After missing out on their first ever Eurovision final in Lisbon, we knew Russia would come back fighting for Tel Aviv. Rumours circulated for months (making it possibly the worst kept secret in showbiz!) and Russia eventually confirmed that Sergey Lazarev was to return to the Eurovision stage in Israel.
Many in the Eurovision sphere have said that Sergey’s return shows that Russia mean business and firmly have the trophy in their sights – some even go as far as to say Russia 2020 is looking like a real possibility – and the bookies have agreed since Day 1! Perhaps their confidence is understandable. After all, last time Russia sent a returning artist, they won!
On top of this, Sergey’s Eurovision 2016 entry “You Are The Only One” took staging to a whole new level and won the televote by over 40 points. As well as being easily one of the most sophisticated routines ever to grace the Eurovision stage at the contest, it’s still a firm fan favourite and regularly played at parties and events around the continent!
This being said, it’s worth noting that returning artists don’t always come back in a blaze of glory. Below is a list of artists who returned to Eurovision and ended up with a higher place on the scoreboard than their original entry:
Johnny Logan, Linda Martin, Vicky Leandros, Dima Bilan, Donny Montell, Elena Paparizou, Poli Genova, SunStroke Project, Udo Jürgens, Karolina Gočeva, Mia Martini, Elisabeth Andreassen*, Chiara* Valentina Monetta*
Conversely, here’s a list of artists who have have returned to the contest and done the opposite – ended up lower down on the scoreboard than their first outing at the contest. A few artists marked with (*) have done both – they’ve returned so many times that they’ve done better and worse than before!
Dana International, Niamh Kavanagh, Zdob și Zdub, Greta Salome, Jedward, Lena Meyer-Landrut, Željko Joksimović, Selma, Domenico Modugno, Kaliopi, Paula Seling and Ovi, Anne-Marie David, Elitsa Todorova and Stoyan Yankoulov, Isabelle Aubret, Waylon, Massimo Ranieri, Koit Toome, Omar Naber, Deen, Edsilia Rombley, Gigliola Cinquetti, Claudio Villa, Sakis Rouvas, Ira Losco, Cliff Richard, Elnur Hüseynov, Alexander Ryback, Feminnem, Lys Assia, Charlotte Perrelli, Chiara*, Elisabeth Andreassen* Valentina Monetta*…
True, there are exceptions to this rule, and one of those exceptions came from Russia in the past. But as you can see, returning to the contest doesn’t necessarily equal instant success… it’s also worth noting that since the release of “Scream”, Russia have dipped somewhat in the betting odds.
This being said, Sergey is doubtless a great performer and we can’t wait to see what he’s got in store for us this time round! Even if we’ve said that returning isn’t without its risks, we of course wish him every success and can’t wait to see him in Tel Aviv!
What do you think? Do you think Sergey and “Scream”can bring Russia their long awaited 2nd winner?
Let us know what you think!
Author: James Scanlan
Source: Eurovision Ireland
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