Singer: Sergey Lazarev

Song: You are the Only One

Performing: First Semi-Final

Memorable Line: “Thunder and Lightning it’s getting exciting!”

Chances: Surefire qualifier, possible winner.

Link: Russia 2016

Rating: 8 thunderclaps (out of 10)!


In the words of Saria Guideman: “No, no dear!  That’s not how it’s done.  This is!”  Russia has doubled down on its success from last year and sent another spectacular performer.  And while he is no Polina Gagarina, Sergey Lazarev, his song also doesn’t have the feel of a USA for Africa video either!

Everything about this song is perfect for Eurovision.  A singer with plenty of experience and good stage presence, a song that easily and quickly gets implanted in the ears of all who hear it, and (hopefully) a top quality stage performance.

And while I am tired of the “oh I need you” type of song, this particular one dresses it up in enough noise and flare that I am able to look past the somewhat mediocre lyrics.

Russia is a pseudo-auto qualifier anyway, so there’s no real doubt that Sergey will bring his thunder and lightning to the final.  And if betting odds are any indicator, he is a favorite to win.  Russia always does well no matter what they bring, though I am pleased that they are making their best efforts again this year!  Thunder and Lightning, it’s getting exciting!

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