She’s the American drag queen who conquered RuPaul’s Drag Race and All Stars with her comedic Russian persona. Now, Katya has paid homage to Ukraine’s Eurovision 2009 star LOBODA with the new song “Ding Dong!”.

This new track is a cover of LOBODA’s recent single “Boom Boom” and features on Katya’s debut EP Vampire Fitness.

Katya honours LOBODA in “Ding Dong!”

Katya, full name Yekaterina Petrovna Zamolodchikova, has increasingly shown her love for Ukrainian SuperSTAR LOBODA over recent months. The Drag Race star frequently features the Eurovision alum’s music in her Instagram stories – LOBODA has even occasionally re-posted videos of Katya singing her songs to her own stories.

Now, Katya has taken things a step further and included a cover of LOBODA’s most recent single “Boom Boom” on her debut EP. Katya’s version is titled “Ding Dong!”, which is a reference to a phrase that British make-up artist Val Garland uses on television show Glow Up.

Musically, it’s a faithful cover of the original. However, Katya has mixed the lyrics up a bit. Admittedly, LOBODA’s lyrics in “Boom Boom” were relatively nonsensical to begin with, but that gives Katya a lot of room to play around with them.

“Ding Dong!” retains the opening quote from French feminist writer Simone de Beauvoir, but then Katya proceeds to sing a series of words that somewhat describe herself: “White teeth / Red lips / Vibe check / Nice girl”.

In the original chorus, LOBODA lists off a number of female names who “want Boom Boom”. Katya replaces these names with those of various RuPaul’s Drag Race alumni: “Heidi will say dong too! / Katya crying ding dong! / Sasha crying ding dong! / Alaska crying ding dong! / We all cry ding dong!”.

Scroll down for the full lyrics

Katya (feat. Trixie Mattel) – “Ding Dong!”

LOBODA’s “Boom Boom” featured a rap verse from Russian rapper Pharoh. For her cover, Katya brought in the help of fellow Drag Race contestant and All Stars 3 winner Trixie Mattel. The two drag queens have been close friends since appearing on season seven of the show together and now host two popular web series – WOWPresents’ UNHhhh and Netflix’s I Like To Watch.

Katya revealed in an interview with BuzzFeed that Trixie’s featured section was originally supposed to be a banjo breakdown where Trixie would also rap. However, after deciding that didn’t really work, the All Stars 3 champion now recites a line from horror film The Silence of the Lambs instead.

LOBODA’s music videos are always a visual treat and Katya has emulated this for her own. There are many references to the original “Boom Boom” MV – Katya replicates two of the outfits that LOBODA wore herself and also uses a number of the dance moves from the original (there are no exploding heads though). The “Ding Dong!” clip only features Katya (and Trixie briefly), with most of it involving the Drag Race star dancing in front of various green screen backgrounds.

To confirm just how much Katya loves LOBODA, the music video finishes with the following message:

“Katya loves boom boom!

A loving parody & homage to the complex multi talents of the incomparable, the inimitable, the beyond-this-planet-beautiful legendary Slavic superstar Svetlana Loboda.

we all love boom too!

With special thanks and eternal gratitude to the legendary Val Garland. DIIIIIING DOOOOOOONG!”.

Katya and her love for LOBODA

Although Eurovision fans have known of LOBODA since her appearance at Eurovision 2009 singing “Be My Valentine (Anti-Crisis Girl)”, Katya’s love for the Ukrainian performer is a relatively recent thing. In her interview with BuzzFeed, the drag queen revealed that it was love at first listen:

““Boom Boom” came out in [July], and I was like – the song and the video, I was just so obsessed with. I learned about that singer, Svetlana Loboda, I think only in the last year. And I’ve just voraciously consumed everything she’s recorded, and I’m so obsessed with her.”

Despite LOBODA having re-posted a few of Katya’s Instagram stories, the Drag Race star isn’t sure the Eurovision 2009 singer truly knows who she is. In response to a question about whether LOBODA knew about “Ding Dong!”, Katya says:

“Well, I don’t know. I think so, but I’m not sure. Here’s the thing: She’s a huge star in Russia and in that part of the world. I don’t necessarily think that I’m on her radar. I know she’s reposted me on her Instagram a couple times, because I sometimes do a story of myself singing some of her songs. But I don’t know that she really knows and I’m a little bit nervous. If she hates it, I don’t want to know. Or if she’s offended, I don’t want to know. I’d just rather be ignorant. But I was literally seriously considering traveling to Russia soon to see her concert. I think I might still go next year if the COVID shit is easing down. But we’ll see.”

