The Wiwi Jury — our in-house panel of music unprofessionals — are combing through the 2010s, choosing the cream of the crop from the top three placers from all ten contests of the decade. So many of the artists we’re reviewing are full of youth (hey, Kristian Kostov!), or high-energy dance moves, but today we come to review the group containing the oldest participant ever in Eurovision history, Russia’s Buranovskiye Babushki with “Party for Everybody”
Come on and DANCE! When the Buranovskiye Babushki were selected to represent Russia (beating past contest winner Dima Bilan into second place, we might add), not many people expected them to turn up on stage in Baku with a revolving oven, baking cookies during the song. Nor for them to have the crowd dancing like there was no tomorrow. Yet the grannies also managed to achieve another unexpected thing: being the runners-up of the contest.
As the only novelty song in our list of the Wiwi Jury of the 2010s, we have to say well done for doing as well as they did, and for raising all that money and awareness for building a church in their hometown of Buranovo. Are we loving the kitsch or do we just want this party to stop? Read on to find out!
Buranovskiye Babushki – “Party For Everybody”
“Party For Everybody” reviews
Robyn: In a way, the victory of “Euphoria” in 2012 killed off songs like “Party For Everybody”. Loreen’s slick pop jolted the contest forward into the new decade and meant that goofy novelty pop had a less secure place in the contest. But let’s not forget that “Party For Everybody” came second. The Babushki delivered an incredibly fun performance and perhaps is the last great pure novelty Eurovision entry.
Jonathan: A fun-filled upbeat party anthem tinged with a bit of traditional Russian instrumentation: yes, please and thank you! Out of all four of Russia’s entries in this Wiwi Jury, “Party For Everybody” in a way stands out as the most authentic. There’s a charm in the Buranovskiye Babushki’s performance that warms your soul just as much as the baked goods in their rotating oven. Even if you think the performance is a bit gimmicky, you have to respect the group of them for showing us all that you’re never too old to enjoy your life (and raise some money for your local community in the process).
Luis: The Babushki were arguably the last deliberate “meme” entry we’ve had at Eurovision that actually succeeded. “Party for Everybody” was all about good, healthy fun and it was bound for the top five since the very moment it was selected. While there’s nothing wrong with that, there’s also nothing particularly great about it. Modern-day Eurovision does not really need these kind of gimmicks. The distance between the 2012 winner and runner-up, more than a numerical matter, is related to the change of Eurovision era that brought the 2010s decade.
Russia's singing grannies ("Buranovskiye Babushki") have recorded their very own World Cup song. And it is frustratingly catchy… pic.twitter.com/bcIx646oRy
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Lukas: When Russia doesn’t send songs about peace or Sergey they send amazing Babushkis who know how to put on a great party. This song and performance always been so cute and adorable to me that I am happy it got so many points and placed second overall. The staging was great it was unique and we all love that spinning oven thing. To this day, I still love this song.
Natalie: I really melt at the thought of what might have happened if it wasn’t for “Euphoria” and this had become the winner of Eurovision 2012. Not a pleasant idea, to say the least. I don’t even really like it at second place. Sure, it’s fun, it’s likeable, it has lots of colour and energy and those babushki have a great stage presence. But… it’s not really the kind of thing we want to encourage at Eurovision. Hugs from us, but the trophy is much better off in Loreen’s cabinet.
Charlotte: I will never forget about these cute, little, dancing and singing, cookie-baking Russian grandmothers. Vocally, it was not good but they managed to build an unforgettable show around this song. Honestly, I really don’t dare to say anything bad about this performance, because they are our little European grandmothers and I don’t want to disappoint my grandmother.
In the Wiwi Jury we have 24 jurors but only have room for six reviews. The remaining scores are below:
We have removed the highest and lowest scores prior to calculating the average. This is to remove outliers and potential bias. We have removed a low of 2 and a high of 9.5.
Wiwi Jury verdict: 6.05/10
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