He’s the Russian superstar and mastermind behind multiple Eurovision hits. And now it seems Philipp Kirkorov has once more reunited his so-called “Dream Team” of Eurovision hitmakers, ready for another adventure. But who are they working with this year?
The hitmaker uploaded a candid Instagram photo taken yesterday at One World Trade Center in New York. The photo didn’t just show Kirkorov standing in front of the stunning New York City skyline, but also features fellow “Dream Team” members songwriter Dimitris Kontopoulos and creative director Ilias Kokotos. The men are joined by Russian entertainment industry figures DJ Katya Guseva and Olga Alekseeva.
The photo caption declares that the “Dream Team” is starting their “May adventure”. While Kirkorov doesn’t specifically name Eurovision, it’s not hard to guess what the big adventure happening in May will be. To add fuel to the fire, Greek staging maestro and frequent “Dream Team” collaborator Fokas Evagelinos has liked the picture.
Both Kirkorov and Kontopoulos have a long history in the Eurovision scene, both together and separately. Multiple countries have had the honour of working with the team, including Ukraine’s Ani Lorak, Greece’s Sakis Rouvas and Russia’s Sergey Lazarev. Most recently Azerbaijan singer Aisel and Moldovan trio DoReDos worked their “Dream Team” magic in Lisbon.
Fokas Evagelinos, however, is known for combining the inspirational musical ideas of the team with iconic staging moments, such as Farid Mammadov’s glass box, the Tolmachevy Sisters’ giant seesaw and the screen extravaganza at the centre of Sergey Lazarev’s performance in Stockholm.
Ilias Kokotos has collaborated with the “Dream Team” before, and was the creative director for Russia in 2016. DJ Katya Guseva is known for her remix of DoReDos’s “My Lucky Day”, while Olga Alekseeva attended Eurovision 2018.
But what country are they working with?
While Kirkorov is known as the Russian Eurovision maestro, this does not necessarily mean that the “Dream Team” is going to write for Russia. The Eurovision power nation has not yet confirmed for Tel Aviv. But if they do, it is likely that broadcaster Russia-1 will send the Russian entry this year — the channel that Kirkorov has traditionally been affiliated with.
Kirkorov was also part of the jury in the New Wave festival earlier this month. His involvement with the contest last year led to Kirkorov becoming a fan of New Wave 2017 winners DoReDoS, and he produced their Eurovision 2018 entry “My Lucky Day”.
The question now is have any New Wave 2018 acts caught Kirkorov’s attention? Could it be the time for Daria Antonyuk to represent Russia at Eurovision? Maybe Emil Kadirov would be a good option for Azerbaijan’s vindication? Or maybe Ivaylo Filipov could inspire Kirkorov to write for Bulgaria, his country of birth?
Kirkorov might also want to collaborate again with the Russian rapper Egor Kreed. The pair recently performed together on the single “Mood Color Blue”. Could we see another Kirkorov and Kreed pairing, but this time on the Eurovision stage?
One thing is sure: with the “Dream Team” on board, we could have an amazing hit on the Tel Aviv stage in on May.
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