They’re the Eurovision power player who suffered a shock non-qualification in Lisbon. Now Russia is reportedly looking to make a big comeback. Eurovision 2016 televote winner Sergey Lazarev is said to be under consideration as Russia’s act for Tel Aviv.
Russian newspaper Komsomolskaya Pravda reports that the Russian act for Eurovision 2019 will be announced on 1 February. The act will reportedly be announced on Andrey Malakhov‘s show on Russia One.
However, while Sergey Lazarev is rumoured to be under consideration, the newspaper reports that Russia act for Tel Aviv has not yet been decided. Other candidates are also said to be in the running.
Sergey Lazarev at the Eurovision Song Contest
One of Russia’s leading performers, Sergey Lazarev represented Russia at Eurovision 2016. His song “You Are the Only One” established itself as a fan favourite and was also a favourite to win the overall competition.
However in Stockholm, while Russia topped the televote with 361 points, the juries of Europe were less enthusiastic. Russia placed fifth in the jury vote with 130 points. Overall, it resulted in a third-place finish, behind Ukraine and Australia.
Since then, many fans have called for Sergey to make a Eurovision comeback. Some cite the case of Sergey’s colleague Dima Bilan who placed second at 2006 Eurovision, then came back two years later and gave Russia its first (and to date only) Eurovision victory.
Are the “Dream Team” involved?
Back in September, the so-called “Dream Team” revealed that they were working on a new project. The “Dream Team” is a creative collective including Russian Eurovision maestro Philipp Kirkorov, Greek songwriter Dimitris Kontopoulos, and Greek choreographer Fokas Evagelinos.
While the “Dream Team” was behind Sergey Lazarev’s Eurovision 2016 entry, it’s not clear if they will again be teaming up with him.
In December, members of the “Dream Team” were reported to have met with Russian singer Aleksandr Panayotov, who had previously made clear his wish to represent his country at Eurovision.
There’s also the possibility that the “Dream Team” will be working with an act from another country, as they did with Modova’s DoReDos in 2018, or potentially multiple countries at once.
But at this stage, it’s all speculation. We’ll know more when the announcement is made in two weeks time on 1 February.
What do you think? Should Russia send Sergey Lazarev to Eurovision 2019? Or should someone else get a turn? Let us know in the comments section below!
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