There has been little news from Russia in regards to their Eurovision 2020 participation for much of the season so far. However, in a big surprise announcement, broadcaster Channel One have revealed that Little Big will wave the Russian flag in Rotterdam this year.
Little Big to represent Russia at Eurovision 2020
Little Big are a pop-punk rave band from Saint Petersburg. The group is currently formed of members Ilya Prusikin, Sonya Tayurskaya, Anton Lissov and Sergey Makarov. They’re known for their lively songs that use rave styles, punk, satire and humour.
The group started off back in 2013 and their first song was “Everyday I’m Drinking“. Little Big have toured across much of Russia and Europe, and collected numerous 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“.
In 2018 they caught viral success with their song “Skibidi”, which has scored more than 360 million views on YouTube. Their songs are there for a good laugh. It is a satire, they are making fun of things. One thing’s for certain, at Eurovision they will be remembered.
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Little Big have been on the top of many people’s wish lists for Eurovision. Wiwiblogger Mikhail included them as his choice in our Wednesday wish list series for Eurovision 2020, saying:
Many of you have already heard of this extraordinary band, LITTLE BIG. They and their ridiculously contagious songs have captured a lot of attention. They are pop punk rave band that makes fun of everything. They are widely popular in Russia. The whole country is dancing to “Skibidi” and laughing at their other hits. There are millions of views on their videos. They have already mentioned that they would like to perform at Eurovision, they even submitted a song for the 2019 edition. Choosing them would not be safe by any means, but there is no doubt that LITTLE BIG would make a performance for everyone to talk about.
Earlier this year, Russian newspaper Komsomolskaya Pravda ran a poll on who the public wanted to be their representative at Eurovision 2020. Over thirty thousand people cast their vote in the poll, which included new artists and former Eurovision contestants. Little Big came out on top.
Russians have been so enthusiastic about sending the group to Eurovision that petitions have even appeared on change.org.
Now, their (and our) wish has come true. Little Big will perform in the first half of the first semi-final of Eurovision 2020 on 12th May. Their song will be released at a later date.
Little Big’s previous attempt at Eurovision
Last year, the group revealed that they had tried to fly the Russian flag in Israel.
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.
When asked if they’d try again for The Netherlands, the band initially stated that their upcoming schedule is crazy and there would be no time for Eurovision next year. We’re very thankful to report that the group have changed their mind and found the time to slot Eurovision in.
What do you make of the announcement? Are you excited to see Little Big head to Eurovision for Russia? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!