Eurovision 1995 alumnus Philipp Kirkorov has told news agency RIA Novosti that the Dream Team — a collective of Greek and Russian producers including Dimitris Kontopoulos — is behind an entry for Eurovision 2022.
Speaking to RIA Novosti, Kirkorov revealed that he is preparing an artist to represent a country at the contest in Turin. However, the Varna-born singer did not specify which country.
“The track is practically ready,” he said. “The artist is ready — it might be a ‘he’ or a ‘she’. I think that my choice will not disappoint you, and you will be pleasantly surprised.”
He promised that all the details to be revealed in the next two weeks.
The Dream Team is a regular at Eurovision, having produced several successful song contest entries since 2007. Most recently, they dreamed up Natalia Gordienko’s “Sugar” and Sergey Lazarev’s two attempts “You Are The Only One” and “Scream”.
Will Klava Koka represent Russia with a Dream Team song?
In recent weeks, popular Russian songstress Klava Koka travelled to Greece and attended MAD Walk. Next to that, she posted on her Instagram Stories that she was recording a song in a local studio. Russian Eurovision fans noted that the studio – where the “Покинула чат”-hitmaker took a selfie – looked extremely similar to Dimitris Kontopoulos’ Athens studio.
Selecting Klava would fit a pattern we have seen from VGTRK – the broadcaster responsible for the Russian entry every other year. Since 2014, this broadcaster has solely relied on the Dream Team to write and produce its entries.
Klava Koka would be a breath of fresh air for Russia. The Yekaterinburg-born artist first attracted fame taking part in the local analogue to X Factor in 2015. However, her audition there was unsuccessful. Nevertheless, she managed to turn the tables for herself, evolving from a shy country singer to a shining pop star, signing with the popular Black Star label.
In 2020, she scored a number-one hit single with Niletto with the song “Краш”. Next to that, Klava is extremely popular on TikTok, having almost nine million followers there.
Or might Saro from Armenia still have a chance?
During the Summer, Armenian singer Saro won the nineteenth edition of New Wave. The Eurovision 2019 backing singer was named as a potential song contest entry after posing backstage with Kirkorov after his victory, in a similar fashion to DoReDos in 2017. Speaking to Armenian media, Saro said that Kirkorov had proposed that he go to Eurovision.
However, the Armenian broadcaster seems less receptive of Dream Team entries than its neighbours. Next to that, and unlike Klava, Saro has seemingly not visited Dimitris Kontopoulos’ studio or met much with Kirkorov ever since the competition in Sochi. Nevertheless, Saro duetted with Kirkorov in September following the latter’s visit to Yerevan.
But what about Alexander Panayotov?
The Voice of Russia 2015 runner-up Alexander Panayotov has tried to represent Russia almost every single year since the mid-2000s. A few times, he came close, finishing second behind Dima Bilan in 2008 and fourth behind LOBODA in Ukraine’s election in 2009.
After Eurovision 2021 ended, Panayotov took to Instagram and shared a picture of Måneskin. He wrote in the caption: “Viva Italia! See you in Turin.”
During New Wave, Alexander was spotted taking pictures with most of the Dream Team members backstage. Ine one pic he even appeared together with Kirkorov, Kontopoulos and Ilias Kokotos. Panayotov is a regular face on VGTRK’s main channel Russia-1, which means that the broadcaster might be fond of seeing him go.
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