Introducing 2012: Russia!

All the entries for the 2012 contest have been selected and now My Eurovision Diary will introduce them to you!

Entrant: Buranovskiye Babishki

Buranovskiye Babushki („Buranovo Grannies“) is a folk group from the village of Buranovo in Malopurginsky area in the Udmurt Republic, Russian Federation. The eldest member of the group is 76 years old, 77 in the autumn.

Buranovskiye Babushki became known in 2008, when a television report about them was shown in the news programme of the television channel “Russia”. They have been covering Russian and Western popular songs by Aquarium, Kino, The Beatles, Queen, and Shocking Blue. These covers were sung in Udmurt, citing folk music influences.

Later Buranovskiye Babushki came surprisingly third in the Russian Eurovision qualifying contest in 2010. Afterwards they took part in a large number of television shows and concerts including a special performance at the open air festival “Rock above Volga” with more than 200,000 fans. They performed on the same stage with Jose Carreras and Emir Kusturica, and toured through Estonia and France.

Entry: ‘Party for Everybody’

Party for Everybody will be the first song performed in Udmurt, it will be the 53rd language performed in the Eurovision, in the song, only the chorus is in English the rest is in Udmurt. The song is composed by Viktor Drobysh, Timofei Leontiev and penned by Olga Tuktareva, Marry S. Applegate. This song is really funny so come on and dance!

Tomorrow we will introduce the Austrian entry, note that the entries will be introduced according to the running order!



4 comments on “Introducing 2012: Russia!

  1. I love their song! First, when I listened the introduction I thought ‘come on, really russia?’ but then they said ‘Party for everybody, dance, come on and dance’ and I said wow I love them!

    • The introduction is the only interesting part of the song, actually, imo. The rest is just frothy and hollow stuff. They’re cute anf they will too well. Good luck.

  2. Russia 2012 perfectly represents what I do not want to hear and see in ESC. Yes, the grannies are undoubtedly cute but their song is a very, very weak. In fact, it is not a song but a gimmick because they will rely on the cute factor of those ladies clad in traditional garments and hand-knitted shoes to get votes in what is still supposed to be a song contest after all. And don’t get me wrong, I am not being ageist here. Quite the contrary, witnessing how those ladies make fools of themselves in a circus kind of way makes me terribly sad. Well, even I cannot completely resist the cute factor and thus I still give 1/12 and 41st place on my pre-rehearsals list.

  3. I know that I am going to be annoyed when this does really well and it undoubtedly will do well because of the gimmick factor and because it’s from Russia. The song is terrible and if it was performed by a younger group from Latvia, Portugal, Cyprus or Switzerland (for example), it wouldn’t have a hope of even getting to the final. Yes the grannies are cute and I have a lot of respect for elderly people, but this is just demeaning, in a freak show way.

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