Russia usually keeps us in suspense and this year is no different. Channel One‘s CEO Konstantin Ernst has confirmed to press agency RIA Novosti that Russia will take a decision on its Eurovision 2020 artist by the end of February. Ernst added that the broadcaster hasn’t yet made up its mind.
When will Russia reveal its act for Eurovision 2020?
Channel One is one of the two broadcasters for Eurovision in Russia, alongside VGTRK. The two broadcasters alternate in choosing the Russian act. Channel One takes care of the act in the even years while VGTRK does it in the odd years.
While VGTRK is usually very early with artist announcements, Channel One is known to leave it late. Its most recent artists Julia Samoylova and Polina Gagarina were only announced in early March. It is therefore likely that the artist and song announcement will take place in March once again.
Who should represent Russia at Eurovision 2020?
Russian fans, of course, know who they want to see in Rotterdam and who they rather see give it a miss. In a poll launched by the Russian newspaper Komsomolskaya Pravda, including new artists and former Eurovision contestants, over thirty thousand people cast their vote.
Rave group Little Big came out on top with about a third of the votes. The St. Petersburg group, which calls itself “a satirical art collaboration”, is most known for its 2018 single “Skibidi”. Their latest single “Go Bananas”, which was released in November 2019, is less than three minutes long, making it eligible for Eurovision.
Russians have been enthusiastic about sending the group to Eurovision before, and petitions for that have appeared on change.org.
Songstress Zivert came second in the poll. Zivert has been considered one of the breakout stars in Russian pop since her 2018 single “Life”. With radio-friendly mid-tempo beats and a mix between Russian and English lyrics, Zivert slays the most important features of Russian pop music.
In a recent interview with Regina Todorenko, Zivert revealed that she wouldn’t mind going to Eurovision as long she remains in charge of the creative process herself.
She said: “To me it’s very important that, concerning the creative part, that nobody interferes there. Don’t give me some kind of stranger to arrange for me, write lyrics for me. If I go, I got to win. And you have do it greatly and powerfully.”
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