Thunder and lightning, it’s getting exciting! Earlier this month, Sergey Lazarev jetted out to Greece. While there, he celebrated his birthday and kickstarted the “naked back challenge”. However, Russia’s Eurovision 2019 singer wasn’t in the nip for the entire visit.

He also took part in the annual MadWalk 2019, a high-fashion TV extravaganza. He walked the red carpet and, of course, he couldn’t leave without showing off his entry for Tel Aviv — “Scream”. And the performance is now available for your viewing pleasure!

Sergey Lazarev “Scream” MadWalk 2019

Just before Sergey came out on stage there was an enigmatic showing from the Wolves Gymnastic Team, which then blended into Russia’s anthemic Eurovision track. Some members of the team stayed on stage to perform choreography for the number.

The dancers, mostly dressed as wolves, told a story of pack mentality. Together with Sergey, they lured a dancer in white to their side. Sergey’s acting skills were tested in this scenario, but he was well up for it — not surprising since he graduated from Moscow’s MKhAT Theatre School as a professional actor. The piece looked powerful and engaging. We can’t wait to see what he brings to Tel Aviv.

Eurovision blasts from the past

The starry crowd included a plethora of past Greek and Cypriot Eurovision stars. We spied Ivi Adamou (Cyrus 2012), Kalomira (Greece 2008), Eleni Foureira (Cyprus 2018), Sakis Rouvas (Greece 2004 and 2009) and Demy (Greece 2017). The “This Is Love” songstress wore, honestly, one of the most gloriously extra outfits we’ve ever seen.

We loved Sergey’s performance, and can’t wait to see his epic show in Tel Aviv. What are you hoping to see from the Russian delegation this year? Let us know in the comments below, and don’t forget to check us out on YouTube and Twitter.

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Loin dici
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Loin dici

I’m really worried. Does this hint they might have a interpretive dancers on the stage? If so… I’m really worried. Interpretive dancers are just not good.

Summer ESC
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Summer ESC

Yes he can sing but song is awful

Patrick
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Patrick

This was playback though!

oli
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oli

Unfortunately they can’t use so many dancers on stage in Tel Aviv, Lol. I don’t know why I am so bothered about Russia this year, this will be top 3 no matter what. I better start digesting it.

Héctor
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Héctor

Same here.

James
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James

Hah

okanial
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okanial

It almost feels like a song from Frozen 2. This has nothing common with Roko apart from both strong vocalist singing a ballad. Dream is old fashioned while this is a broadway song with story. Roko’s staging was him standing with wings on the stage and Sergei can bring an amaizing one we all know it. It is not my winner but it gets too much hate just because it is from Russia. If Sergei came up with Bohemian Rhapsody you would still criticize

123
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lol so a classical ballad by Sergey is called “brodway song with a story” and a classical ballad by Roko is “old fashioned”? Talk about double standards…both songs are very similar in style and even melodies. The only difference is that Sergey’s song has an expensive production while Roko’s is thin and sounds cheap at times. Also, Roko has better vocals.

Kohen
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Kohen

I am not a big fan of Sergey Lazarev, but I cannot object that he may take a higher position with this song. I can notice the high quality of the song, as the professional composers and songwriters were attracted to create such song. The same I can notice in the songs of Netherlands, Greece and Cyprus. These four titans make the contest interesting and memorable.

Jonas J
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Jonas J

The fact is the song has a beautiful bridge, but it takes forever to get going, and it doesn’t suit Sergey’s range in the opening verse which also is very, very poor musically. Sergey has a good voice – but so do an awful lot of others. He’s no stand out in that respect – but good and respectable. No more, no less. To me the song sounds like a failed attempt at a modern Christmas anthem!

James
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James

The most specific and unique thing in Sergey’s song is that you can listen to it after 5-10 years but not repeatedly every day if you are a fan of serious genre of music. No doubt, he will prove his strong vocal techniques on stage in Tel Aviv. Regarding the song, I think that almost everyone can notice the high quality of the song, no matter if he/she likes it or not. As for me, the huge titans of ESC 2019 are Netherlands, Russia, Greece and Cyprus. Switzerland and Italy are not stable as for the vocal part. Sweden is… Read more »

Ana
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Ana

He can scream wherever he wants, this song doesn’t get better.

Yssy
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Yssy

Okay haters are going to hate but I like Sergey’s dramatic new song. Makes it feel like I’m watching not only a song performance but a story unfolding. I have no idea why just saying that you like this song gives so much hate. It’s not like it’s automatically that’s person’s favourite. I just like it so downvote all you want. Love from France.

