIS? Hi Sochi 2017. He’s goooood.

…Although I have a good feeling about the Australian entry.

Sarah
Sarah
5 years ago

A bit camp for russia but he’s gorgeous!

Mar
Mar
5 years ago

Yassss I love him, specially his russian language songs. Russia is definitely in it to win it.

Miguel Romero
Miguel Romero
5 years ago

I hope they send a song like 7 ????

Erin
Erin
5 years ago

…and we have a winner. I don’t need to hear his song to know that Russia is bringing all the big guns to get the mission accomplished (no reference to Syria and ISIL there…)

Héctor
Héctor
5 years ago

Nice. And just for being Russia, he will be in Top 5, if not winning…

Ronnie
Ronnie
5 years ago

Knowing Sergey, he will definitely go for an uptempo song. He is definitely long overdue to represent Russia, but glad he will finally represent Russia.

Mr Georpey
Mr Georpey
5 years ago

FOUR YEARS waiting for him since I knew him when I started to learn Russian. Sooooooooooooooo happy with this!! ?????????? ??????!!

Denis
Denis
5 years ago

A male Russian performer? It’s been a while. They usually have up-tempo songs too. And knowing Russia’s penchants for Swedish writers combined with their awesome stage performance this could be yet another Russian top 5 entry.

Bronson
Bronson
5 years ago

I have a feeling I’m really going to like Russia’s entry this year. Take It Off and 7 Wonders were great songs.

Stephen Colville
Stephen Colville
5 years ago

As long as Russia don’t win, I don’t care.

Robyn Gallagher
Admin
5 years ago

I like it when a country gets very serious about winning. If Sergey gets a good song (and why wouldn’t he?), competition is going to be enjoyably tough in Stockholm.

esc1234
esc1234
5 years ago

The Greek team who dont manage anymore greek entries but russian (2008,2014) and azerbaijan (2013) will send him straight to top 10….

Sparrow
Sparrow
5 years ago

I don’t know, I dont have as much confidence as I did when Polina was announced. I knew she. Was going to have a killer song.
But time will tell..

Dar
Dar
5 years ago

soo sexy ..
russia is in it to win as usual..

Thiefo
5 years ago

I’m happy with this,hopefully Russia won’t send another ballad next year!