Russia is getting a national final for 2021. Russia’s broadcaster Channel One surprised many fans when they today announced the country’s first national final since 2012. In a press release sent out to Russian media, Channel One confirmed details about the brand new selection show that will be used to pick Russia’s act for Eurovision 2021.
At 20:00 Moscow Time on 8 March, the Russian broadcaster plans to hold a one-hour long television show to pick Russia’s entry. In a promo ad for the show, the broadcaster already suggested that there are more artists to pick from. Starring Little Big’s “Uno” music video dancer Dima Krasilov, the ad said: “On International Women’s Day, and on the first day of Maslenitsa, we will choose with the whole country who will go to Eurovision.”
?? This is the TV advert confirming that Russia's national selection for #Eurovision 2021 will air on March 8 at 20:00 Moscow time.
"On International Women's Day, on the first day of Maslenitsa, we are deciding with the whole country who is going to Eurovision." pic.twitter.com/XxnkzOJ3hZ
— wiwibloggs (@wiwibloggs) March 1, 2021
In its press release, Channel One reaffirmed that it is not only a matter of picking a song. It’s also a matter of picking an artist. This likely means that the broadcaster did not internally select Little Big with a national final to just choose their entry.
However, despite the appearance of Little Big’s dancer in the promotional video, at this stage, the broadcaster has not confirmed which act or acts will compete in the national final. Channel One did not hold open submissions for the national final. The only other large Russian act that showed interest in the contest was rapper Morgenshtern.
As reported by press agency TASS, viewers alone will decide the result of the Russian national final.
Entertainment director Yuriy Aksyuta says it was all planned
Channel One’s entertainment director Yuriy Aksyuta said in the press release that it had all been a conscious decision made a long time ago. Aksyuta said:
“In past years, we usually resorted to [an internal selection]. But this year, we all wanted viewers to have the final say. Viewers will be presented with compositions that will meet the Eurovision requirements.”
Details about potential artists or songs still remain in vain. What is known is that Moldova’s Eurovision 2021 hopeful Natalia Gordienko is set to perform her entry “Sugar”. Her superstar producer Philipp Kirkorov will appear too. Next to that, Eurovision 2004 contestant Yulia Savicheva will appear to talk about her own experiences.
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With just 60 minutes to fill in a television schedule jam-packed with old Russian films to celebrate the holidays, one cannot imagine a large number of participants, suggesting the contest may only involve a small number of acts.
While many countries have chosen to forgo their usual national final and internally select their act for Eurovision 2021, Russia joins France in introducing a new national final for 2021.
What do you expect from Russia’s national final? Do you think Little Big will present a song? Do you plan to watch it? Let us know in the comments down below!
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