1TV.ru has announced that Russia, the country behind some of Eurovision’s most historic entries, and the host of the most expensive edition of our favourite TV show back in 2009, will participate in Eurovision 2015. Yes, the immense country with the babushki and the fancy furs will thrill us yet again in Austria.
For a split second we were worried that we may not see Mother Russia at Eurovision. After all, just a month ago, inside B&W Hallerne, fans booed the daylights out of the Tolmachevy Sisters, no doubt a response to Russia‘s divisive politics and recent annexation of territory in Crimea. If we were treated like that on the international stage, we might be wary of coming to the party too.
But now all is right at Eurovision. Russia has not only confirmed its participation, but it has also revealed how its entry will be chosen. The Russian representative will be selected through the “Voice of Russia” (Golos, in Russian), the 3rd series of which is set to begin in September 2014.
Russia’s 2013 entrant, Dina Garipova, was also the “Golos” winner.
TV 1 will oversee the country’s participation.