With a song called “Scream” you might think the staging would be sad.

But instead, at Russia’s first rehearsal at Eurovision 2019 Sergey Lazarev offered up a full spectrum of emotion.

That’s because the staging utilises reversible mirror-LEDs to reflect each different aspect and emotion of his personality.

In an exclusive quote, stage director Fokas Evangelinos says:

“Each mirror represents a different point of view of ourselves. When we are in the process of making a difficult decision — frightening ones that can make us ‘scream’. In the beginning we only see one option. But as we move forward we see different alternatives. In order to reach our goal and leave the past behind we have to ‘break through’.”

Echoing past Russian performances, Sergey wears white, reflecting his neutrality and allowing viewers at home to project emotion onto him.

This has rain, this has darkness, this has radiating energy waves of light.

In short, after a year absence from the Grand Final, Russia are back on course for it and they are in it to win it.

Sergey Lazarev — “Scream”: Reviews and Reactions

Russia: First rehearsal at Eurovision 2019

Russia: First press conference 2019

Read all of our Eurovision rehearsal reviews

88 Comments
Newest
Oldest Most Voted
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments
David Gatti
David Gatti
1 year ago

I am actually shocked that Russia is even in the top 10 bookies odds.

Eyal
Eyal
1 year ago

Soulless robot.

poe-tay-toe-chips
poe-tay-toe-chips
1 year ago

On one hand, it looks really cool. Like, I have to admit that. I can’t lie.

On the other, …it also feels like he’s relying on staging gimmicks to save/elevate a kind of so-so song for the 2nd time in a row…

Richard
Richard
1 year ago

This looks really interesting and gives me winner vibes. Russia are set to really contest for the prize.

IVANOV
IVANOV
1 year ago

Moscow 2020 is closer and closer. It’s getting exciting 🙂

Mystique Pizza
Mystique Pizza
1 year ago

That is one shady lady.

Katerina
Katerina
1 year ago

I am not crazy about the song but I do not get the hating either. He is a good vocalist, he seems pretty down to earth, the song is ok, the staging looks polished. I doubt it will win but some people are acting as if it is the worst song they have ever heard of.

Sabrina
Sabrina
1 year ago

In many ways, the staging mirrors (sorry, I had to do it!) the song. It shares the same ambition and polishment, but also reinforces my impression that there’s a lot of drama going on, but not a good explanation for that (I still blame the lyrics). The ending of the song is very explosive, so if the staging happens to mirror also it… I think many people will like it, but in the end something with more soul and raw emotions on its core will be the winner.

Jonas
Jonas
1 year ago
Reply to  Sabrina

I don’t think “polishment” is a word… 🙂 I only say this because you have posted in the past that your comments here help you with your English, so please don’t misunderstand me! Polish or polishing would be better…I think.

Jonas
Jonas
1 year ago
Reply to  Sabrina

P.S. I agree with your assessment.

Sabrina
Sabrina
1 year ago
Reply to  Jonas

Thank you Jonas, I really appreciate the tip! 🙂 Thinking back, it makes sense. After all, people buy nail polish, not nail polishment. I’ll keep that in mind from now on.

MikolasFan
MikolasFan
1 year ago

It looks not bad at all, and i love Sergey, charming and polite artist, but the song is not strong enough to win,
but top 10 is a good result anyway, so good luck!

Héctor
Héctor
1 year ago

Typical: let’s bring a killer staging to wrap up our rather bland and average song. Top 3 because viewers won’t differentiate a good song from a bad song whit all that stuff and dramatism around. Everything Sergey makes sound so pretentious and dated… “I’m the only one” sounded prety cheesy and dated too.

ESC 2019
1 year ago

This is 3 min of svream.

oli
oli
1 year ago

When I hear someone still saying Russia can be a winner… “delusional, convince yourself”

Sheldon
Sheldon
1 year ago

“Thunder and lightning, it’s getting exciting” describe the current situation best. We’ll see.

Whisker
Whisker
1 year ago

I didn’t definitely not expect this. I don’t like it at all. I am still waiting for an epic staging. Apparently Azerbaijan is doing well.

ESCJudge
ESCJudge
1 year ago

Kirkorov brought back a piece of his Ani Lorak’s wardrobe from 2008 😉
And Sergey took Bilan’s white 😀

See?

Good that they stick with their own-russian ideas and don’t steal other countries patents this time.

Davve
Davve
1 year ago

Disappointing!!!

Savvas
Savvas
1 year ago

It’s funny how he’s dressed like Sakis Rouvas in 2009. Hope he does better!

