Each year the hype behind Russia’s Eurovision candidate gets bigger and bigger.

And in the run-up to the forthcoming artist announcement, the rumour mill has spit out countless names from Eurovision veterans to reality show stars. They include Manizha, Filipp Kirkorov, Egor Kreed, Alexandr Panayotov, Elena Temnikova (she of Serebro fame), Olga Buzova and, of course, Eurovision 2016 singer Sergey Lazarev.

All the promised deadlines have passed, leaving us without any confirmed news. But now all of the gossip coming out of Moscow seems to revolve around Sergey. The 2016 runner-up is widely considered the most probable artist to represent Russia this May. And tonight fans are glowing with happiness over one of his latest Instagram posts, in which Sergey mentions Eurovision 2019.

So here’s what happened. A radio listener wrote to Radio Romashka and requested that it block a Lazarev song, as his or her boss was singing the words as a parody, and totally changing the meaning to something slightly vulgar. The boss basically changed the word “Whispers” to an inappropriate three-letter word for bum.

Sergey re-posted the Radio Romashka post, writing that “people are going crazy! Or, just before the announcement of Russia’s representative for Eurovision 2019, my candidacy bugs them….”

His statement isn’t confirmation that he will sing for Russia. However, in the comments section of that post it becomes clear that he’s at least being considered. One follower asked why Sergey would go for revenge. The “You Are The Only One” singer avoided any official confirmation by saying that “it is still unknown who will go [to Eurovision]. I am just one of the candidates!”

But the story continues. These are two screenshots of Russia 1’s programming schedule for this Saturday, February 9th. The top pic was published by the network, but then quickly deleted and replaced with the second. Do you see any changes?

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?? Is the cat out of the bag? Today Russia 1 published its upcoming TV schedule…and they seem to have dropped a rather big piece of information. ____ ?? The February 9 at 17:30 time slot was filled by a show called “Privet, Andrey! Sergey Lazarev – Eurovision 2019”. Shortly afterwards it was changed to just “Privet, Andrey! Eurovision 2019”. _____ ?? In the interim VK users shared grabs of the schedule online. We have consulted with people close to Russia 1 and can confirm the images are NOT fake. Our source tells us a mistake was made, but did not elaborate on what that mistake was. So it could very much be #sergeylazarev at #ESC. _____ Do you take this as accidental confirmation that Sergey Lazarev will song at #Eurovision in 2019? Or are you still waiting for it to be official? #eurovisionsongcontest #eurovision2019

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Yes — the first one includes Sergey’s name in the 17:30 time slot.

Both images include the title of the show — Andrey Malakhov’s weekly programme “Privet, Andrey”. But the deleted schedule also included “Sergey Lazarev – Eurovision 2019” as the topic for the programme. It’s either accidental confirmation or a very elaborate decoy.

Of course, fans on VK noticed what happened and soon the programme listing was changed simply to “Privet Andrey, Eurovision 2019”, without any references to the artist. We’ve confirmed that the screengrabs floating around are, in fact, real. But there’s not been an official response from Sergey or Russia 1 just yet.

No matter. We will all find out the truth once and for all this Saturday at 17:30 Moscow time.

And what are your thoughts? Would you be excited to see the Russian star at Eurovision again?

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David F
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David F

Even the official ESC email sent out today contains Sergey lyrics.

“With just 100 days to the Grand Final in Tel Aviv we say: Thunder and lightning, it’s getting exciting!”

Do they know more as well? Or just a little light trolling? 🙂

Pinault Lucas
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Pinault Lucas

Join our eurovision comunity : https://chat.whatsapp.com/GZsu3geWcLXDv9uyjNy8Kq on whatsapp !?

love u
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love u

so much bile in the comment secession when it comes to him. always. pathetic

Polegend Godgarina
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meh….. with all the talent they have in russia i’d be disappointed if they sent him again, he ain’t even one of the best singers out there

VlaD
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VlaD

He is

David F
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David F

Oh no he’s not
Oh yes he is
🙂

mara j
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mara j

oh no really?? who’s the best Russian singer then??

