Russia: Sergey Lazarev and Eric Saade perform at Europa Plus Live 2017

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Thunder and lightning, it’s getting exciting- two of the most ‘popular’ Eurovision contestants in recent years, Sweden’s Eric Saade and Russia’s Sergey Lazarev, performed at the Europa Plus Live 2017 concert in Moscow this weekend.

Europa Plus is Russia’s most popular commercial radio station and broadcasts across Russia, Latvia, Belarus, Ukraine, Moldova, Armenia, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, and Kyrgyzstan. The radio station hosts an annual concert where the most renowned artists in Russia perform their hit songs.

Eric Saade, who represented Sweden with the smashing performance of his song Popular in 2011, has become increasingly famous in Russia for his music, and was invited to perform at Europa Plus this year. He performed his 2016 hit singles Colours, Wide awake and his latest single, Another week.

Sergey Lazarev, the Russian entrant to the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest, is of colossal fame in his homeland, so it is no surprise that he headlined the concert once again. He performed his well-loved Eurovision entry You are the only one, his latest single Lucky stranger and his hit single Eto vse ona.

Looking back at Eurovision

Eric Saade represented Sweden at the Eurovision Song Contest 2011 with the song Popular. He finished third, but won his semi-final and was just three points off winning the televote of the Grand Final.

Sergey Lazarev represented Russia at the Eurovision Song Contest 2016 with his song You are the only one. He finished third, but this time not only did he win the semi-final, but he won the entire televote of the Grand Final in what remains one of the most talked-about and controversial moments in recent Eurovision history.

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