Milla
Milla
1 year ago

Too much and too many Sergeys in my opinion based on this short clip.

Loin dici
1 year ago

I don’t know… not that I would stage it better, this will have its own effective charm. Yet, with a lot of Sergeys in the stage, there are less focus of interaction, not as strong as what they did on 2016 — that focus of interaction is what lifts up YATOO to its best potential, Sergey interacts indirectly with the audience and they paid attention to his actions. And it seems like they’re taking what usually works for Russia or other performance in the Eurovision: Dima’s white clothing and Ani Lorak’s/Koldun’s sort of wall. As a whole package, it can… Read more »

Sabrina
Sabrina
1 year ago
Reply to  Loin dici

That’s a good point. It may be complicated to connect with the performer when there are a bunch of other versions of him fighting for your attention.

Eric
Eric
1 year ago

When your song is so and so, you hide it behind a spectacular stage act

I say
I say
1 year ago

Russia can decorate the stage whatever they want that song isn’t gonna win, it’s soulless song for sergey hey this is me sergey I scream. Boring borring borring

Colin
Colin
1 year ago

Wow, I really love this! Staging seems very amazing and dramatic, just like this song needs!

Rimig
Rimig
1 year ago

Russia is falling in the odds. Looks like the rehearsal did not impress much. Malta, on the contrary, is rising

Colin
Colin
1 year ago
Reply to  Rimig

Russia is still third in the odds, just like it was yesterday. Malta is still sixth in the odds, just like it was yesterday.
EDIT: Is someone really downvoting the FACT I gave? Grow up and visit the official betting odds page!

Joshua
Joshua
1 year ago

I honestly don’t know what to think about this. In this case 40 seconds aren’t enough to develop an opinion about it.

Una
Una
1 year ago

Meh. My most expected stage performance this year. Colour me disappointed second day in a row.
Some of the staging reminds me of Azerbaijan 2013 I think. Farid with Hold Me. The male dancer in the box mirroring Farid.
And those recorded images of Sergey – they remind me in a really weird way of an animation of evolution. The colours are too cold.
I am not even motivated for the second rehearsal. My expectations were very high.

Yssy
Yssy
1 year ago

Start the hate haters but this performances looks promising. Good luck Russia from France. Albania and Malta also look promising but I feel they are hiding something for the semi 2 show.

Solo
Solo
1 year ago

The song is boring, the show is not interesting.

Briekimchi
Briekimchi
1 year ago

Looks amazing based on the rehearsal clip. Sergey’s not going away here. It’s going to take a good entry to beat him!

Andreas
Andreas
1 year ago
Reply to  Briekimchi

yeah, and there are loads more better entries than this…

Denis
Denis
1 year ago
Reply to  Briekimchi

Yes,and there are better entries than this competing. With better staging too! This is more top 10 than top 5 staging.
However, like I said if he managed to get 3rd then this should do just as well. If he wins it will be due to fanbase and the fact fact that he didn’t win last time. Nothing else

Alex Snyder
Alex Snyder
1 year ago

Everytime Philpp Kirkorov is involved with the staging there’s a giant wall (Belarus 2007, Ukraine 2008, Russia 2016, Moldova 2018 and again Russia).

Lisa
Lisa
1 year ago
Reply to  Alex Snyder

Boring

Davit
Davit
1 year ago
Reply to  Alex Snyder

Signature

Denis
Denis
1 year ago

But doesn’t red mean it’s going up? Green is going down. That is what it says on the site.
Im just asking because I have no clue how polls work. Does going up mean it’s good or bad?

Kkar
Kkar
1 year ago

If the song was good I would be excited for the staging. Now that song is bad it just makes me kind of mad that this might win just for the staging instead of a good song

Davit
Davit
1 year ago
Reply to  Kkar

Just because you don’t like it, it is not bad. Let the audience and jury decide who wins without taking into account your opinion about music quality.

Kkar
Kkar
1 year ago
Reply to  Davit

The audience says it’s bad. It’s a popular opinion. It will be unfair if the juries vote for it just for the staging

Serena00
Serena00
1 year ago
Reply to  Davit

But we all are a part of audience. And our votes are taking into account

uzhas
uzhas
1 year ago

Odds are based on what people put their bets most often

Ezal
Ezal
1 year ago

I have feeling that we didn’t see the whole thing yet to make predictions, but this looks promising. In any case, Sergey’s charisma, experience and strong stage presence are big advantage here. Vocally sounds good too. Much better than 2016 entry.

