Since Sergey Lazarev revealed that he would be coming back to represent Russia at Eurovision 2019, his entry has been one of the most anticipated of the season. Now the “You Are the Only One” singer has confirmed he will release his tune for Tel Aviv tomorrow, Saturday 9 March at 17:00 CET.
He shared this news this morning with a post on Instagram, including information about the song release date and giving shout-outs to the talented team behind the entry.
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??The time has come: Saturday 9 March at 17.00 CET we will release the Eurovision entry for Russia. I really hope you will all LOVE the song as much as I did from the first time I listened to it. This is a new journey for me and I am so excited for it. Thank you @fkirkorov not only for your contribution to the song, but most of all for being always there for me like a brother. True friendship exists in show business and you are the best example of this. Thank you @dimitriskontopoulos for this powerful melody, the great production and all of the hours of work you have spent for this song. @Sharon_Vaughn your words gave meaning to the melody. It’s an honor working with you and singing your lyrics. @moscow_symphony_orchestra your contribution gave a different meaning to the song. I am so glad that we managed to bring live orchestra back to eurovision, even in this way. @the_andrew_weed you are the best sound engineer I have ever worked with. @alxpanayi thank you for your patience, you are a true professional. Finally the biggest thanks goes to everyone in channel “Russia” for trusting me, for the second time, to represent our country. I promise you all to do my best in order to honor your decision. “Tears aren’t quiet things …” #sergeylazarev #????????????? #eurovision2019 #Russia photo by @dvelichko ????
In the post, Sergey wrote, “I really hope you will all LOVE the song as much as I did from the first time I listened to it. This is a new journey for me and I am so excited for it.”
This suggests Sergey’s song for Tel Aviv will be in a different style from what he is known for, perhaps far removed from the uptempo pop of 2016 hit “You Are the Only One”.
Sergey gives thanks to the team who have worked on his entry. As to be expected, Russian Eurovision maestro Philipp Kirkorov is top of the list, praised for not just his contribution to the song, but for his friendship.
Fellow “dream team” regular Dimitris Kontopoulos is credited for contributing the song’s melody and production work. New to the team is Sweden-based American songwriter Sharon Vaughn. She previously made it to Eurovision in 2012, with Jedward’s “Waterline”.
The Moscow Symphony Orchestra also get a mention. Sergey shows he’s a fan of old-school Eurovision, writing “I am so glad that we managed to bring live orchestras back to Eurovision” — even though it will be a pre-recorded sound we hear in Tel Aviv. Back in January, Dimitris Kontopoulos posted a pic to Instagram showing the Moscow Symphony Orchestra, which may very well have been the Eurovision recording.
Sergey also acknowledges the Russian sound engineer Andrew Weed Konoplev, “dream team” regular Alex Payani and gives thanks to the Russia-1 broadcaster for giving him another chance.
Finally — and most intriguingly — Sergey appears to share a song lyric. The post ends with “Tears aren’t quiet things…” which suggests it won’t be a subdued number. Combined with a symphony orchestra, this hints at a big, dramatic ballad, screaming with emotion.
With another “dream team” behind the entry, could 2019 be the year that Russia scores its second ever Eurovision win? Russia is currently top of the betting odds, but faces stiff competition from the Dutch singer Duncan Laurence’s newly released song “Arcade”, and whatever song Sweden choses in the grand final of Melodifestivalen tomorrow evening.
But four hours before the Mello grand final, fans will finally be able to judge for themselves. Sergey’s song drops at 17:00 CET on Saturday.
What do you think? What kind of song will Sergey end up taking to Eurovision? Can Russia earn a win in Tel Aviv? Share your thoughts below!