Zaporizhzhia-born singer Alexander Panayotov returns to the Russian rumour list every year. Following a recent comment made by Philipp Kirkorov to RIA Novosti, many speculated that Panayotov might be the Dream Team‘s Eurovision 2022 act. However, The Voice of Russia 2016 participant has shared that he has not heard anything regarding Russia’s Eurovision 2022 plans.
Speaking to Russkoe Radio, Panayotov talked about his numurous “almost Eurovision” experiences. When asked by host Alla Dovlatova about whether not going to Eurovision was his personal pet peeve, Panayotov answered: “It’s a pet peeve every single year of course.”
Subsequently, while asked about a potential entry for a national final, the singer answered that he was unaware whether there was going to be one. “Nobody has communicated anything to me yet,” he said.
Next to that, he did not rule out the possibility that the act might have been chosen internally already, similar to what happened in 2019.
Speaking about his own initiative towards Eurovision, the “Milliony” hitmaker said that he was always ready to take part in the contest. But so far he has not approached anybody within Russian broadcaster VGTRK or its channel Russia-1.
While recording Russia-1’s New Year programme Little Blue Light recently, Panayotov came across the channel’s producer Gennadiy Gokhstein. “I met Gennadiy in the corridor, I greeted him. I said ‘Good evening, Gennady’,” Panayotov told Alla Dovlatova. However, he acknowledged that he forgot to tell the main producer of VGTRK’s Russia-1 about his interest in going to the contest.
Concluding the interview segment jokingly, Panayotov stated: “In short, I am now sending him an ardent hello! Remember me [when thinking of Eurovision]!”
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Meanwhile, amid all the chatter, both Philipp Kirkorov and Klava Koka are denying involvement in Russia’s entry. Both artists appeared at the recording of the annual Song of the Year festival. Talking to journalists, Kirkorov seemed surprised by the many questions surrounding Eurovision.
“Have you lost your mind? Where have you gotten it from that it is Klava Koka?” Kirkorov said to a large group of journalists. Speaking to Dni.ru, Kirkorov added: “I have established such a goal for myself: bringing Eurovision to Russia. It’s not important in what way, but I will bring it.”
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