Yesterday we learned that fan favorite Sergey Lazarev has been chosen to represent Russia in Stockholm next May. Today we learned more about the dream team responsible for his entry for Eurovision. No doubt about it, Russia is in it to win it!
Producer Philipp Kirkorov has assembled a dream team to work on the song, including songwriter Dimitris Kontopoulos and choreographer Fokas Evangelinos. Kirkorov said that Lazarev was hesitant to enter the contest but changed his mind as soon as he heard the song.
A Russian version of Sergey Lazarev’s song will be released before the new year, while a team of Swedish, Greek and Russian songwriters are working on the three-minute version that will go to Stockholm with English lyrics.
In a recent interview, Kirkorov revealed that he was collaborating with Greek songwriter Dimitris Kontopoulos. Both men have a deep connection with the contest, having created many successful Eurovision entries together like 2008’s second-placed “Shady Lady” by Ani Lorak or Russia’s 2014 entry “Shine” by the Tolmachevy sisters.
The stage presentation will be handed to Fokas Evangelinos, the man responsible for such renowned Eurovision choreography as Dima Bilan’s 2006 entry with the piano woman and Farid Mammadov’s amazing stage presentation in 2013.
Philipp Kirkorov seems confident with Russia’s 2016 entry, but are you? Do you think Sergey can bring mother Russia its second victory? Let us know in the comment section below!