Before going on stage for the first rehearsal Sergey and his five vocalists warmed up a bit with their song together with their vocal coach Alexandros Panay (Αλέξανδρος Παναγή).
Russia is one of the favorites to win Eurovision Song Contest 2016 according to the bookmakers.
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Since 1994 Russia has participated 19 times in Eurovision Song Contest. They won the contest in 2008 with the song "Believe" performed by Dima Bilan. The last 4 years Russia finished in top 10, and have never ended last in the competition.
Russia, along with Greece and Romania, has qualified for the Grand Final every single year since the introduction of the semi-finals back in 2004!