Sergey Lazarev will represent Russia at this year’s Eurovision Song Contest in Tel Aviv with his song “Scream”. It is an emotional ballad crafted with a stage show in mind.
The Russian State Broadcaster internally selected Sergey in the hopes of scoring the country’s second Eurovision victory. Its first and only victory was back in 2008 when pop star Dima Bilan performed for the second time at the contest, after finishing as a runner-up two years prior.
As we count down to Israel, we’ve compiled 10 facts you need to know about Sergey Lazarev. Are you ready? Let’s do this!
1. He started his career as half of a pop duo
Together with Vlad Topalov, Sergey Lazarev formed part of the Russian pop duo SMASH. Established in 2000, the pair had originally worked together in the children’s group Neposedi, alongside Lena Katina and Yulia Volkova of t.A.T.u. fame. SMASH won the hearts of teenagers in Russia and Southeast Asia before splitting up in 2006.
2. He’s doing Eurovision for the second time
This will be Sergey’s second appearance at the contest. At Eurovision 2016 in Stockholm, he topped the televote with his hit song “You Are The Only One”, finishing third on the podium overall. This was an incredible feat considering the fact that 21 out of 41 expert music panels awarded him zero points.
3. But it’s not his second Eurovision attempt
In 2008, Sergey Lazarev participated in the Russian pre-selection for the Eurovision Song Contest. He came fourth with “Flyer”. Dima Bilan won the competition, represented Russia that year, and ended up winning Eurovision. Despite the result, Sergey has embraced the track and even had wings tattooed on his bicep to symbolise his flyer-status.
4. He is an award winning stage actor
In 2004, Sergey Lazarev graduated from Moscow’s MKhAT Theatre School as a professional actor. During his student years , he played Romeo in Pushkinski Theatre’s production of Romeo and Juliet which secured him a nomination for the highly coveted Seagull dramatic debut award for “Best Love Scene”. His main breakthrough came a year after graduation. A role in the Broadway-style musical comedy Lend Me A Tenor bagged him five professional theatre gongs, making the play the biggest stage success of the 2005 theatre season.
5. He was runner-up on Dancing On Ice
In 2006, Sergey Lazarev finished second in the Russian version of Dancing on Ice. Watch the video below to relive some of his finest skating moments.
6. He is a father
At the end of 2016, a Russian tabloid published photos of Sergey Lazarev and his mother taking his son Nikita to church. Since the pics went public, Sergey has shared many images of his son on Instagram. He also featured him in the music video for his recent single “Tak Krasivo” (So Beautiful). However, his love for his only son cuts even deeper. In February 2017, Sergey Lazarev tattooed Nikita’s initial on the left side of his neck (just below his ear) The following year, the N Tour which spanned 170 dates all over Russia, Belarus, Azerbaijan, Lithuania and Georgia was a celebration of his son Nikita, and his legacy as an entertainer. There are more dates planned for the tour in Austria, France, Germany, Israel and The USA.
7. He was born on April Fools’ Day
The star was born in Moscow on 1 April 1983 and named Sergey Vyacheslavovich Lazarev. However, given his record-breaking achievements, this heartthrob ain’t no fool. He has six successful albums under his belt and an impressive collection of silverware including Russian National Music Awards and MTV EMAs. His YouTube view count runs into several million!
8. He has over 3.5 million followers on Instagram
With nearly 7,000 posts, Sergey Lazarev keeps his Instagram fans busy with photos, video clips and livestreams. If you want to get in on the action, follow the blue-tick verified account @lazarevsergey. Trust us, he serves face and body…DAILY! There are plenty of fan accounts available too. They re-post and create several memes of this living Russian legend. On Twitter, Sergey keeps his 670 thousand followers entertained in both Russian and English. This man has a lot to say, and plenty to show.
9. He wanted to be a gymnast
Sergey Lazarev was set to be a gymnast back when he was a child. From 1988 until 1993, he participated in and won several local competitions. Shortly before taking to the international stage, he suffered a leg injury and was forced to quit the sport. Oh yes, our Sergey was close to bagging a gold medal on the pommel horse.
10. He’s an animal lover
Sergey’s rescue dogs Daisy and Lisa are a major part of his life. When at home, he takes them walking everyday. Throughout the years, Sergey has homed many dogs. He’s even gone so far as to set up a bespoke pet supplies store in Moscow. Want to treat your dog? Check out his store on www.pudel-shtrudel.ru.
We can’t wait to see Sergey Lazarev slay again on the Eurovision stage in May. We know he’s going to BRING IT!!! How do you think he will perform this year? Do you scream when you hear “Scream”? Let us know in the comments below.