National selection season is approaching and we’re already marking up our calendars and booking leave so we can see our favourite countries choose their Eurovision 2020 singers. At the moment we have around half of the dates in the Eurovision 2020 calendar of events. Most of the songs will be revealed during February and March, while Belgium and Spain have already confirmed their artists.
And on Sunday, just hours after the Junior Eurovision finale, we learned new details about Russia’s 2020 selection process. Several Russian Eurovision fans sent us an Instagram Stories post from Iurii Aksiuta. He’s served as Russia’s Eurovision commentator on several occasions — from 2002 to 2007, and in 2011, 2013, 2015 and 2018.
He shared a photo of Tatyana and Denberel — Russia’s Junior Eurovision act — along with the following text: “Soon the next step in the Eurovision selections will start, which you have all been waiting for. Channel One will choose a participant in a closed selection.”
This shouldn’t be so surprising. Russia gone for internal selections from 2013 to the present. The last time there was a National Final — in 2012 — the Buranovskiye Babushki won (beating Dima Bilan!) before finishing second at Eurovision. Other artists chosen through the Russian national final system include Peter Nalitch with “Lost and Forgotten”, Anastasia Prikhodko with “Mamo” and Dima Bilan with “Believe”. All of them placed in the Top 15.
Alexander has been trying to get into the contest since 2005. He came second in 2007 in the internal selection, and then in 2008 he earned just two points less than Dima Bilan. In 2009 he tried to go for Ukraine, but came second again, falling to Svetlana Loboda by just one point.
Olga Buzova, a famous TV personality, recently claimed that her “next song in English I will sing on Eurovision!” Iurii Aksiuta told RIA Novosti that this is nonsense, while Channel One refused to comment on the matter. Olga went even further, asking Filipp Kirkorov on Instagram to join her in Eurovision 2020 for a duet.
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