Earlier this week he made it clear that he wants to perform naked on the Eurovision stage accompanied by live wolves.
And today rehearsal footage published on LifeNews.ru suggested that IVAN — Belarus’ Eurovision 2016 singer — is deadly serious about showing some skin and sharing the stage with the furry beasts.
The video shows a totally naked IVAN kneeling on the ground — with his manhood digitally blurred — as he howls into the eyes of a wolf, accompanied by his Eurovision track “Help You Fly”.
IVAN’s nude encounter is interspersed with footage of him clothed and working with the animals, who, on at least two occasions, seem to nip at his hands and arms.
We’re hoping that they don’t mistake his chorizo for dinner and, just in case they do, we’re also hoping he has good medical coverage.
Belarus: Ivan naked with wolves
There are several reasons to think this is an elaborate publicity stunt.
First, Eurovision is marketed as a family show and the rules expressly forbid full-on nudity. IVAN will not be allowed to rock out with his cock out. As an alternative, he should consider slipping into a nude cat-suit like Britney did in her “Toxic” video.
Second, the rules also expressly forbid the use of live animals.
While Ivan can unleash his inner wolf and howl his three minutes away, he’ll have to use digital wolves or call on dancers to interpret wolves in his stage performance. FACT.
This reality isn’t stopping his producer Viktor Drobysh from sounding off and pretending that this will actually happen in Stockholm.
“On the stage there will be at least one wolf…maybe three, but it is dangerous,” he told LifeNews. “We still have to get approval from the Swedes. But there is an accurate understanding in the room: there are bound to be wolves, and he is sure to be naked.”
It’s much more likely that the above footage is simply for his music video.
But IVAN’s hype machine appears to be having some sort of effect.
Since we first reported on his intentions on March 21, Britain’s Daily Star, Mirror, Independent and Metro have all jumped on the news, and the bookies have moved IVAN from 40th favourite to win to 35th.
Our readers are unmoved. After we posted a grab of the video on our Instagram account, they responded with a mix of horror and disgust. @eurovision_spain writes: “Omfg omfg omfg…I was having dinner but I am not hungry anymore.”