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.
Youddiph – Vechny strannik
In 1994, Russia selected Youddiph and her song “Vechny Strannik” (Eternal Wanderer) for its first Eurovision appearance. The song is entirely in Russian.
It was composed by Lev Zemlinski and the artist herself. The first one also served as the conductor of the live performance. The song placed 9th with 70 points, making it the first Top-10 place of the country. Is noteworthy that the same year to other Eastern European countries made their debut, finishing also in the Top-10. Here you can listen to the English version of the song.
Youddiph was born on 23 January 1973, in Moscow, Russia. Her real name is Maria (Masha) Lvovna Katz. At the age of 13, she became member of a metal group. After her Eurovision participation, she released her debut album “Magic Word”. In 2000, she made her own music company. All these years she has released a number of songs and albums, including collaborating with various artists. Moreover, she has dubbed many movies and shows including the animated film “Anastasia”. In 2015, she auditioned for the fourth season of the Russian version of The Voice, where she was eliminated a show before the semifinals.
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.
That’s the last part of our Russian tribute, next week we will focus on a different country!
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.