Lucien Sur has been selected to represent Russia at the 26th edition of Slavianski Bazaar later this year in Vibetsk, Belarus.
Russia will be represented by Lucien Sur at Slavianski Bazaar 2017 later this year in Belarus. The singer was selected by a jury at an audition round held at the Moscow House of Composers. A total of eleven singers were invited by the jury to take part in the selection, with each performer having to sing three songs for the jury.
Lucien impressed the jury member, but staying true to himself as an artist. He was the only performer not to come with an outfit for each performance, or an outfit aimed at wowing the judges. The judges felt that he had the talent and charisma that the other performers lacked.
Selected to compete in the children’s contest is Katya Kretova. Katya is 10 years old and from the city of Barabinsk in the Novosibirsk Oblast in Siberia.
Russia has a long history competing in Slavianski Bazaar and has won the International Pop Song Performers Contest on three occasions. Teona Dolnikova was the first singer to win for Russia in 2001, this was followed by Aksana Bahasloŭskaja in 2006 and Dmitri Danilienka in 2009. Since their last victory in 2009 the country has failed to place within the top three of the competition.
The country has however had more recent success in the Children’s Competition with Anastasiya Gladilina winning last years contest. She is the third singer from Russia to have won the competition, following on from Roman Grychushnikav in 2004 and Lara in 2008.
The following countries have selected their entrants so far:
- Czech Republic