Russia hasn’t formally confirmed that they will take part in Eurovision 2017, but already speculation has started over who will represent the Eurovision power player. Russian actor Vitaliy Gogunskiy has put his name forward, having written a song he wants to take to Kyiv.
Russian media are reporting that Vitaliy has penned a song titled “Butterfly”, which he co-authored with his girlfriend Natasha Klimenkova. Vitaliy says he gave his potential entry to Russian Eurovision guru Philipp Kirkorov, who apparently “liked the song”.
Vitaliy is best known in Russia for his role on the popular sitcom Univer, where he played the goofy university student Eduard “Kuzya” Kuzmin.
Vitaliy also appeared on the Russian version of Dancing with the Stars in 2013, and on the Russian version of Your Face Sounds Familiar in 2014. Vitaliy’s over-the-top celebrity impressions proved a hit, and he won the series.
In 2015, Vitaliy was a contestant on the Russian version of The X Factor, where he made it as far as the top 25 acts.
On the show, he revealed a more serious side of himself, leaving aside his comedy antics for a very straight performance style. He delivered very controlled and emotional performances before his elimination.
Vitaliy’s comedic background might seem an unusual match for Eurovision, but if he was selected, it wouldn’t be the first time a comedian has performed on the Eurovision stage.
In 2014, Armenia sent Aram Mp3, who was known for his humorous covers of popular songs. But when he reached the Copenhagen stage, he had toned down his comedic stylings, and delivered a powerful and heartfelt performance of his song “Not Alone”, which placed fourth in the grand final.
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