STOCKHOLM, May 15. /TASS/. The most significant victory at the Eurovision contest is that the attempt to change the audience’s attitude toward Russian singers was successful, Russian singer Sergey Lazarev and winner of the third place told TASS on Sunday.
"We understand some "specificities" regarding us, so to say, from the outset. I’m pleased we managed to break some negative perception of Russian participants that was present there during the last several years. Everyone knows that and I was warned that the audience had a highly negative response towards Russian performers despite their decent shows. This year I was supported by the audience and Europe voted for me," Lazarev said.
"This stands high. This is the greatest victory that I managed to change the attitude in such way and set viewers to positive mood," he added.
"Political games" during the contest were more boring and took more efforts than rehearsals and preparation of the event, Lazarev said. At the same time, he would be ready to participate in the Eurovision again after rest. "I am ready to repeat this deed again. This is a highly significant experience in singer’s life," he added.
"I do not know how to perceive this result - either as a loss or as a victory. Our song is in all charts. The most important is that viewers voted for us," one of song authors and producer Philipp Kirkorov told TASS.