Nargiz Zakirova, the liberally-tattooed singer who rose to stardom during the second season of The Voice of Russia, has been a fan favourite to sing at Eurovision ever since 2013.
Now, as Eurovision 2017 beckons, speculation over Nargiz’ possible entry is hotting up once again, as Channel One — the network that airs The Voice — will choose this year’s contestant.
Much of this comes down to an Instagram post from her producer Max Fadeev, who recently teased some very big news.
On Wednesday he shared a photo with his 454,000 Instagram followers that showed him staring into the eyes of Nargiz, along with the caption: “Very soon, there will be a New Year surprise from me and Nargiz.”
Naturally Eurofans have interpreted that as a sign she’s headed to Eurovision.
Of course, Eurovision is rarely so simple and straightforward. And there are also rumours that Nargiz may represent Belarus this year.
That’s because Andrey Fomochkin, a representative of the Belarusian Ministry of Sports and Tourism, carried the Russian flag at the opening ceremony of the 2016 Summer Paralympic Games.
Russia, of course, was banned from the Paralympics, and carrying the flag was an act of defiance in support of Moscow and its banned athletes.
After that Maxim Fadeev promised to send an artist to Belarus for Eurovision as a sign of thanks.
The deadline for applications to Belarus’ national selection was 22 November. Belarusian media Sputnik.by reports that Max and his artist Nargiz did not file an application.
Nargiz at Eurovision
This is not the first time Nargiz has been a rumoured artist for Russia at Eurovision.
Speculation reached fever pitch in 2015 when Russia’s Channel One, which broadcasts The Voice, was responsible for choosing the country’s Eurovision singer. The rumour mill suggested that it would either be Nargiz — an eccentric singer with a wow voice — or Alexandra Vorobyova, the winner of The Voice in 2014. Instead the honour went to Polina Gagarina, who now serves as a coach on The Voice.
In any case, do you think Nargiz would be a good representative for Eurovision 2017? Is her edgy rock style appropriate for the show? Let us know in the comments box below.