Katya is trying to stay realistic about her dream of meeting LOBODA, but would love for her to get more recognition in the United States. When posed with the thought of touring with LOBODA in the future, she states:

“Oh my God. I mean, she’s so legit. My dream is just to somehow, some way, to go to her concert, and then wiggle my way backstage and just meet her. But that’s all I have, dream-wise. Right now, I’m keeping it realistic. I feel like it’s a bummer that she has a few songs that are so great and they should be crossover hits, but I think Americans just don’t want to listen to anything in another language.”

Lyrics: “Ding Dong!” – Katya (feat. Trixie Mattel)

Russian text

[Verse 1]
Белый зубы
Красный губы
Vibe check
Nice girl
Crush, fanatic
Puta, rusa
Сучка
Boston!

[Chorus]
Девки скажет ding dong!
Ding dong!
Trixie скажет ding dong!
Ding dong!
Katya тоже скажет dong!

[Verse 2]
Разный колготки
Sex, неловкий
Я блондинка
Ты-ты-ты моя калинка
Oops, Pacoima
UNHhhh, California

[Chorus]
Люди плачут ding dong!
Ding dong!
Aja плачет ding dong!
Ding dong!

Heidi тоже скажет dong!
Katya плачет ding dong!
Sasha плачет ding dong!
Alaska плачет ding dong!
Мы все плачем ding dong!

[Verse 3: Trixie Mattel]
Ah Stacy, did Frederica ever mention a Jame Gumb?
Or a Jamie Gumb?
What about a John Grant?

[Bridge]
Bebe плачет ding dong!
Jackie плачет ding dong!
Kasha плачет ding dong!
Katya плачет ding dong!

[Chorus]
Raja плачет ding dong!
Ding dong!
Jaida плачет ding dong!
Ding dong!

Yvie плачет ding dong!
Roxxxy плачет ding dong!
Kim Chi плачет ding dong!
Katya плачет ding dong!
Мы все плачем ding dong!

Ding dong!

English translation

[Verse 1]
White teeth
Red lips
Vibe check
Nice girl
Crush, fanatic
Puta, rusa
B*tch
Boston!

[Chorus]
Girls say ding dong!
Ding dong!
Trixie will say ding dong!
Ding dong!
Katya will say dong too!

[Verse 2]
Different tights
Sex, awkward
I am blonde
You-you-you are my Kalinka
Oops, Pacoima
UNHhhh, California

[Chorus]
People cry ding dong!
Ding dong!
Aja crying ding dong!
Ding dong!

Heidi will say dong too!
Katya crying ding dong!
Sasha crying ding dong!
Alaska crying ding dong!
We all cry ding dong!

[Verse 3: Trixie Mattel]
Ah Stacy, did Frederica ever mention a Jame Gumb?
Or a Jamie Gumb?
What about a John Grant?

[Bridge]
Bebe crying ding dong!
Jackie crying ding dong!
Kasha crying ding dong!
Katya crying ding dong!

[Chorus]
Raja crying ding dong!
Ding dong!
Jaida crying ding dong!
Ding dong!

Yvie crying ding dong!
Roxxxy crying ding dong!
Kim Chi crying ding dong!
Katya crying ding dong!
We all cry ding dong!

Ding dong!

What do you make of “Ding Dong!”? Would you like to see Katya and LOBODA perform together at some point in the future? Sound off in the comments below!

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Zach
Zach
2 days ago

Haven’t watched svetlana in the past year or two but loved her ever since 2009, i do wish she had more recognition even in her native Ukraine. I still think Be my valentine is one of the best from 2009, i love this even though i’m gay and american i don’t watch drag race other than clips here and there but I love that Eurovision has an impact on the american gay/drag community. Also question for any Eurofans of Loboda out there, I remember years ago seeing her early work being copied/covered by I think a Serbian singer does anyone… Read more »

Nikki
Nikki
2 days ago

I do kind love how, at least around the people I know, the Eurovision and Drag Race Nerds Venn diagram is almost a perfect circle.

How about yours?

Demi Lovato's Arm
Demi Lovato's Arm
2 days ago

Is Loboda still a huge star in Russia or in Ukraine alone?

Edin
Edin
3 days ago

Haha love Katya!
That was definitely a DING DONG!

Mish
Mish
4 days ago

Can someone explain why Loboda’s video has so many dislikes?

Ksygv
Ksygv
3 days ago
Reply to  Mish

The original song is a feminist anthem and has a very female-empowering video, which is not very well received in Russia, Ukraine, and some other Slavic countries because they’re very conservative.

Mish
Mish
1 day ago
Reply to  Ksygv

yeah I had a feeling it might be cis straight men way of bringing down an empowered women, nonetheless the song is a bop and Loboda is an icon