If you open your eyes — and more importantly your ears — you’ll soon realize that Eurovision is everywhere, from Hollywood blockbusters to the MTV Music Awards to X Factor. The latest connection comes from the FIFA World Cup 2018 allocation draw in Saint Petersburg’s Konstantin Palace. The July 25 event featured a number of familiar Eurovision faces including Eurovision 2015 singer Polina Gagarina!
Natalia Vodianova, international supermodel and one of the ESC 2009 semifinal hosts, hosted the FIFA draw along with Dmitry Shepelev, Russia’s Eurovision voting spokesperson (12 points from Russia go to… Russia!).
Natalia dressed patriotically during the ceremony, as she had a set of three dresses from Russian designer Ulyana Sergeenko – the same man who dressed the Tolmachevy Sisters for their performance at Eurovision 2014. The colors of Natalia’s dresses were white, blue and red – symbolyzing the Russian flag.
Dmitry put on a brave face: his wife, Russian singer Zhanna Friske, died of cancer last month, just a few months after giving birth.
Polina Gagarina: Fifa World Cup Draw performance
The closing act was, of course, Polina Gagarina who sought to keep the #buildingbridges theme from Vienna going among the countries participating in the World Cup. She sang ‘A Million Voices‘ for the millionth time in Russia — and in the same dress, with the same hairstyle and with the same soulful emotions.
But this time she sang with a choir of kids. The number of children singing corresponded with the number of FIFA World Cup countries, with each kid wearing a T-shirt with the flag of the country they represented. Touching!