Russia: Sergey rehearses "You Are the Only One" backstage

Sergey Lazarev and his team sings his song "You Are the Only One" backstage before going on stage for his first rehearsal

Today the rehearsals in Globen started with the first nine songs from Semi-final 1. Among them the Russian entry "You Are the Only One" by Sergey Lazarev.

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.

Russia in Eurovision Song Contest

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!

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