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Semi Final 2
Artist: Юлия Олеговна Julia Samoylova
Song: Flame is Burning
Odds: $21

Word of the day:
пропаганда - Propaganda
Take out of that what you will.

Julia may not be allowed into the Ukraine due to politics, which there is none of in Eurovision. Her ban is due to her going into Crimea in 2015 to perform at a gala concert, which is a completely political ban. Some has suggested that the song was picked because if its title and to raise the ire of the Ukrainian authorities. Well it wasn't picked for being a great song, thats for sure.

After coming second in Фактор А (Faktor A), The Russian X-Factor, Julia has had moderate success, though she was known in Russia before Фактор А. Julia had won a number of competitions and was also in a group called TerraNova, who were (heavy) alternative according some translated articles. Perhaps Julia is best known for being part of the opening ceremony at the Sochi winter Olympics... Interestingly Sochi was the location that it was rumoured that Russia would use to host this years Eurovision had they won last year.

Russia determined their song and performer using an internal selection, which is not unusual. Russia has not let the people vote since 2012... for their Eurovision representative at least... That was the last time there was a Presidential election in Russia, but I couldn't comment on the voting.

So Russia's song this year is 'Flame is Burning' and in 1995 they gave us a Lullaby for a volcano, which is along the same theme though I like the hair from 1995 better.

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Previous entries: 19
Wins: 1 2008 Dima Bilan - Believe
First entry: 1994 Youddiph - Vechny strannik
Most Recent Entry: 2015 Polina Gagarina – A Million Voices
National anthem: Госуда́рственный гимн Росси́йской Федера́ции


Sergey Lazarev – You Are the Only One.

If you strip out the instruments this song could be pretty much any pop-song sent to Eurovision in the last decade. Despite it being same old, this is currently the favourite in this year’s event. It is such a favourite already that is seems only politics can stop it winning, and probably will.

Sergey tried to be Russia’s representative in 2008 but came 4th in the national final. Sergey seems to be of the same mould as the Russian (and eventual Eurovision) winner of 2008. Sergey is not bad looking. It is like Russia decided to get a Dima Bilan like singer who uses less cocaine. They might have found him though he doesn’t qualify by much.

I have a feeling this song will be performed on the night similarly o the presentation clip, which is a bit of a waste. It deserves more than these B-grade graphics.

Russia is more polished than they were in their early attempts in Eurovision. 1995 was really a different time…

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Population: 143 975 923
Area: 17 098 242 km2
Language: Russian
Eurovision Attendances: 18
Eurovision wins: 1 (2008)

Polina Gagarina - A Million Voices

When I saw the title of this song was ‘A Million Voices’ I straight away thought of the line from Star Wars " if millions of voices suddenly cried out in terror and were suddenly silenced.” The destruction of Alderaan is possibly not the image the Russian government wanted this song to conjure up.

This song appears to have been written to go about 30 seconds longer, but the three minute limit on songs resulted in the song having a really average ending. Not that the song was brilliant before that, it is slick, most of the songs this year are, but it is just another cliché peace and love song for Eurovision. This was Germany’s genre but Russia is trying to steal it it seems.

The bookies have this in the top ten, which is a safe bet with Russia and the votes it owns. I think it is generous. It is not badly sung, just not a winner.

Now from the voices of many to being solo from 2000

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so the first semi is a few days away and the rehearsals are progressing nicely. this is the running order of the first semi. SPOILER WARNING: this has links to rehearsal clips and comments on the rehearsals.

full list of Eurovision semi 1 participants )

so I think Hungary and Estonia have the best performance this semi and the Netherlands and Moldova are auto non-qualifiers

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Russia have decided to send an act with a history of winning Eurovision, however it was actually Junior Eurovision. I wonder if they will be wearing the same dresses they wore when they were 9. It may sound too short for 17 year olds, but this is Eurovision.

Artists: Tolmachevy Sisters
Song: Shine

The Tolmachevy Sisters have appeared on an actual Eurovision stage back in 2009 in the opening of the contest in Russia. It is possibly good that they have never sung at Eurovision before because if this song is anything to go by, it would not have been great.

I don't think much of this song. It is best described as average and is a potential toilet break. It is possibly the most depressing sounding song with a title of 'Shine' ever written. I just hope they do something interesting on the night or that by the time they perform at number 7 that it is time to break the seal.

