Sergey Lazarev returns to the Eurovision Song Contest, for the second time representing Russia. He is one of the most famous singers, actors, and presenters in Russia and his popularity spreads into many of the former Soviet countries.
Sergey's success as an artist began at a young age and his rise to fame been watched by the whole country. Sergey was born on 1 April 1983 in Moscow. At the age of 4, he was already competing in and winning artistic gymnastic competitions. However, his parents soon noticed that Sergey was more interested in music. At the age of 8, he began singing in classical choir, and soon thereafter joined the popular children’s singing group ‘Neposody’ (where Yulia and Lena from globally famous (and former Eurovision Song Contest competitors t.A.T.u also began their careers). Sergey has been participating in and winning various music contests since the age of 12. These include Italy’s Bravo Bravissimo International Contest and the prestigious Morning Star TV Music Contest. In 2002, he joined forces with fellow ‘Neposody’ singer and friend, Vlad Topalov, and created the hit duo Smash!!
In 2002, Smash!! won the New Wave International Contest of Young Performers in Latvia with Belle, the most famous song from Notre Dame de Paris. Following this victory, they received a contract with Universal Music Record Company. Their first album sold over 1 million copies and a large tour across the country followed. The band’s popularity grew until it disbanded in 2004, after touring Russia, neighbouring countries, and Southeast Asia, winning awards such as Best Band, Best Pop Project and Best Debut.
Parallel to his music career, Sergey began his pursuit of higher education in 1999, when he entered the Faculty of Acting at the prestigious Moscow Art Theater School (MXAT). In 2002, he played his first role as Romeo in Romeo and Juliet at the Pushkin Theatre in Moscow. To date, he has received several theatre awards and played leading roles in leading stage productions at the Pushkin Theatre such as Lend Me A Tenor, The Talents And The Dead, and most recently, the lead role of Figaro in The Marriage of Figaro.
At the end of 2004, at the peak of their success, Smash!! broke up and Sergey went solo. In December 2005, his first solo album Don't Be Fake was released and was quickly certified gold. The following year, Sergey won Artist of the Year (MTV Russian Music Awards), Breakthrough of the Year (Muz-TV Awards), and the Golden Gramophone Award. In 2007, his second album TV Show was released, produced again by Brian Rawling from Metrophonic. He collaborated with more than a dozen composers including Rob Davis, who produced Kylie Minogue's hit Can’t Get You Out Of My Head.
In 2007–2009, more prestigious music awards followed, including Artist Of The Year (MTV RMA); Best Performer Of The Year (Muz-TV Awards), God of Broadcasting, Singer Of The Year and Dance Project (ZD Charts Award of the Moskovskiy Komsomolets newspaper) The next album, Electric Touch, went gold. It was produced by some top European producers and was recorded in Russia, England, Sweden, and USA. One of the songs from the album Instantly was included on the soundtrack for the movie The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader in Russia and in the CIS countries.
Sergey has voiced several movie and cartoon characters such as Prince Arthur in the animated film Shrek The Third, the wolf Humphrey in Alpha and Omega, and Troy Bolton (played by Zac Efron) in 3 parts of the Disney movie High School Musical. In addition to his success as a singer and actor, Sergey Lazarev is also a prize winner for his roles in various TV shows, such as Ice Dance Show (2nd place) and Circus with Stars (first place). In 2014, Sergey a coach on the fourth season of The Voice Ukraine.
In 2015, Sergey embarked on the Lazarev Program Tour across more than 75 cities and in 2016, the sell-out BEST Tour hit over 100 cities. More awards followed, with 2015 becoming one of the most successful years in Sergey Lazarev's music career; he won multiple prestigious music awards, such as Best Singer (RU.TV Channel Award), MUZ-TV (Best Male Video) and Russian Music Box (Singer Of The Year) as well as Russian National Music Awards (Best Popular Music Performer) (Best Pop Music Singer). During the ceremony, it was revealed that he would represent Russia at the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest 2016 in Stockholm, where he won the international televote and finished third place.
After Eurovision, Sergey won the MUZ-TV Award as the Best Performer and World Breakthrough Of The Year. Additionally, Sergey won the International ESC Radio Award for Best Song and Best Male Artist. In November, one week before his 100th concert of The BEST Tour (and the second Moscow concert with this program), Sergey won The Real Music BOX Award — Singer of the Year on the stage of the Crocus City Hall. A day later, he won The Golden Gramophone Award, and the album The BEST went gold.
More awards followed in 2017, including winning the MUZ-TV Awards Best Song for You Are The Only One, Russian Music Box Channel Awards Video Of The Year for Lucky Stranger, New Radio Award On 15 December 2017, his new album In The Epicentre was released on iTunes and other digital platforms, which became the singer’s first album recorded entirely in Russian. The release of the new English-language disc The ONE was released on his 35th birthday. By that time, the single So Beautiful from the album In The Epicentre had already gone platinum in Russia and in the CIS countries.
Away from the spotlight, Sergey adopted his beautiful dog Daisy from an animal shelter in 2012. Daisy inspired him to create a small business called Poodle-Strudel and since 2015, the company has created healthy treats such as cakes and pastries for cats and dogs. A new flagship store was opened in Moscow in 2017.
Sergey has also been actively involved in various charity events and welfare projects, cooperating with the Line of Life Foundation helping children with dangerous diseases that require high-tech medical care. His charity concerts in Moscow have raised money for expensive heart surgeries to be performed on many children.