RUSSIA – Sergey Lazarev who was the anticipated participant for Russia this year, recently presented his 2019 Eurovision entry. Until the song announcement Russia featured as top favourite in the betting odds. Since the song presented Russia now ranks 2nd favourite to win following the presentation of the Dutch entry which (for unknown reasons) is considered a … masterpiece!
In 2016 Sergey Lazarev won the public voting but didn’t carry the trophy as combination result gave it to Jamala who didn’t even win the jury voting. It was unfair for most Eurofans. But without a sentiment of vengeance, Sergey and Dream Team return this year with a powerful ballad which for some is too good for Eurovision. Aside the international fans and media, it’s interesting to see what thee reactions in Russia were:
Music producer Iosif Prigozhin (Iosif Prigozhin), Sergei Lazariev’s song is indeed well-made and emphasizes the singing conditions of the singer, but does not sound like a hit, which usually gets the audience’s appreciation. As quoted by Gazeta.ru: “The song is really strong, well-recorded vocally and is very strong in terms of music. But I do not know how viewers will vote, it is difficult to predict. Is the song strong? Yes. Is it a hit? No.”
Wiktor Drobysz, responsible for the songs Nobody Hurt No One for Natallia Padolska (Eurovision 2005), Help You Fly Ivan (Eurovision 2016) and Like It this year’s representative of Belarus, Zeny, expressed similar doubts. As the producer emphasizes, the lack of an obvious chorus may deprive Russia of unequivocal support among the viewers; “This song is a very serious piece of work. I think that there is no big issue that we have no obvious chorus. I like it, but I wonder about the taste of people. (…) I’m afraid that the message of the song will not be understandable for them.”
The long-term announcement and huge hopes made that the final effect did not meet the expectations of, for example, the editors of the Moskowski Komsomolec newspaper. The point of a rather extensive article published in their pages is the statement that this year’s proposal of Russia is tearful and pompous, and compared to other competition songs (and accompanying scandals) may not be properly noticed.
Singer Yuriy Loza, who expressed his astonishment at the fact that public opinion so widely bent over the eurovision proposal of Sergei Lazariev. The musician noticed that the song contains English, not Russian, which prompted him to make a quite bold statement: “Sergei Lazarev has nothing to do with Russia.”
After the criticism, Sergey Lazarev publicly commented on the unfavorable evaluation of his song. A few days after the premiere, he placed an entry on his Instagram, in which he referred to the most frequent allegations against Scream . He noticed that many critics accused him of writing a “non-promotional” song: “Is it really bad that someone wants to create a song that will stand out, which is original and unique? I immediately made a reservation that I did not want to repeat myself and that is why I accepted the proposition to appear on Eurovision to show myself from a different musical side. Remember that the most important thing is what will happen on the scene in May. Keep your fingers crossed for us!”
BUT THERE IS SUPPORT TOO
On the other hand, Russian Alexander Rybak , Norwegian-Belarusian singer and violinist and the winner of the Eurovision Song Contest from 2009. On his Instagram he published a fragment of the song Scream and revealed that he would keep his fingers crossed for her in May: “Sergiuszku, I greet you! This is real art! You will win this time. Not because “Russia”, just because “music”.”
Jan Rudowska (Yana Rudkovskaya), manager of Dima Biłan and former head of the eurovision delegation of Russia also gave her support.
Ukrainian singer Maruv plans to support Sergey Lazarev at the Eurovision Song Contest, telling that they are connected by an “interesting common story”. Reports on NTV: “I will support everyone … Clearly,we have a very interesting interesting story with Sergey, so I will support him. But besides this, I want to see other performances, support those artists who will do a good performance and something interesting.”
DID YOU KNOW?
The Russian participant for Eurovision 2019, Sergey Lazarev, will be one of the host of the Russian version of All Together Now. The series is coming to Russia for the first time later this month, with the show start on March 23rd on Rossiya-1.