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17 Things You Need To Know About Russia's Eurovision Entry

He used to be in a band with t.A.T.u.

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1. He used to be a member of Neposedi (Непоседы), the band in which the two singers from t.A.T.u met.

Yulia Volkova and Lena Katina, who later formed, t.A.T.u. were both in the children's band Nepodesi with Sergey. The band still exists in Russia, but its members have gone through many iterations — kind of like the Sugababes.

2. His niece Alina is now part of the group.

Sergey was on the judging panel, but didn't dare to tell Alina beforehand because he thought it would make her nervous.
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Sergey was on the judging panel, but didn't dare to tell Alina beforehand because he thought it would make her nervous.

3. He later joined forces with former Nepodesi bandmate Vlad Topalov to form a new duo called Smash!! (СМЭШ!!).

The band existed until 2006 and was mostly famous in Russia and South Asia. They even won the New Wave contest for young performers in Latvia.
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The band existed until 2006 and was mostly famous in Russia and South Asia. They even won the New Wave contest for young performers in Latvia.

4. He runs a confectionery shop for dogs called Pudel Shtrudel.

Instagram: @pudel

He opened the shop in St. Petersburg because he wanted to feed treats to his rescue dog Daisy.

5. He trained to be a professional actor at MKHAT and MAAT theatre schools.

He's won a whole bunch of theatre awards, but he's primarily a singer.
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He's won a whole bunch of theatre awards, but he's primarily a singer.

6. He came second on the Russian version of Dancing on Ice in 2006.

His partner was Anastasia Grebenkina.
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His partner was Anastasia Grebenkina.

7. And first in Circus with the Stars in 2007.

8. He had a very high profile relationship with Russian TV presenter Lera Kudryavtseva.

Apparently they were like the Posh and Becks of Russia.

9. In 2008, he got to the Russian national selections for Eurovision.

Unfortunately he came in fourth place and was not chosen to represent Russia.
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Unfortunately he came in fourth place and was not chosen to represent Russia.

10. He has been a judge on the Ukrainian version of The Voice.

In Ukraine, The Voice is called Holos Krainy. Sergey was a judge in its fourth season, in 2014.
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In Ukraine, The Voice is called Holos Krainy. Sergey was a judge in its fourth season, in 2014.

11. He has spoken out about LGBT rights in the past.

"I travel a lot and I see how people look at gay relationship in different countries and to be honest it is bothering me that in Russia we have a different view on gay relationships and now we have a law that doesn't allow gay couples at all," he said in an interview. "It's crazy that people have to hide their sexual orientation."

12. His 2016 Eurovision entry "You Are The Only One" is written by Dimitris Kontopoulos, who has written five previous Eurovision entires, and Philipp Kirkorov who has written two and performed in the contest in 1995.

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13. Sergey does voiceover work in Russia: He is the voice of Prince Arthur from Shrek the Third.

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14. He's also the voice of Humphrey from Alpha and Omega.

15. And Troy Bolton from High School Musical.

Instagram: @lazarevsergey

16. His performance is kind of like Måns Zelmerlöw's winning peformance last year: It's suuuuuper hi-tech.

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There's a bit where he climbs up what looks like a computer screensaver.