I think that the political situation that Russia is in at the moment though will lose them votes. They will still still qualify because they do still have friends that they paid in advance for, but they wont win. The bookies have them just out of the top ten which is generous.

Only two other performers from JESC have made it to ESC. Nevena Božović came third in JESC in 2007 and in 2013 appeared as part of Moje 3 for Serbia. The first to make the leap was one part of Poland’s KWADro, Weronika Bochat who in 2010 did the only thing a JESC contestant is qualified for, she performed as a backing singer

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Country: Russia

Debut: 1994
Previous Appearances: 16
Wins: 1 (2008 – Dima Bilan 'Believe')

Artist: Dina Garipova
Song: What If

What if we all bought a copy of this song and gave the world another example of slacktivism. What if we actually did something and what if the singer didn't actually care what we did as long as she got her sack of potatoes at the end of the day. What if I am just being cynical...

What if this song was just a call to communism? Just saying.

This is up with the favourites (6th atm), but I think that's an affordability factor, Russia can put money into Eurovision 2014 and not all countries in Europe can say that. It it also a similar theme to Believe which won in 2008 for Russia so it is a maybe but I still don't care for it

Dina is from Tatarstan. Perhaps they should have sent someone else, perhaps a Northern Girl

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is it really that time of the year again....

Performer: Buranovskiye Babushki
Song: Party for Everybody!

You have that crazy great aunt who gets drunk at family dos and then tries to be cool with the kids.... now multiply them by 6 (well actually 8 but only 6 are allowed to perform at Eurovision)

These little old ladies should be living it up in a nursing home somewhere, not being travelling performers to earn money to build a church, which is seriously what they are doing, they want to build a church by singing... that is like curing cancer by praying, but anyways. 

This is also what the people wanted to send to Eurovision, they voted for this. I am fairly sure though that Russians, even after a couple of decades of democracy, still don't get this voting concept. They still, allegedly, vote for Vladimir Putin afterall. 

If enthusiasm counts for anything, this is a winner... and despite this even making news here in Australia, I don't think it should win... I hope it doesn't... else 12 months of 'Party for everybody. Dance! Come on and dance. Come on and dance. Come on and boom-boom'... 

it reminds me of Moldova in 2005 and is no where near as coked out as what Russia sent in 2006

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Previous: Spain


Peter Nalitch and Friends - Lost and Forgotten

Russia didnt enter the Eurovision until 1994 and it appears that Russia has decided to make up for the decades that it missed. this year is the 1970's. Actually, it might be 1950's meets the Mammas and papas meets traditional Russian music. if the mammas and papas re-wrote 'Fiddler on the Roof' and based it in the 1950's, this song would almost certainly be on the soundtrack.

If you haven't fallen asleep by the time this song starts (and it is the second song in the first semi), you soon will be. Russia should continue doing pop music and this song should really be 'Lost and Forgotten'.

The Highlight of this performance is Peter Nalitch's Eyebrows (he has two of them... just). these eyebrows are entities in themselves. I cant believe people voted for this. Seriously Russia, study how voting works... I am sure you can learn how.

Anyways, going back to 'better' times and Russias pop history. 2002, when Russia was being told what a Prime Minister was as they 'sung' 'Northern Girl' and somehow finished 10th... yay for bloc voting.

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Wins: 0
Entries: 11
Eurovision 2007 semi: Straight to final
Eurovision 2007 final: 3rd


Dima Bilan -Believe

lyrics )

often what amazes me most about Eurovision is that people admit to writing this tripe. Take this song, two people admit to writing it, Dima Bilan and Jim Beanz (though I think the latter is an alias, someone smart enough to hide). I cant credit Dima with being smart though, after all, this is his second Eurovision.... you may remember his mullet

I am sure this actually went through the 'stock-aitkin-waterman write a song' machine rather than being written by actual people though, I mean it is a typical slow pop song with a male vocal isnt it? it could be song by Justin Timberlake and it would sounds almost the same, just less accent I mean 'It wiill neverr be imposs-e-ble'. Sure he cant speak englsh, but at least he has been to the idol school of performance... maybe once too many times though.

As for Russias history in Eurovision, I love Mumiy Troll from 2001, and Russia did give us tAtU in 2003 (who I still cringe when I remember how off key they were), I do have to show Dima Bilans in 2006 again with 'Never Let You Go' and a girl in the piano


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