Thunder and lightning, it’s now officially exciting. In February Sergey Lazarev’s Eurovision return was finally confirmed after months of speculation. And now, with the release of his Eurovision music video, it’s time to “Scream”.
The song is backed by the Eurovision “Dream Team” of Philipp Kirkorov, Dimitris Kontopoulos and Alex Panayi. In an Instagram post ahead of the song reveal, Sergey also credited songwriter Sharon Vaughn (“Waterline” and “Release Me”) and Russian sound engineer Andrew Weed Konoplev.
The lyrics plays on the intensity of tears — which can burn and leave us out of breath. Tears may run clear, but Sergey knows they carry with them the regrets, fear and pain we all inevitably experience. As he sings: “Maybe they can’t be heard or seen, but tears aren’t quiet things, they scream, they scream.”
At one point Sergey sounds as if he’s trying to maintain composure as he waits for someone to avert their eyes: “Though my throat is on fire, my eyes will be liars, and they’ll try to stay drier until you turn away.”
“Scream” — Sergey Lazarev
The director of his music video, Konstantin Cherepkov, promises something ambitious and with a defined narrative.
Speaking to wiwibloggs, he explained the complex story behind the music video.
“The story of the video clip was inspired by the fears we all carry from childhood, and which as we grow up become ‘screams’,” he says.
“The young boy symbolises our hero Sergey, while the island symbolises the end point of a journey we should all take in order to overcome our fears. The strong melody, the powerful lyrics and the amazing performance of Sergey inspired me to create this unique dark video clip with a strong message to everyone.”
Sergey Lazarev at Eurovision 2016
Eurovision fans will undoubtedly remember Sergey’s iconic performance in 2016. “You Are the Only One” won the first semi-final and placed third in the grand final. Complete with some of the most elaborate staging in Eurovision history, the performance was a big favourite going into the contest. Naturally, that has fans excited to see what the Russian delegation will bring to the stage in Tel Aviv.
Russia are clearly not messing around. Following their first ever non-qualification in 2018, they are rolling in the big guns. Sergey won the televote in 2016 and will be looking for even greater levels of success this year. The last time Russia brought a returning artist to Eurovision also marked their only win to date — that was back in 2008 with Dima Bilan’s “Believe“.
What do you think of Sergey’s song? Will he top his result from 2016? Can Russia claim their second Eurovision victory? Let us know in the comments below.