Who is representing Russia at Eurovision 2019? Meet Sergey Lazarev who will be performing Scream
SERGEY Lazarev is returning to Eurovision in the hopes of not just making it to the grand final but also taking home the winner’s title.
Having last represented his country in 2016, who is Sergey, what will he be singing and when will he be performing? Let’s find out…
Who is Russia’s 2019 Eurovision entry Sergey Lazarev?
Sergey Lazarev was born in Moscow on April 1, 1983.
From a very young age, the Russian singer became a big fan of artistic gymnastics, which he would stay committed from ages six to nine.
By the time he turned 10 years old, however, Sergey grew a passion for singing and acting, having held his first performance with the Lokteus Children Choir.
His first award came at the age of 14, which followed with the several accolades in children’s song contests, before becoming a member of child group Neposedi.
It was the same group where Yulia Volkova and Lena Katina first met each other before venturing to form their chart-topping girl group t.A.T.u.
Sergey landed his ultimate big break when he became part of the boy band Smash!!, a Russian duo act – alongside Vlad Topalov – in 2000.
Over a million records were sold in Russia with the release of their debut album Freeway, leading the boys to tour the country together for the majority of 2003.
And despite the awards and accolades achieved while being a duo, following the release of their second album 2Nite, Sergey and Vlad parted ways a week later.
It was revealed that the duo simply wanted to focus on their solo careers instead.
He made his solo debut with the album Don’t Be Fake in 2005, selling a whopping 300,000 copies in Russia alone and going on to win Best New Act by MUZ TV.
T0 date, Sergey has released six albums as a solo act and two records with his former group member.
In December, 2015, the singer confirmed that he would take on the duties of representing Russia in the Eurovision Song Contest for the 2016 edition of the annual occurrence.
He went on to reach the third place with his song You Are the Only One, accumulating a total number of 491 points.
And on February 7, 2019, it was announced that Sergey would take on the duties yet again, making his return to the live music competition to do it all over again.
But this time, he’s hoping to win.
What else has Sergey done?
In 2006, Sergey starred in the Russian version of Dancing on Ice.
There, he showed millions of viewers just how much of a great dancer he is by eventually being awarded the runner-up prize during his season on the TV programme.
Then, in 2008, Sergey took part in the reality show Circus of the Stars – but this time, he ended up winning the contest.
In December 2016, the musician announced to his fans that he had fathered a two-year-old son named Nikita.
It was unclear whether Sergey had just found out about the child at the time or whether he simply didn’t want people knowing about his personal life.
Soon after sharing the news, he decided to feature his son in the music video for his song Так красиво in 2017.
What is Russia’s Eurovision 2019 song called?
The song Sergey will perform in the Eurovision Song Contest 2019 is called Scream.
The accompanying music video for the track has amassed over 3 million views on YouTube, showing clear signs that fans are liking the record.
Despite its title, Scream is actually full of melancholy.
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When is Eurovision 2019?
The Eurovision Song Contest 2019 kicked off its first Semi-Final on Tuesday, May 14 and will crown its winner on Saturday, May 18, 2019.
The second Semi-Final will commence in Tel Aviv on Thursday, May 16.
Meanwhile, the Grand Final will take place on Saturday, May 18.
If you’re not sure how you can catch it on TV, tune in to BBC Four on May 16 to catch Sergey live in action.
BBC One will cover the final from 8pm on May 18 – it will all be broadcast live.
The show will go on until around 11.40pm when the winner is expected to be announced.