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Was Sergey Lazarev’s “Goddess” intended for Eurovision 2019?

Could this have lost out to "Scream"?

After scooping his second top 3 finish in Tel Aviv, Sergey Lazarev has just released his new single, Goddess, from his album Ya ne boyus’. But, was this song intended for Eurovision 2019? Many people say yes, and it’s easy to see why…

Clocking in at just under 3 minutes

While nothing has been officially confirmed by Sergey or his team, there are many reasons to think “Goddess” was on Sergey’s shortlist for Tel Aviv.

In a previous interview, Sergey revealed that he recorded three songs for Eurovision. “Goddess” was composed by Dimitris Kontopoulous, who also composed “Scream”. As well as this, the song clocks in at just under 3 minutes (at 2:58) and it is the only song in English on an otherwise all-Russian album. Are people right? Was “Goddess” one of the other two songs on his shortlist for Eurovision 2019?

Sergey Lazarev speaks with ESCXTRA’s Edward in Malta in 2016

Ya ne boyus’ – the new album

“Goddess” is the second single, after “Lovi”, from Sergey’s brand new album, Ya ne boyus’, released yesterday (23 August). The album features eight new tracks, including seven tracks in Russian. It is Sergey’s first album since his third place finish in Tel Aviv in May.

The single is a very upbeat song, and it is hard not to dance along with, very much the opposite to the very theatrical “Scream”. It has been described by one on YouTube as, “a banger with a message about female empowerment!”

The track is solely written by Greek composer, Dimitris Kontopolous, and the song definitely matches Dimitris’ dance-pop style. As well as “Scream”, Dimitris has composed eight other Eurovision songs since 2007, including “Shady Lady” (Ukraine 2008), “Hold Me” (Azerbaijan 2013) and “You Are the Only One” (Russia 2016) – also performed by Sergey Lazarev.

Sergey at Eurovision 2019

Sergey Lazarev represented Russia for the second time in 2019, with “Scream”. He placed 6th in the semi-final with 217 points, but he eventually finished in 3rd place in the grand final with 369 points. Russia received the most “12 points” from televoters in the grand final with 11 sets, beating Norway’s 8.

Let us know your thoughts on Sergey’s new single! Did you think it was one of the shortlisted songs for Eurovision?

Tell us in the comments below or on social media @ESCXTRA.

Tom Ryan

After joining the team in 2018, I've been lucky enough to cover five Eurovision seasons for ESCXTRA; each season always offers something new and exciting to look forward to! Outside of the Eurovision world, I am a prospective English Literature student, starting university later this year.

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