Country Of The Month: Russia Part-2!

Photo By: EBU


Country of the month is back. We decided to continue our series of articles “Country Of The Month” with Russia. In a period of four weeks, we are going to remind you of the best Russian entries. Note: we selected the entries not by their place in their final, but by their impact on the fans.

Buranovskiye Babushki – Party For Everybody

In 2012, Russia selected Buranovskiye Babushki and their song “Party for Everybody”. The song is a combination of English and Udmurt.

It was composed by Olga Tuktaryova, Mary Susan Applegate, Viktor Drobysh and Timofei Leontiev. The song placed 2nd in a field of 26, with 259 points.

Buranovskiye Babushki is an 8-member ethno-pop band that was formed in the ’70s in Udmurtia, Russia. The band is mostly known for its Eurovision participation in which the placed second being voted by all the participating countries except Switzerland. Before 2012, the group tried to represent the nation in Eurovision in 2010 but placed third in the national final.

Russia in the Eurovision

Russia debuted at the contest in 1994. Since then, it has participated 22 times, missing the final only one time. Since its first participation, Russia didn’t compete three times, in 1998, 1999 and 2017. In 1998 the absence was due to the rules that applied these years. Because the public broadcasters didn’t air the contest, EBU didn’t allow the country to return the following year. In 2017, Russia intended to participate with Julia Samoylova and the song “Flame Is Burning”, however, the host nation, Ukraine, decline the entry of the Russian team to its territory, due to the ongoing Crimea dispute among the two nations.

The country is considered the most successful country in the contest between 2000 and 2009. Russia has also the record with the most Top-10 places in the 21st century. The country has finished 13 times in the Top-10. Its best result, the 1st place, was achieved in 2008, with Dima Bilan and the song “Believe”. In 2016 the country scored 491 points (under the new voting system), making it the most points Russia got in any Eurovision Contest it has participated. In contrast, its worst result came in 2018, when it was eliminated at the semis placing 15th with just 65 points. At a final, the worst result for the country its Philipp Kirkorov’s 17th place in 1995.

What do you think about the song? Do you like it? Do you think is it one of the most memorable entries from Russia? Let us know in the comment box below.

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