CIS members 2018

Part of the fabric that makes Eurovision so special is the political ties between countries — often a result of history, culture and other allegiances. These relationships can influence the entry a country submits, as well as see artists submit entries to their aligned neighbours and associates. Think the Ukrainian Alekseev, who is representing Belarus this year. Or even the Greek star Eleni Foureira, who is representing Cyprus.

The Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS), otherwise known as the Russian Commonwealth, is a confederation of countries which share similar cultures and history as part of the former Soviet Union. Primarily a symbolic relationship between member states, they include Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Russia, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan. Associate member states include Turkmenistan and Ukraine.

The CIS members who have participated in Eurovision (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Moldova, Russia and Ukraine) have had varying degrees of success. Associate member Ukraine is the most successful, having had two wins since entering the contest (2004 and 2016). Russia had one win in 2008, but has had eight top three finishes. Azerbaijan took the trophy home in 2011. Armenia, Belarus and Moldova have yet to win the contest, but will no doubt be hoping for their first win this year in Lisbon.

Take a listen to all 6 songs of CIS entrants below, and then vote in our poll. As usual you can vote for as many songs as you like, but you can only vote once!

Eurovision 2018 best entry from CIS members

Armenia: Sevak Khanagyan – “Qami”

Azerbaijan: Aisel – “X My Heart”

Belarus: Alekseev – “Forever”

Moldova: DoReDos – “My Lucky Day”

Russia: Julia Samoylova – “I Won’t Break”

Ukraine: MELOVIN – “Under The Ladder”

Eurovision 2018 Poll – Best CIS member entry

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Rada Spoto
2 years ago

Belarus – Alekseev – Forever
The best song and the best singer.

Rada Spoto
2 years ago

Belarus – Alekseev – Forever
The best song and the best singer. 10/10

Malin
Malin
2 years ago

Belarus 12 p, best this year. I can listen to the song over and over agin.
Love, love, peace, peace from sweden

Josie
Josie
2 years ago

From Poland: 1 Ukraine (he’s so cool on stage and looks great, I like his timbre, but the live version is much better. He needs to throw out this studio version. I hope he will think about it. 2 Azerbaijan (nothing special, but the song is pleasant and the singer is nice) 3 Armenia (I like his vocals, but the song is boring) 4 Belarus (typical Russian musical harmony. The studio version is good, but the live version is terrible, I don’t see the artistry, only his teeth. 5 Russia ( not the worst song of all, but I don’t… Read more »

Sarah Boucher
Sarah Boucher
2 years ago

Alekseev’s backing vocalists are the tolmachevys, i saw them in the belarusian nf and yekatenberg concert.

Yulia ftw
Yulia ftw
2 years ago

yep call me biased I dont see how Yulia is the worst song lmao ))) haters are amusing :D:D anyway I like more or less most of these. Mel has a good stage show (‘Wonder’ was better than this year’s song) Alekseev had great song but chose to spoil it with weak vocals & awful new version ((( Moldova is super retro fun Aisel – great voice & catchy song Sevak – great voice, national language & stage presence all will qualify :P:P:P as for pro NATO ‘peaceful’ countries, they should go host more US minions :)))))))))) hopefully they feel… Read more »

Alex M
Alex M
2 years ago

Well, Ukraine helped to create CIS, but it’s not actually a member.
It’s a common mistake though.

Sasha
Sasha
2 years ago
Reply to  Alex M

True! Ukraine is NOT a member of CIS and officially never was

Tori
Tori
2 years ago
Reply to  Alex M

The Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS; Russian: ??????????? ??????????? ??????????, ???, tr. Sodruzhestvo Nezavisimykh Gosudarstv, SNG), also called the Russian Commonwealth (to distinguish it from the English-speaking Commonwealth of Nations[4]), is a political and economic confederation of 9 member states and 2 associate members, all of which are former Soviet Republics located in Eurasia (primarily in Central to North Asia), formed following the dissolution of the Soviet Union. Georgia withdrew its membership in 2008, while the Baltic states (Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania), which regard their membership in the Soviet Union as an illegal occupation, chose not to participate.

Tori
Tori
2 years ago
Reply to  Tori

Ukraine, not signing the CIS Charter of Ukraine dated January 22, 1993, is de jure not a member state of the Commonwealth, but has the status of the founding state and the CIS member state. Since April 2014, Ukraine’s cooperation within the CIS has been minimized. Ukraine has come out of a number of multilateral agreements within the CIS and has stopped membership in many bodies of industry cooperation

harut
harut
2 years ago

Shame … Where is Georgia ????

The Scorpio
The Scorpio
2 years ago

My favorites out of this bunch definitely are Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan andTurkmenistan.

Ron
Ron
2 years ago
Reply to  The Scorpio

Dead!