IVANOV
IVANOV
1 year ago

WINNER :)))))))))))))))

Andy
Andy
1 year ago

I am not a great fan and probably expected more staging wise purely cause the song is made to be staged. Having said that, I don’t know what else they could have done differently as maybe less is more. What I can’t comprehend is how this is 2nd in the bets but that’s another story.

Davidinho
Davidinho
1 year ago
Reply to  Andy

This is 2nd in the bets because 2nd’s tend to win (look at 2017 and 2018)

Bernard 77
Bernard 77
1 year ago

Disney meets Sovjet Kitsch overload. No. Njet. Non. Nein. Nee.

Anita
Anita
1 year ago
Reply to  Bernard 77

Have you seen the performance?

Davit
Davit
1 year ago
Reply to  Anita

Obviousely not. And even if he has seen it, he would’ve write the same comment whatever the staging is 🙂

Anita
Anita
1 year ago

I love the explanation of Fokas Evangelinos you quoted. I am really curious if I will feel what he says when I see it.

Matija
Matija
1 year ago

Sorry, but not impressed, I excepted more.

GiavK
GiavK
1 year ago

Sorry but this performance is loosely based on a 1998 videoclip of Anna vissi’s song “Mou anikis” which Fokas had directed…The similarities between these two are profound…the rehearsal seemed good but maybe Fokas has ran out of ideas…

Chris
Chris
1 year ago
Reply to  GiavK

Yeah because in that clip there are many mirrors which…. wait a minute!
There are no mirrors in that clip…. No similarities at al…

GiavK
GiavK
1 year ago
Reply to  Chris

If you watch the video there are mirrors there are reflections of Anna….I don’t say it’s exactly the same but he was clearly inspired by his previous work

Davit
Davit
1 year ago
Reply to  GiavK

Who cares about similarities. You either like it or don’t like it. We are not going to find out what Duncan’s standing on the stage is similar to. We either like it or don’t like it 🙂

Gurl
Gurl
1 year ago

Uff this is too much for me, too much screaming, too many Sergeys, too much drama. Thank you, next

Andreas
Andreas
1 year ago

I like Sergey, he seems to be a nice guy. The song though… I thought that it was written having a great staging in mind. Which is not a good thing, you should always rely on a good song and then focus on the staging. In this case the staging is not great either. It will definitely be top 5 as he’s got a lot of support bur I don’t think they’re in it to win it

Denis
Denis
1 year ago

If he ended up 3rd in 2016 with that overproduced song and staging, then this should do just as well, if not better. It’s better than 2016 but not that good!

EV26
EV26
1 year ago

I bet they weren’t happy when the saw Malta’s performance, with similar staging .. ouch!

Roger Rabbit
Roger Rabbit
1 year ago

Top 10 .but not winner

Rogesc
Rogesc
1 year ago

They’ve tried to fix a mediocre song with expensive staging but they failed, there is NO emotion

Russ
Russ
1 year ago

Personal opinion. I like the song but it’s not a potential winner. All the hype revolves around Sergey. If the singer was someone else, this would be very low in the odds.

Davit
Davit
1 year ago
Reply to  Russ

Who cares about betting odds 🙂 Netta-2, Salvador-2, Jamala-4

Zuzu
Zuzu
1 year ago

White colored clothing somehow has always worked for Russia.

Purple Mask
Purple Mask
1 year ago

Keeping us guessing until the last possible moment, as usual. 😉
That doesn’t mean I don’t believe in the description – I do, but until we actually see it, it’s just background notes.

Purple Mask
Purple Mask
1 year ago
Reply to  Purple Mask

Okay so there is more going on here than at first meets the eye, so it appears. I have to admit that I was perhaps too stupid to see it on first viewing, which might not be a good sign. But Sergey is such a good live singer that it might not matter.

Whisker
Whisker
1 year ago
Reply to  Purple Mask

You are not stupid. You kick ass.

Ana
Ana
1 year ago

People expected sonething out of this world, because the song itself is not a winning song. So yeah, those LEDs covered in morror glass (UK 2017) are not enough to make this a winner

Alex
Alex
1 year ago

I really want Duncan or Mahmood winning. But Sergey is great and I’d prefer him winning rather than have pop generic song as a winner tbh

Kkar
Kkar
1 year ago
Reply to  Alex

Both Arcade and Soldi are great songs, you sure that the generic mediocre drama queen song is not Scream?

Solo
Solo
1 year ago
Reply to  Alex

I want Kate to win, Australia is the best.