He’s among a handful of artists who has managed to achieve two Top 3 finishes at the Eurovision Song Contest. And in both instances Russia’s Sergey Lazarev achieved that singing in English.
Now, less than a month after the grand final of Eurovision 2019, Sergey has premiered the Russian-language version of “Scream”.
He did so on June 12 as part of the celebration of Russia Day celebrations in Red Square. The day commemorates the dissolution of the Soviet Union and the declaration of state sovereignty of the Russian Federation.
Sergey marked the occasion on his Instagram. Here’s what he wrote in English.
“Scream” – the long-awaited premiere of the Russian version on the Day of Russia on Red Square !! I want to express a special thanks to the author of the Russian text Lara D’Elia @lara_delia for our many years of tandem! You, as always, could feel the whole meaning, the intensity and emotions of the English text, transfer it to Russian, reinforcing and conveying my thoughts and feelings … it is so difficult, but we succeeded again, judging by the reviews! Again, thanks for the strongest melody of Dimitris Kontopolos @dimitriskontopoulos and Philip Kirkorov @fkirkorov!
The official studio version on all digital platforms will be released very soon! In the meantime, watch the full performance from the Day of Russia, on my channel on Youtube.
Sergey’s pleased with the Russian version, which leads to an obvious question: Do you prefer “Scream” in Russian or in English? Let us know by voting in our poll below.
After that let us know in the comments section which version you prefer and why. And do you think that the Russian-language version would have done better? Given how juries seemed to mark down native language songs (Spain, Albania, etc…) it doesn’t seem like it would have helped.