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!

Here we go again .. ? @fkirkorov @iliaskokotos #esc2016

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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!

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Sarah Boucher
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Greece came in 3rd in 2008, not 1st.

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ct greece

Greece doesn’t have the money to pay them right now, and I very much doubt that the current leftist administration is interested in sending a pop star like Rouvas or Kalomira anytime soon. Fokas has already given victory to Greece once and now they go where the money is. Good for them.

Robyn Gallagher
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Robyn Gallagher

Sarah: That doesn’t make sense. The Buranovskiye Babushki didn’t get booed and they came second. The Tolmachevy Sisters were booed and they only managed seventh place. The booing for Polina was largely omitted from the broadcast and she came second, receiving points from all but two countries.

Funnily enough, when Russia sends good songs that have broad appeal, they tend to get points – regardless of how rude the arena floor is.

fikri
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fikri

it will be released before the new year? yaaasss.

i’m really excited for this.

Sarah
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Sarah

People do know one of the main reasons people vote for Russia is because of the unfair booing their participants get. The more booing the more mass voting from individuals

@EugeneESCUK
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The big guns are in and they have blown the budget.

Do remember that despite the booing, the negative press/opinion and the non-vote, Russia still came 2nd overall, 2nd in the Televote and 3rd with the juries. Not bad when you are not liked? What would happen if they were liked? They have about 5 months to clean up their image.

The safe bet would be Each Way 1st 4 places……………….get on!!

Incidentally someone with the name Serghei Lazarev has been entered for Moldova this year, the spelling is slightly different though!!

davve
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davve

Russia will not win again anytime soon.. as they behave on a political and national level it is not likely.

Iberian
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Iberian

I just watched a vid of that Russian guy on youtube, and I particularly hated it. Sure, I dislike almost everything that comes from Russia, but that video, ??? ??? ???, is just rubbish. Couldn’t watch it until the end.

Azaad
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Azaad

There is no way that Russia will be able to host the 2017 contest given everything that is going on. The juries will vote Sergey down.

On the song itself, it looks like Russia is shying away from the peace ballads in favour of a dance track.

esc1234
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esc1234

Fokas evangelinos whas responsible for Greece 2004&2005 and 2009 also. Such a pity that ert havent approached him and he is gonna go again for russia

PP
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PP

Russia in TOP 5 but I don t think they have any chance to win at the conest in future .

Darren
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Darren

St. Petersburg 2017 seems like a highly likely scenario. Although with all that’s going on between Russia and Isis now, I think the world is supposed to like the Russians again.

The only thing I worry about is if Russia is ever hosting again, would countries boycott it? I hope not

Stem
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Stem

@KK Belarus in 2007 was 6th not 7th

KK
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KK

They are really a “dream team”. They always managed to have a top 7 place. I don’t think there is any other team that has managed something like that. 2004: Fokas Evangelinos was the stage director of Greece (3rd place) 2005: Fokas Evangelinos was the stage director of Greece (1st place) 2006: Kirkorov was the producer & Fokas Evangelinos the stage director of Russia (2nd place) 2007: Kirkorov was the composer,Kontopoulos the music producer and Fokas Evangelinos the stage director of Belarus (7th place) 2008: Kirkorov was the composer,Kontopoulos the music producer and Fokas Evangelinos the stage director of Ukraine… Read more »

PP
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PP

Dimitris Kontopoulos wrote songs for Greece 2009 (7 place), for Azerbaijan 2013 (2 place http://wiwibloggs.com/2013/05/20/lithuanian-press-did-azerbaijan-buy-votes-at-eurovision/27267/) and for Russia 2014 (7 place)
Kirkorov wrote songs for Belarus 2007 (6 place) for Ukraine 2008 (2 place) Russia 2014 ( 7 place)

euromaniac
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euromaniac

What are you writing? Christos Dantis wrote my Number One no Dimitris Kontopoulos!Be more careful.

Deven O'Kearney
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Deven O'Kearney

Totally. I think Russia is, once again, one to watch in May. 🙂 🙂

oooops
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oooops

I said this in your swiss poll, but I say this here too:
Why did you just put Kaceo in your old poll? I wanted to vote for Kaceo, but I have already voted when Stephanie Palazzo was in, could you please just re-publish your poll?