Country Of The Month: Russia Part-1!

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Introduction

Country of the month is back. We decided to continue our series of articles “Country Of The Month” with Russia. In a period of four weeks, we are going to remind you of the best Russian entries. Note: we selected the entries not by their place in their final, but by their impact on the fans.

Russia in the Eurovision 🇷🇺

Russia debuted at the contest in 1994. Since then, it has participated 22 times, missing the final only one time. Since its first participation, Russia didn’t compete three times, in 1998, 1999 and 2017. In 1998 the absence was due to the rules that applied these years. Because the public broadcasters didn’t air the contest, EBU didn’t allow the country to return the following year. In 2017, Russia intended to participate with Julia Samoylova and the song “Flame Is Burning”, however, the host nation, Ukraine, decline the entry of the Russian team to its territory, due to the ongoing Crimea dispute among the two nations.

The country is considered the most successful country in the contest between 2000 and 2009. Russia has also the record with the most Top-10 places in the 21st century. The country has finished 13 times in the Top-10. Its best result, the 1st place, was achieved in 2008, with Dima Bilan and the song “Believe”. In 2016 the country scored 491 points (under the new voting system), making it the most points Russia got in any Eurovision Contest it has participated. In contrast, its worst result came in 2018, when it was eliminated at the semis placing 15th with just 65 points. At a final, the worst result for the country its Philipp Kirkorov’s 17th place in 1995.

Sergey Lazarev – You Are The Only One

In 2016, Russia selected Sergey Lazarev and his song “You Are The Only One”. The song is entirely in English.

It was composed by Philipp Kirkorov, Dimitris Kontopoulos, John Ballard and Ralph Charlie. The song placed 3rd in a field of 26, with 491 points.

Sergey was born on 1st of April 1983, in Moscow, Russia. When Sergey was young he practised artistic gymnastics. At the age of 10, he started acting and singing. By the of 14, he had already won his first award. In 2006 he was a contestant on the Russian version of Dancing On Ice and finished second. Two years later, he competed once again in a show named Circus Of The Stars finishing first. In 2016 he competed in Eurovision, finishing first in the televoting, but only third after all, behind Ukraine and Australia. His song his choreography was by F. Evangelinos. Sergey was the second artist that competed twice for Russia. Dima Bilan was the first (2006, 2008). In 2018, Sergey competed again with a song by the same team. “Scream” once again placed 3rd with 370 points.

What do you think about the song? Do you like it? Do you think is it one of the most memorable entries from Russia? Let us know in the comment box below.

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