Russia’s Eurovision selection process is usually kept secret each year. There are rumours, but the facts are always hidden. However the very popular Russian pop punk rave band LITTLE BIG recently revealed that they tried to fly the Russian flag in Israel, but the broadcaster’s preferences went to Sergey Lazarev and his “Scream”.

In an interview with Xenia Sobchak the band’s frontman Ilya Prusikin (aka Ilyich) mentioned that the band was ready for Eurovision and they even had sent their song to Eurovision maestro Philip Kirkorov, who is known for working with Russian Eurovision representatives. However, 2019 wasn’t LITTLE BIG’s year. In the end we witnessed the return of Sergey Lazarev, who took the honourable third place in Tel Aviv.

These are not just words. Ilyich also played a small teaser of the song that was sent to the Russian broadcaster. It has their signature dancing beat and unique sound production. You can listen to it in the above video from 3:10 to 3:40.

Later on, the whole band was on set of Russian radio station Avtoradio, where they talked more about Eurovision. They said that their reason for wanting to participate was mainly to have fun. They would have brought a performance that combined humour and satire.

However, when asked if they’d try again for the Netherlands, the band stated that their upcoming schedule is crazy and there would be no time for Eurovision next year. It is not something that LITTLE BIG desperately want to mark off their list, but they say if they got asked, they would have a great time with that opportunity.

Who are LITTLE BIG?

If you have not heard of the band before, they definitely are worth checking out. LITTLE BIG started off back in 2013 in Saint Petersburg and are known for their lively songs that use rave styles, punk, satire and humour. Their first song was “Everyday I’m Drinking“.

Since the beginning they were touring about Russia and Europe, collecting all kinds of nominations and awards. For example, they won the award for the most trashy music video twice at the Berlin Music Video Awards with “Big Dick” and “LollyBomb“.

But in 2018 they caught a viral success with their song “Skibidi”, which scored more than 250 million views on YouTube. Their songs are there for a good laugh. It is a satire, they are making fun of things. If it came to Eurovision, they would be remembered.

What do you think? Should LITTLE BIG represent Russia at Eurovision some day? Let us know in the commets below!

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Carlos
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Ouwww my poor ears hurt! But I do agree it is a very fun, perfect for Eurovision song that fans would have enjoyed

Darren
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Darren

I actually quite liked what I heard ….but of a bop.
Get them to Rotterdam next year thanks.

Bobby Crush
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Bobby Crush

I think this would have been the perfection we crave and demand. We must never spin the wheel of chance another time, we owe it to ourselves to secure a song of delight from this great beast of culture.

Ana
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Ana

Russia is a joke and don’t expect much of this sh!thole. The biggest competing country hires the same Greek dude every year to write them songs, and pairs him with THE SAME F^CKING KIRKOROV EVERY YEAR. I also love how nobody on Wiwi talks about the fact that Kirkorov is multiple times women abuser, basically the Soviet version of Chris Brown. But Wiwi are all over him. Talk about how Eurovision is about equality and tolerance if you don’t really give a sh!t about those values. Yeah sometimes he slaps a woman but he’s so entertaining!!
https://youtu.be/hNbH24XxBjc

Why
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Why

Why your comment doesn’t have more likes?
Look at second 0 . 43.
https://youtu.be/hNbH24XxBjc

Peters
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Peters

It’s like a joke entry for Belarus.

Gogo
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Gogo

Yeah, thats Russia and ESC needs, originality, own music… Not Kirkorov’s boring style every year. Timati, Yulia Volkova, this band… They have so many great artists, no more Kirkorov pls. And sing in Russian!

Rockfan
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Rockfan

POpravepunk! That would make a good musical dioversity for Russia. I certainly could wish they leave out all the rather generic samey popsongs they have entered recently. It’s strange. Before 2011, I think they have many good, distinctive, interesting and “authentic songs”. But after that…meh.

Jake
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Jake

Sorry, but Buranovskiye Babushki in 2012 were authentic and incredible. It was after then Russia stopped sending distinctive, unique acts.

