This year’s Eurovision Song Contest bookies favourite, Russia’s Sergey Lazarev, had trouble during a dress rehearsal today after he fell from a nine foot high stage unit, which he slipped off.
Russia are hoping to clench the win this year, after coming in second place in 2015, with a complicated mix of CGI special effects and Perspex staging, however is proving troublesome.
Half way through his first rehearsal, the singer fell off a Perspex step approximately nine feet high, and a journalist watching caught the moment on camera.
The official rehearsal footage does not show the moment, but an unofficial video caught it.
The direct live feed to the stage cut, but Lazarev seemed out of breath however seemingly uninjured.
He continued to run through a staggering six special effects that make up his three-minute performance of his song You are the Only One.
There has been a selection of strong rehearsals today, with Armenia, Greece and Netherlands all pulling out the stops, however this is another hurdle for the act to try to deal with on the night.
Since the slip up, France have now become joint favourites to win at next weekend’s Eurovision Song Contest.
Russia will have their second (and final) technical rehearsal later this week before next Monday’s dress rehearsal and Jury voting final.
They participate in the first semi final on Tuesday 10th May. The top ten will qualify for next Saturday’s Eurovision Song Contest grand final.