A random russian guy
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A random russian guy

If we are speaking about male singers here are some random options (youtube)

/watch?v=CvTz2gSxqj4
/watch?v=jqyJ4xW2gb0
/watch?v=HNHbQXnTWbw
/watch?v=WujKJpxaUHk
/watch?v=sl_pxCAcJz4
/watch?v=nidQCt_HEsY
/watch?v=LOHDnKI1U8A
/watch?v=705H5NfWZSs
/watch?v=jFQhiSj7yR0

Max
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Max

So we could have Serhat and Sergey from Eurovision 2016

David F
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David F

Is it too late to bring back Dami as well 😀

2016 is such a vintage year for me.

Joe
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Sir Hot and Sir Gay.

florinho
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florinho

i am so sick of this sergey lazarev wanna be .. every single day we nned to hear about him

José
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José

Let’s see what kind of cliche pop song or a ballad he will bring this time. Zero creativity, Russia!

A random russian guy
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A random russian guy

Have you heard the song? We will judge what kind of song it is after we listen to the song 🙂

Julia
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Julia

For me it’s a big mistake he is coming back.
His song in 2016 was for months in iTunes Charts, a massive hit in radio in Eastern Europe (which is 30% of the countries that are voting) before the contest, it topped all polls (Ogae,Infe etc) , was for nonths first in all betting offices.
And then the staging came which was AWESOME.
I don’t think he will be able to do something better than that.

Polegend Godgarina
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with all the talent in russia to choose from, i’m disappointed they picked him again…. i get it that he wants his revenge bc he won the popular vote, but yeah russia has other and better singers they could send

Adriana
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Adriana

I think he should of waited 5 years,and then return ,but what do i know.Anyway loved his song from 2016 ,i listen to it even now.Good luck and hope he retunrs with even better song than the one from 2016.

esc stan
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esc stan

Oh god please no, all attention will go to him and Russia if he gets picked. All other countries will be in the shadow…
PLEASE DON’T PICK HIM!

Toinousse
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Toinousse

don’t worry it’s just a eurofan craze anyway

123
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123

or you can switch to a Eurovision site that is objective and actually covers every country equally….which is every site except this

Purple Mask
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Purple Mask

“In the shaaa-doww”…
Oops, sorry.

David F
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David F

I thought of that song too 😉

It’s still in my 2019 playlist

zxc
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zxc

Since when he became a runner-up in 2016? Did Australia disqualified?

David F
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David F

Runner up can refer to second and third place. Like in Olympics commentary, the Silver and Bronze medalists can be called the “runners up”.

The inconsistency is confusing I agree. It’s like how the ground floor in some buildings can be called anything from “Ground Floor”, “Floor 0”, to “Floor 1”.

SafeAssumptions
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SafeAssumptions

Is there any reason why there’s a lot of Sergey hate over here. I don’t really understand it…

Fatima
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Fatima

Maybe you should read comments more properly, nobody here hates Sergey, if anything its only about his generic song he sang in 2016

Petersu
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Petersu

Oh no…Another cheesy song in the making and people will hype it like crazy.

eurovision6
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eurovision6

Hope he has a less generic song this time…

coca_cola
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coca_cola

What is wrong with generic songs? In 2018 two generic songs where first and second.

Gurl
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Gurl

I wonder what kind of music these people listen when they always compaining about ”generic”, lol

eurovision6
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eurovision6

Music with actual lyrics rather than “Unforgettable, so unbelievable”

eurovision6
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eurovision6

I do not like last years winner but it was not even close to as generic as “thunder and lightning its getting exciting”

Darren
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Darren

I’d welcome Sergey Lazarev back to Eurovision anytime. He came across as quite likeable in interviews and in the aftermath of losing to Ukraine, he wished Jamala well, when tensions between the two countries where at fever pitch.
He’s also a great performer.
He’s also very easy on the eye, damn he’s beautiful.

