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BROADCASTER
SONG   "Party For Everybody" 
SINGER   Buranovskiye Babushki
MUSIC   Viktor Drobysh & Timofei Leontiev 
LYRICS   Olga Tuktareva & Marry S. Applegate
DRAW   #14 in the first semi-final

 

THIS YEAR'S ENTRY

Despite the fact that there was little doubt that there would be a Russian entry in Baku, broadcaster RTR, which rotates Eurovision representation with Channel 1 only confirmed their participation on December 28th and asked for potential performers to submit their entries by the middle of February. These acts performed their songs for a jury at special auditions which were held in February. The special jury selected a total of 25 acts to proceed to the national final, which was broadcast on March 7th. The winner was decided through jury voting and televoting.

Dima Bilan, who won the Eurovision Song Contest in Belgrade in 2009 teamed up with former tATu member Julia Volkova and they were the hot favourites to win the ticket to Baku. However in one of the biggest surprises of the 2012 national selections, Buranovskiye Babushki, a group of six grandmothers from the village of Boronova in Central Russia triumphed, with the song "Party For Everybody" sung in English and in Udmurt.  

 

BIOGRAPHY

Buranovskiye Babushki are a group of "grannies" from Udmurtia, a republic between the Kama and Vyatka rivers in Russia. In March, they won the Russian national final against several stars including the former Eurovision winner Dima Bilan, and now they will try to conquer Europe with their unique style.

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.

 

REACTION

With their surprise victory in the Russian final, there was a lot of international attention Buranovskiye Babushki. Unlike other acts who travelled around Europe to promote their Eurovision entries, the Russian grannies had camera crews from other countries coming to them and there is no question that they have been the most publicised act in this year's contest. Their preview video is also by far the most watched on the official Eurovision YouTube channel.

Bookmakers rate as virtually certain to qualify from the first semi-final and at 8/1, they are the the second favourites to win the contest, behind Sweden. However the song is doing less well in internet polls where it is generally in the middle ranked songs.

 

BBC NEWS REPORT

 

REHEARSAL SCHEDULE (BAKU TIME)*
Date Rehearsal Press Conference
Monday May 14th 14:55 - 15:35 16:20 - 17:00
Friday May 18th 11:30 - 12:00 12:45 - 13:15
*Baku is four hours ahead of Ireland and the schedule has still to be confirmed officially

 

 

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PREVIEW VIDEO

LAUNCH PAD

 

RUSSIA AT EUROVISION

  • First entry: 1994
  • Number of previous entries: 14
  • Best result: Winner (2009) 
  • Worst result: 17th (1995)    
  • Qualification record: 4/0 (100% success)

TEN YEAR FORM GUIDE

 

WEBMASTER REVIEW

"In terms of being memorable and charming, there isn’t a better entry this year. Who doesn’t love a granny dressed in a traditional costume looking like she’s enjoying herself? For that reason, I think that this will do very well in the televote and may even win it. On the other hand, there isn’t much to the song or the performance and I suspect that the juries may see that. It’s a guaranteed qualifier, and a virtually certain Top 5 in the final, but I’m not sure that it ticks all the boxes, as a winner." - Keith Mills

 

YOUR REVIEWS

"Don't you just hate the fact that this is going to go down an absolute bomb in Baku?. Europe is going to melt when they see those dear little grandmas. I think its a shame that far more worthy compositions will lose out to this Eurovision trick, but that's Eurovision and I can easily see this winning the whole thing. I hope I'm wrong." - Mark Wood  (U.K.)

"A bunch of dancing grandmas who don't sing very well. They would be the life of the party at their grandkids wedding; they will fail miserably on stage at Eurovision. " - David Berlinger  (Israel)

"Complete madness. At least the Hump won't be lonely this year. The intro is fantastic and I do like this song, but opinion will be divided on the night. The grannies are so sweet and Udmurt sounds great." - Olivia Gavazansky (U.K.)

"It seems that everyone are very much charmed with the grannies but forgot to listen to the song. It's a song based on a tune that doesn't develop any further. A novelty act at best. In the past novelty acts didn't do well. This will do probably better and more because everyone will pity the grannies and won't listen to what they sing."- Shai Dagoni  (Netherlands)

"Mixed emotions on this one, Grannies so sweet and endearing and bless them for having a go. I would like it to qualify and get a reasonable score but it must not ,must not win as it will do the exact opposite of Loreen winning and set the contest back a few years.” - Philip Stuart (U.K.)