How many ways can you describe a “Goddess”? If you’re Sergey Lazarev then there is definitely no limit.
In his latest single, the Russian pop star describes the woman of his dreams in manifold ways, elevating her from mere mortal to someone who probably eats ambrosia.
“Worthy, sincere, patient and radiant, crucial, versatile, wonderful and wild,” he sings. “Geometric shape of love, other-worldly teacher, female, fearless creature.”
But there’s more. As this banger unfolds — with plenty of digital sounds, including xylo and synth — we learn she’s also “delicate, intelligent, always relevant, divine, aligned, our everyday sunshine.”
The production has a dark quality — that intro gives me major “Manboy” Eric Saade vibes — but it’s ultimately uplifting and worthy of a fist-pump.
The head-bobbing beat has already led his fans to wonder if this should have been his Eurovision 2019 entry, rather than the more theatrical “Scream”. The YouTube video includes comments like, “This would be a perfect Eurovision entry” and “a banger with a message about female empowerment! Should have sung that in Eurovision.”
While not confirmed, we can’t help but think that this was, in fact, on Sergey’s shortlist for Tel Aviv. He’s said in an interview that he recorded three songs for Eurovision. “Goddess” was composed by his Eurovision collaborator Dimitris Kontopoulos. It’s also the only English song on his Russian album and it’s less than three minutes long. Given all that, it’s realistic that “Goddess” was one of the other two songs — besides “Scream” — that was in contention.
In so many ways this song seems like a response to “Toy”. In 2018 Netta delivered the female empowerment song of Eurovision 2018. She was a woman telling a man he couldn’t patronise or undermine her. In “Goddess” we hear a man doing the exact opposite and putting a woman on a pedestal. But it’s not just the apple of his eye who deserves to be there. It’s all women. As he sings: “Mother, sister, daughter, you are, glowin’, genuine, luscious you are…”
What do you think? Could this have come alive on the Eurovision Song Contest stage? Could it have gone better than the third place that “Scream” achieved? Let us know down below.