Just please, come with a better song than last time. “You’re The Only One” was so bad, it was Sergey and the stunning performance that saved it.

Purple Mask
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Purple Mask

Meanwhile, here is the San Remo playlist. Enjoy:
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLb_Qew9Dujkjp0hpUgbuYvqvgnL-d07_m

MikolasFan
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MikolasFan

Thank you dear:)))

Bahog Bilal Hassani
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Bahog Bilal Hassani

Would setting up a national final instead ever cross their mind?

Jo.
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Jo.

Not a single post about Sanremo, so I’ll just leave my fave here anyway.
Nek is my #1. I also like Mahmood and Arisa. But I’ll wait for the studio versions to judge them properly.
Il Volo is ok.

MikolasFan
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MikolasFan

Agreed, so many ‘info’ about nothing and no words for Sanremo, which is currently happening,
i adore Nek since early 2000’s, he was one of my teenage crush:)
it would be fantastic if he would come to Eurovision, aww…

Joshua
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Joshua

For me:
1) Irama;
2) Einar;
3) Shade ft. Federica Carta

Nek was good too (he’s always good anyway) and Arisa had a nice uplifting song which I enjoyed, but not too much. The rest were just the typical Sanremo songs you listen to every year. I’m actually a bit disappointed by Il Volo, I would have thrown their song in the bin if it wasn’t for their outstanding voices.

Purple Mask
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Purple Mask

What a beautiful set of songs and performances from San Remo. And a lot of poetry! 🙂
I have about 10+ favourites from this, and I’m not joking. It’s stunning music, and art at its best.

Joe
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Joe

Meh

EmilyG
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EmilyG

He is still so BIG that people love to talk about him 3 years later. So many comments in just a few hours.

MikolasFan
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MikolasFan

Kirkorov probably wrote for him some trashy song already,lol
Sergey deserved much better than the song he sang in 2016, it was so plastic and mediocre….if he come back at least give him something decent to sing, but i feel he will flop hard this time …

VlaD
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VlaD

You are entitled to have your opinion but its annoying when you post it like being a fact.
He won the viewers vote and he had a massive hit with his song in 2016.

Kris P. Kreme
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Kris P. Kreme

I still prefer his She’s All That over YATOO.

Shanfa Chai
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Shanfa Chai

@VlaD : He won the televote in 2016 only because of the great staging, not because of his garbage cheesy song.

Katitam
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Katitam

It’s obvious that he will come back. He wasn’t my favourite that year, it was a good song and a memorable performance and that stuff but he wasn’t the best (hi, Poland, and Australia, and Armenia, and Bulgaria, and Ukraine too, but I don’t like Jamala since she was unrespectful with a musician that I love). I hope he brings a soulful song this time, and a staging that make justice to a really good song. He’s a good singer and he and his son are adorable.

Gorilla716
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Gorilla716

As much as I like Sergey, I think it’s a bit too early for him to return to Eurovision. Russia has a very big musical scene with plenty of talented artists who have never been to Eurovision and who certainly have a lot of potential to do well at Eurovision.

coca_cola
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coca_cola

He should have won in 2016: he had an amazing song ,great staging and he was perfect vocally.

David F
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David F

It’s ironic that Australia look like they might send their first potential winner again since Dami Im in the same year that Russia may be sending back Sergey Lazarev. Both Australia and Russia could have won the whole Contest in 2016 but were pipped by Ukraine. How will the dice roll this time round?

Gorilla716
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Gorilla716

Which song from Australia do you say is a potential winner? Personally I don’t see any Eurovision winners in the Australian NF (although some of them could do well nonetheless).

David F
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David F

Really? I think Electric Fields, Kate Miller-Heidke, and Sheppard all have a very good chance to win.

