Forget Mother Russia. This year Eurovision voters in Moscow have elected to go with Grandmother Russia instead. That’s right. Buranovskiye Babushki—a group of six singing grandmas—have won the right to represent Russia at Eurovision 2012. Currently aged between 43 and 74, they defeated a number of big-name acts including R&B singer Timati and 2008 Eurovision winner Dima Bilan, who performed a duet with Yulia Volkova, formerly of girl group Tatu.
Although none of the Buranovskiye Babushki (Grandmas from Buranovo) have been alive longer than Britain’s 75-year old Engelbert Humperdinck, their combined age is more than 300 years. They’ll be singing their song “Party For Everybody” (read the lyrics here) in Udmurt, the language common in their home region of Udmurtia. The group rose to prominence when they stopped singing local folks songs and started deliveirng their own rendition of international hits in their native tongue.
Speaking to Russia Today, artistic director Olga Tuktaryova made it clear they are savoring every moment. “We still plant potatoes, grow cattle. We understand that interest in what we do may vanish at any minute,” she said. “Everything in life come and goes.”
If the group looks familiar that’s because they previously entered Russia’s national selection in 2010 with their song Kak zhit – “How To Live.” They placed third that year, losing out to Peter Nalitch (“Lost and Forgotten”). What do you think of their song?