Russia‘s broadcaster Channel One has been keeping quiet regarding their entry for Eurovision 2021. But now local media are ready to name names. According to Russian news site 360.tv, Russian group Little Big have been given the return ticket to Rotterdam.
It’s not out of the ordinary for Russia’s two Eurovision broadcasters to keep quiet about their Eurovision plans. And nor is it surprising when news starts to leak in the media.
According to 360.tv’s source, rave band Little Big has been internally selected to represent Russia at Eurovision 2021. The group was previously internally selected to represent Russia in 2020 with the song “Uno”.
But 360.tv’s source also claims that their song for Eurovision won’t be internally selected. The source says a national final will be held, where Little Big will present “several songs” and the Russian public will vote for their favourite.
The national final is supposedly set for Monday 8 March and will be presented by television host and regular Russian Eurovision commentator Yana Churikova. Yana currently hosted a weekly Eurovision-themed YouTube show so there is speculation this will also be used as the national final.
It is important to note that at this stage, Channel One, Little Big and the EBU have NOT confirmed any details of this so it remains media speculation.
Will Little Big represent Russia at Eurovision 2021?
Little Big were originally confirmed to represent Russia at Eurovision 2020. They were due to perform the song “Uno”, complete with iconic staging involving flared trousers and a vogueing dancer with slick kung-fu moves.
The song fast become one of the hot favourites to win Eurovision 2020 — with the music video becoming most viewed video ever on the official Eurovision channel. But sadly Eurovision 2020 was cancelled and the group never had the chance to face the public vote.
In November, moustachioed frontman Ilya “Ilich” Prusikin revealed that the group had not automatically been reselected for Eurovision 2021. He was hedging his bets, saying “We may write a song in the near future, and we will send a few songs and if it works out we will go.”
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