Esc lover
Esc lover
2 years ago

I chose Armenia. Sevak nailed the song

Troy
Troy
2 years ago

This polls are so contrived. You must be running out of ideas to keep the clicks flowing.

AM casablancas
AM casablancas
2 years ago

Undoubtedly Ukraine, the rest barely scratch the top 20 for me

blondoybc
blondoybc
2 years ago

For me, it’s clearly Armenia (in my top 10), followed by Ukraine (16)…the rest are a disappointment and don’t even make my top 20! Overall, the CIS countries are relatively weaker than other years.

Pandaman
Pandaman
2 years ago

Completely honestly, I’m far from loving any of those. All seem to be missing something.

Poppy
Poppy
2 years ago

I love broken english, is very charming, but if you want to be so exigent about this, the truth is the singer with no.1 broken english is Netta. When she is dressed in black in front of the looper ans sings ”Hey, I think you forgot how to play
My teddy bear’s running away”, I can hear only ”ta ta ta ta ta ta”. I love Netta and hope she will win, but if you want to be so ”english language police” at least be fair.

MESA
MESA
2 years ago
Reply to  Poppy

How is that broken English? It sounds like you’re just talking about staccato.

Poppy
Poppy
2 years ago
Reply to  MESA

I’m talking about how she sings the words ”Hey, I think you forgot how to play My teddy bear’s running away”. But is lovely, and we never heard this song live, so we must wait.

Yaa
Yaa
2 years ago
Reply to  Poppy

It’s on purpose! She want’s to acheive an ethno feeling with a “from the hood” vibe.

Eve
Eve
2 years ago
Reply to  Yaa

Yes, her accent in that part reminds me kinda of African or Jamaican accent, I think too that is on purpose..

Dean
Dean
2 years ago

With the Commonwealth Games about to start you should do a poll of best Commonwealth entry: UK, Australia, Malta and Cyprus!

Rebecca
Rebecca
2 years ago

Too simple poll )
1. Ukraine
2. Azerbaijan
3. Armenia
4. Russia or Belarus
5. Moldova

Ffs
Ffs
2 years ago

They’re ALL crap !

FU
FU
2 years ago
Reply to  Ffs

You suck dog balls.

Schuyler
Schuyler
2 years ago

none of the above

Porky
Porky
2 years ago

Ukraine in my top 10 and i hope Belarus and Armenia will qualify …

Eve
Eve
2 years ago

Belarus

Rose
Rose
2 years ago

I think I like only Azerbaijan and Ukraine out of these countries.

PP
PP
2 years ago

1.Belarus
2.Ukraine
3.Moldova

Sabrina
Sabrina
2 years ago

Voted for Armenia (solid song, singer and good prospects about the staging) and Ukraine (charismatic singer and cool staging, even if I’m still on the fence about his song and worried about his English).

Azerbaijan is generic, but it turns out that I started enjoying it after listening to it a few times.

Nick
Nick
2 years ago

i voted for hotties… as always..lol
Alekseev and Melovin are cutie pies and Sevak is sexy bear

AngieP
AngieP
2 years ago

Ukraine and Armenia the best here!

Tarilaralay
Tarilaralay
2 years ago
Reply to  AngieP

Damn right!)

Josh Kennon
Josh Kennon
2 years ago

1. Ukraine
2. Armenia
3. Moldova
4. Russia
5. Azerbaijan
6. Belarus

HoneyBS
HoneyBS
2 years ago

ALEKSEEV, nothing more. ?

LoveWave
LoveWave
2 years ago

1. Armenia – pure emotion.
2. Azerbaijan – weak-catchy song
They both have good vocals, especially Sevak. I am not sure about Aisel staging, but Sevak’s stage will slay (as always Armenia slays in stagings)
___

The others : meh.

Abbey
Abbey
2 years ago

1. Ukraine, my favourite song this year
2. Belarus, my top 5
3. Armenia, such a strong entry like it so much
4. Moldova, it fun but not like Sunstroke, no final
5. Russia, really dissapointig for me I like Julia but this song is not so good or interesting
6. Azerbaijan, one od my favourite Eurovision country’s but this is the worst song ever and I dont want see this in final.

Mattias Sollerman
Mattias Sollerman
2 years ago

I hadn’t heard about the Commonwealth of Independent States before. Thanks for bringing my attention to this term. Too bad Georgia isn’t a member.

Pandaman
Pandaman
2 years ago

Yep, they withdrew in 2008 because of the conflicts between them and Russia. Wiwibloggs educates!

JessND
JessND
2 years ago

I voted for X My Heart, such a party song. Go Azerbaijan! Moldova is a guilty pleasure for me. 😀

Marina
Marina
2 years ago

Belarus – Alekseev – Forever
The best song and the best singer.

Weißbrot
Weißbrot
2 years ago
Reply to  Marina

”best singer” in what kind of parallel universe are you living?