Ron
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Ron

Will Philip Kirkorov and his “dream teams” write the song? Probably not…then Russia will [unfortunately] not choose them.

Joe
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Joe

Russia might want to keep them in mind for 2021. They ought to try and not take themselves seriously at least once, like with the Babushkis. Normally I recommend countries take the contest more seriously (cough UK cough) but Russia could stand to loosen up a bit.

Talula
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Talula

they are interesting and original but their live vocal is not good enough, it could be another NQ for Russia

Frisian esc
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Frisian esc

Say na na na…

Karlan
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Karlan

Little Big-it’s stronger version Twin Twin from ESC 2014.I would most like to see Alexander Panayotov primarily in 2020.

Peter
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Peter

Little Big seems fun but is targeting another public than that of Eurovision. They would probably not even reach the final, however original and interesting their entry would be.

Rockfan
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Rockfan

Well. All kinds of people watch ESC. So I don’t agree with the “targeting another audience” bit. Maybe many people will be pleased to hear something that different. But otherwise, I agree with you 🙂

INAMOO
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INAMOO

Yes! Bring back Rave in The Netherlands. Also The Netherlands should invite Die Antwoord in the contest to make it better.

Joe
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Joe

For whom? Aren’t they South African?

INAMOO
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INAMOO

They obviously are South Africans but don’t they have Dutch ancestry like the majority of the white South Africans there? I heard some people say that and would want them to represent The Netherlands in the contest if possible.

James
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James

If JESC is any indication, Russia is capable of sending a song through a national final and get respectable results. But I guess the two broadcaster feel that it’s in their interest to have creative control on who they send every year.

esc26
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esc26

I honestly think Russia is better in JESC than in ESC. They’re obviously very good at ESC too, but they are very often “overtrying” and send overproduced entries. Their JESC entries have more personality. I also like the Russian language, they should use it in ESC too. Maybe an ESC national final could fix this.

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This is why Russia needs to return to a national final. I’m tired of Russia sending personality-less songs bought by international songwriters. For a country with SO many interesting, talented artists, Russia deserves to show its real self and leave more of a mark on Eurovision. If Buranovskiye Babushki came 2nd, these guys for sure could have equaled that. From the small snippet I can tell this would have been an ICONIC entry. BRING BACK THE RUSSIAN NATIONAL FINAL!!!

Sergey
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Sergey

I don’t think we should make the national selection again. Because I’m almost sure that it will be looking as the selection in Belarus. And I’m absolutely sure that there will be corruption. Some rich dad will be paying for his son or daughter to let them participate at ESC. It won’t be honest.

sonicfan
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sonicfan

Still better than selection in Ukraine where honestly selected artist gets rejected

Rockfan
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Rockfan

totally agree with you 🙂

KESC
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KESC

I like Sergey but idk I feel like it was too early for him to return and not with the right song. 3rd place is of course a good placing, but considering he placed 9th in the juries and even 4th in the televotes, we can not really say that it was a huge success for him and Russia. What I wanna say is that the Russian broadcaster was probably too confident for a second victory that they probably have even cancelled out other strong candidates just for the sake of choosing Sergey. I have nothing returning artists, but I… Read more »

KESC
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KESC

*nothing against 🙂

Novak and Simona Wimbledon Best
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Novak and Simona Wimbledon Best

These people are crazy. Did they sent the song to Kirkorov? I have exclusive news about what Kirkorov did, without listening the song :
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Roelof Meesters
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Roelof Meesters

LOL Russia will be pushing for a win every year since Sergey Lazarev, I don’t think the would send a ‘joke’ act like Little Big to Eurovision.

Frisian esc
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Frisian esc

Not really. The only other act they’ve send since sergey is yulia samoylova. I’m curious to what russia’s next step will be though.

KESC
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KESC

Polina Gagarina? 😀
2015-Polina
2016-Sergey
2017/2018-Julia
2019-Sergey
2020-Polina

It’s probably Polina’s turn again 😀

Lait
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Lait

@KESC Polina Bogusevich 😉

Lolo
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Lolo

It would be great if Russia sends them but I don’t think this is happening