The main complaint of the Vines to the speech Lazarev was the lack of identity — the Russian party, he said, was a copy of the British and "a disgrace to our country, because he convinces everyone that we can not do anything".

"The only thing we can do at the Eurovision song contest, is to show that we have an original stage," — said the singer and composer. According to him, the main objective in this and not to get first place.

"Of course, I can do it — I would show what our Russian pop music. We have composers and poets, we have not all the brains melted. Any composer will write a new song, and neither do I," commented the Vine.

31 October Russia confirmed its participation in "Eurovision" in Kiev. Earlier, the Ukrainian side stated that they will admit to the competition only those artists, who did not appear in black lists.

In 2016, "Eurovision" was held in Stockholm. Sergey Lazarev was the favorite of the audience voting, but the decision of the professional jury took the third place. The winner was the Ukrainian singer Jamala.