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Ticket to Tel Aviv: Meet Sergey Lazarev from Russia

29 April 2019 at 09:00 CEST
Press photo Sergey Lazarev (Russia 2019) Daniil Velichko
With the song ‘Scream', Sergey Lazarev will represent Russia this year. Sergey is set to perform 13th in the second Semi-Final on Thursday 16 May in Tel Aviv, Israel. This is 'Ticket to Tel Aviv', our feature counting down to the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest.

On 7 February, Russian broadcaster RTR announced that Sergey Lazarev would represent Russia at the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest. Russia's hopeful returns 3 years after reaching third place in 2016 with You Are The Only One.

Who is Sergey Lazarev?

Sergey Lazarev 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!!

READ MORE: Sergey Lazarev's participant profile

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Sergey Lazarev’s song

Sergey Lazarev will sing Scream. The track is produced by Philip Kirkorov, composed by Dimitris Kontopoulos, written by Sharon Vaughn and accompanied by the Moscow Symphony Orchestra.

LISTEN: Stream or download Scream via your favourite music service

In March, we interviewed Sergey on his Eurovision return when he visited Amsterdam on a promo tour.

Russia at Eurovision 2018

Last year, Julia Samoylova received 65 points for her song I Won't Break. This caused Russia to end up at 15th place in the second Semi-Final and therefore not qualify for the Grand Final, a first in the country's track record at the Eurovision Song Contest.

READ MORE: Russia's country page

Do you think Sergey Lazarev will take Russia all the way to the Grand Final of the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest? Let us know in the comments!