Voices from Russia

Thursday, 8 March 2012

A Multimedia Presentation. Russia Chooses Sextet of Flamboyant Babas to Compete in 2012 Eurovision Song Contest




Late on Wednesday night, the six babas of the Buranovskiye Babushki won the Russian national contest to have the honour of representing Russia at the 2012 Eurovision Song Contest in Azerbaijan on 22-26 May. The sextet of babushkas faced a tough competition in the final selection from 24 more Russian contenders, including 2008 Eurovision winner Dima Bilan, but in the end, they won the hearts of jurors and TV viewers by performing Party for Everybody in the Udmurt language. The colourful grannies, some of them over 70 years old of age, don’t speak English and their folk style performance includes their own songs and covers of many international music hits. They mostly sing in Russian and Udmurt.

The Buranovskiye Babushki come from the village of Buranovo in the Urals, in the Republic of Udmurtia. They first tried for the Eurovision contest in 2010, but lost in the selection round. The Russian grannies won’t be lonely among the traditionally young European contenders at the Eurovision, as Britain earlier announced that it decided to send the famous Engelbert Humperdinck to Azerbaijan, who turns 76 in May, and whose latest hit was almost 40 years ago. 42 countries will participate at the 2012 Eurovision Song Contest in the Azeri capital of Baku.

8 March 2012



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