I also think Leea Nanos, if she Damis it up on stage, could be a Top 5.

If Courtney can pull it off, I think she would be Top 5.

All of the others I think could have a shot at Top 10. On Australia-related articles, there is a LOT of love for these entries. That strikes me as a good sign for the fan momentum behind Australia this year.

Jo.
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Jo.

I think Kate can go Top 10, with Electric Fields and Sheppard as qualifiers. The rest is flop IMO.

Polegend Godgarina
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kate miller-heidke’s song sounds like a surefire winner….. flawless vocals, not generic, dramatic, potential for the best staging

Thunder and lighting it is getting exciting
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I am really weird to see how juries will place him this year

Loin dici
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Loin dici

In other news, Shalva withdraws.

Lolek
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Lolek

I’d be down to see Sergey make a comeback. He was my favourite act of 2016.

Bobby
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Bobby

So what new we found out? I guess nothing…lol
Lazarev should stay classy and not coming back…he was very lucky ended up third with that average song …. but its up to him…

Thunder and lighting it is getting exciting
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Average song ? Lol every song nowadays is average

Loin dici
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Loin dici

Damn, those generalizations. Good thing people over here still have better tastes, not this.

VlaD
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VlaD

I am sure “RTR” will send Lazarev.No one in Russia cares the last two years,so they need a known artist to make people watch the contest. In 2016, Lazarev and Kirkorov where ever week in a different program of “RTR” so I assume something similar will happen this year.

An American ESC Fan
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An American ESC Fan

I’d still like to see Manizha compete for them, but I don’t mind if it’s Sergey either! Just don’t make it a total copy of “You Are the Only One” and I’ll be happy 🙂

Also, quick correction: Sergey was 3rd in 2016, not runner-up.

OrangeVorty
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OrangeVorty

It’s good to see an artist of quality return hungry for the crown but I’d be happy to see someone else as well: they know how to put an entry together in Russia and we’ve already seen Sergey at the contest. I think this is most probably fan hype but Russia must surely want to make up for last year so it wouldn’t surprise me this year of all years!

Ani
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this isnt just fan hype df

Polegend Godgarina
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artist? quality? where

EDM Fan
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EDM Fan

Sergey Lazarev will probably win like Dima Bilan did when coming back after almost winning 2006.

If Russia wins, I hope many will boycott because of the anti-gay purges in Chechnya.

Jo.
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Jo.

Have faith. Sakis Rouvas lost in 2009.

EDM Fan
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EDM Fan

What does Sakis Rouvas has to do with my comment?

Jo.
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Jo.

Almost won. Came back. Lost again. wow.

EDM Fan
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EDM Fan

Oh, didn’t know that. Started following Eurovision 2007.

Escfan
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Escfan

Sakis returned in 2009 after coming 3rd in 2004 and didn’t win (like Dima did)

Loin dici
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Loin dici

Let’s add Malta’s Chiara to that list, when she almost won in 2005 and lost big time in 2009.

Purple Mask
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Purple Mask

N.B. Chiara also almost won in 1998. (I just thought I would mention it.)

hellohi
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hellohi

“the only one” along with many of his songs is totally soulless !
His music is empty and shallow. He looks great and is a good performer but surely Russia has better

Oded
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Oded

I second that

hellohi
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hellohi

I have a feeling my comment will get many thumbs down cause I hit a nerve and its true.
without all the money spent on the stage production and without Sergey’s good looks Russia’s 2016 entry would have crashed.
Eurovision should be about song writing and genuine artists not silly stage effects just for the sake of it

“thunder and lighting, it’s getting exciting”
just a sample of the many terrible lyrics in his music

Bobby
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Bobby

Preach!

Polegend Godgarina
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you described 2010s russian pop music in general with that lol

Jo.
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Jo.

Overhyping what everbody already knows.

Purple Mask
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Purple Mask

Serhat probably “didn’t know”. 😛