Russia and Ukraine have both been powerhouses of Eurovision since the latter debuted in 2003. They have three wins between them and a plethora of Top 3 finishes. Until 2018, they both had perfect qualification records for the grand final. With all that in mind, we’re taking a look at new music released by some of the biggest stars of eastern Europe.
Sergey Lazarev — “Kholodny Noyabr”
Sergey Lazarev slows things down in his latest single “Kholodny Noyabr”. The song has a distinctly Russian feel as Sergey keeps things simple. There are no theatrics or stage effects here, allowing Sergey’s vocals to shine. Separate to this, the 2016 televote winner recently teamed up with singer Diana Arbenina for a duet called “Grustnye Lyudi“.
Polina Gagarina — “Melancholya”
Sergey Lazarev’s predecessor at Eurovision also has new music out. Polina Gagarina stormed to a second place finish in 2015 with “A Million Voices” and is serving up plenty of sass in her latest work. Despite the title, “Melancholya” is not an emotional ballad. Polina delivers plenty of attitude on this one and we can’t wait to see what she does next. A million voices, but only one Polina.
Ani Lorak — “Son”
From one Eurovision runner-up to another, Ani Lorak serves a powerful ballad in the form of “Son”. The song blends traditional music with more modern instrumentation, all held together by Ani’s gripping vocals. This “Shady Lady” is a woman of many talents and “Son” is a solid continuation of her musical development, a decade on from Eurovision 2008.
Dima Bilan — “Molniya”
From the Eurovision 2008 runner-up to the winner. Ukraine finished behind only Russia in Belgrade and Dima Bilan remains the only Russian to lift the Eurovision trophy. His latest track incorporates a wicked beat and saxophone and the title translates to “Lightning”. We won’t lie to you — thunder and lightning, it’s getting exciting!
Alyosha — “Dama”
Starting a music video with a handbag on fire is always an interesting touch. The “Sweet People” songstress delivers arsonist realness in her latest single. With plenty of attitude — and a fiery explosion — on show, all we have to say is let the fuego rage on.
Alex Sparrow — “Hello Angel”
Russia’s 2011 representative gives us the only English song on this list. The song is easy listening at its finest, as Alex Sparrow explores a loving father-daughter relationship. The music video is heartwarming and touching and a long way from a man singing “I’m gonna get you“.
Loboda — “Instadrama”
Put away the hamster wheels and shredded gladiators and bring on some “Instadrama”. Whether or not she has a highly dramatic music video to go along with her music releases, Loboda always gifts us plenty of drama. We would love to see a music video for “Instadrama” — hamster wheel social media drama, anyone?
What do you think of these songs? Who do you hope to see represent Russia and Ukraine in 2019? Let us know in the comments below. Could it be someone on this list?