James
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James

What’s the point of have by an orchestra in the background if they’re clearly not even playing and this whole performance was obviously playback?

Kris
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Kris

This is clearly playback

tim
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tim

I like both Sergey and Roko. Roko is hated because of Jacques Houdek. It’s 2017 once again. Jacques already proved haters wrong. When will you stop? Meanwhile you love homophobe Carola. Who can understand this world? Nothing makes sense.

Kris
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Kris

No one hates Roko. Some hate the old sounding song . Some hate the wings.

Jack
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Jack

Oh the trolls of Jacques are back

Karl Fradgley
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Karl Fradgley

This is a funny one – I think he is doing the right thing not doing all promo tour stuff – he is a big star and maybe that is the spin they are taking this time around. I can’t see this winning regardless of how good his vocal could be. It a great song but it’s very old fashioned and not in a Portugal 2017 way.
I can see 3 or 4 songs out scoring this – Netherlands is going to be very hard to beat

Bigger
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Bigger

The countries that I see competing with the Netherlands are Italy, maybe Switzerland, but it might be lower at the end, we don’t know whether Switzerland will do the staging right this year, and maybe Greece? Greece also got a lot of positive support, I havent seen other performances other than the one in Eurovision in Concert. I really don’t know what to expect from Malta, they keep everything secret it seems. So maybe Malta too. I’m wondering what the repeating Cameleon part will sound like live, because in studio versions these type of repeating words sound perfectly produced. Hopefully… Read more »

Gav
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Gav

So it just needs a massive arena for the song to come alive!

I still love the acoustic version get posted a while back. Mix the two and we have a strong contender. Also Sergay has completely won me over with respect for him as an artist and his commitment to Eurovision this year.

Loin dici
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Loin dici

Th not-so-good news is, we don’t have a ‘massive’ arena this year. I’m worried that most of the dance-song acts would look cramped on the stage, either–might also affect Sergey and his staging. But rehearsals will start in app. 2-3 weeks, so we’ll wait.

Nicolas
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Nicolas

It’s 100% playback. What’s the point ?

Jannik
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Jannik

Organizers don’t want any problems during the show.

Otto
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Otto

Feels like being in a cheesy musical…not my thing.

Bigger
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Bigger

Lol I see the resemblance though, the dancers on the first picture and their costumes + make up look a little bit like the dancers from Cats the Musical

KarWorld
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KarWorld

I can only say…. wow… what a voice, what a performance. The video and song didn’t impress me much, but this is powerful

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madwalk is always playback!

KarWorld
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KarWorld

Really? What a disappointment then…

KYLLITO
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KYLLITO

Scream and Roko’s Dream have a lot of similarities as far as tone and drama goes. And Sergey and Roko are both pitch perfect. Not sure why Sergey’s song and performance are beloved but Roko’s isn’t.

Otto
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Otto

Agree, no idea why anyone would like Sergey’s song either 😉
It’s high with the bookies because of past performance of him and Russia in general.

Gav
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Gav

The song is unique. It’s different. What better place for something so dramatic then the Eurovision stage with its multi-levels of excitement for the performers.

KYLLITO
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KYLLITO

I happen to like both songs. Sergey can hit those high notes. Just listen to the live version of the song he sang with Dima Bilan two years ago….wow.

NickC
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NickC

Good point. I think the answer is experience and production. Sergey comes off expensive, Roko comes off overly theatrical.

Fatima
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Fatima

Good point. First I think Roko’s voice is a little stronger than Sergey’s. Second, we’ve heard Roko hit his big notes live, whereas I haven’t heard Sergey manage that yet. I wonder why he would mime on such an occasion as this. Third, I think Sergey is let down by the English lyrics (liars and dryers). They are not as good as him, and I think he’ll lose jury votes.

Bigger
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Bigger

Sergey can definitely sing very well. I didn’t even see that comparison with Roko, but now you’re saying it, it does make somewhat sense. At first listen Scream actually reminded me of I Stand from the Czech Republic 2016, which I liked, but it ended last. They have several elements in common, but I feel like if Scream was the entry for CZ for example instead of Russia, it would never be that high in the polls Looking at the other songs of Sergey, I think he could have much better songs. Not that Scream is bad, I like to… Read more »

Una
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Una

I personally like Croatia this year. It’s grown on me loads in the past 10 days or so and I am happy to see Roko at the Madrid preparty.
I like Russia too but I am not crazy about the song. Just very excited for the TV show element of jaw-dropping epic possibly legendary staging. This year Russia gets that crown for me (potentially of course).