R
R
2 years ago

Armenia is the best of the bunch!

Ana
Ana
2 years ago

“Forever”, 1st version.
If not… “Under The Ladder”.

Anna from Latvia
Anna from Latvia
2 years ago

So, my top 6 from CIS is: 1)Ukraine 2) Armenia 3) Moldova 4) Azerbaijan 5) Belarus 6) Russia Apart from Ukraine and Armenia I really don’t think that any of these countries will reach a particularly high result, because none of the songs have stuck with me after listening to them for couple of times. I’ll have to wait for the live performances, though. P.S. As for the commentators, who think that Georgia and Baltic States are part of the CIS – Sebastian is using the right terms, you’re not. Yes, all four of these countries were a part of… Read more »

Clément
Clément
2 years ago

Why you don’t make a poll for Balkan countries?

Gretta
Gretta
2 years ago

Ukraine in my top 5 this year and i like Sevak’ voice too.. the others are meh…

GiorgosGRC
GiorgosGRC
2 years ago

Voted for Azerbaijan. I don’t like other songs.

Billy Bob
Billy Bob
2 years ago

Ukraine is the best! Melovin is great artist! Cant wait for his clip next week:)))
Also i love Belarus and Azerbaijan …and where is Georgia’ entry? It was part of USSR as well as i remember from the school lol

apple
apple
2 years ago
Reply to  Billy Bob

Georgia was part of the USSR but has nothing to do with CIS, just like the Baltic countries. Instead, they are growing ties with the EU.

Chiara
Chiara
2 years ago

Ukraine BY FAR
My winner of this year, love Melovin and his song <3
So excited for the music video

Kris
Kris
2 years ago

Three of them in my Top 20…1 in Top 10
The other three are in bottom 10

Yaa
Yaa
2 years ago

If you say former soviet republics, this means also Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia. And Georgia, of course.

D
D
2 years ago
Reply to  Yaa

No, the Baltic States were independent countries that were illegally taken over by the USSR in the 1940s, and then had their independence restored in the 1990s. They barely ever take part in Russian-led organizations and instead are western nations (pro-NATO, pro-EU). Many western governments such as the US and EU view the annexation as illegal and still considered the Baltic States to be independent throughout Soviet times.

Georgia is definitely a former Soviet Republic but they left the CIS when they went to war with Russia in 2008/09.

Yaa
Yaa
2 years ago
Reply to  D

I agree with you! But they are still former Soviet countries.

Kyna
Kyna
2 years ago
Reply to  D

Omg thank you for clearing out to him for me. I was too triggered to clarify it, history is important y’all 😀

Dan
Dan
2 years ago
Reply to  D

This explanation is much appreciated 🙂 Didn’t even know CIS was a grouping.

NscoN
NscoN
2 years ago

I wanted to vote for Georgia but it seems that Wiwibloggs has rewritten history.

M_K
M_K
2 years ago
Reply to  NscoN

Georgia left the CIS 2008/2009 due to the ongoing war.

James
James
2 years ago
Reply to  NscoN

No they havent. Georgia are not part of CIS. There are 9 members of which only the 6 mentioned in the article are in Eurovision.

NscoN
NscoN
2 years ago
Reply to  NscoN

Thanks,my mistake.

Miguel
Miguel
2 years ago

None.

gj
gj
2 years ago

Moldova is my only tip from these. Ukraine is seriously overrated.

Purple Mask
Purple Mask
2 years ago

Q: Is Mélovin recording a music video for “Under The Ladder”? Is that what this Instagram post teases?: https://www.instagram.com/p/Bg6NNATjSaj/?hl=en

Kyna
Kyna
2 years ago
Reply to  Purple Mask

Yes it’s a music video. He has been posting several updates last week about it 🙂

Purple Mask
Purple Mask
2 years ago
Reply to  Kyna

Yeyyy! 🙂

Tarilaralay
Tarilaralay
2 years ago
Reply to  Purple Mask

The video is already shot, the premiere is set ~ at the middle of April and it will consist slightly revamped version of the song as well

Purple Mask
Purple Mask
2 years ago
Reply to  Tarilaralay

Yeyyyy! 🙂
Now if only Mélovin would come to London on Thursday…

KESC
KESC
2 years ago

Doesn’t Georgia have to be on the list as well, or am I wrong?

James
James
2 years ago
Reply to  KESC

Georgia is no longer in the CIS so would not be in this poll.

Jerusalem 2019
Jerusalem 2019
2 years ago

well, the CIS aren’t strong this year. Azerbaijan is the best among them I think.

Weißbrot
Weißbrot
2 years ago

And I actually think that these entries aren’t that bad! Belarus is in my top 5, Ukraine and Armenia are still in my top 20. Azerbaijan and russia are in my bottom 5 , but Moldova is quite okay. This isn’t the strongest year for them, but it’s alright.