Russia will hold its first national final since 2012 on 8 March. However, just one day out from the show, no acts or songs have been confirmed for the one-hour spectacle. Nevertheless, Russian fans and stars have suggested several names for the national final.
Potential acts for Russia’s national final
Little Big is set to appear in some shape or form, according to Konstantin Ernst. He also added that the entries of the participants are around the same level. However, it remains unclear whether the “Uno” hitmakers are among the participants. Although some media have suggested that Little Big are in the game, others write that the Petersburg group is out.
Earlier, the band cleared all the posts from their Instagram account. Subsequently, they uploaded a small and mysterious video on their page, showing them in a scene similar to the film Men in Black in which they erase dancer Dima Krasilov‘s memory. The description shows “08.03.2020”, the date of the national selection.
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Meanwhile, Russian press agency RIA Novosti asked several strongholds of the Russian music industry for their suggestions for the national final.
Singer Lolita said that she would love to see Little Big most of all. She explained:
“I saw a list [including the names of #2Mashi, Morgenshtern, Egor Kreed, Anton Belyaev and Niletto], which was shared in the media. It is a great list, all suitable people, but Eurovision has its trends. Morgenshtern is quite that perhaps, at Eurovision there was always a certain freak culture. Every single person is a freak for someone, so why not? I would send Little Big, and if not, I would vote for Anton Belyaev.”
Composer and New Wave founder Igor Krutoy told RIA Novosti that he felt that Morgenshtern would be an “exotic and usual choice”. He added:
“But I would personally sent Dimash [Kudaibergen], and he would have a good chance, although he doesn’t want to participate in contests anymore and for him, he would principly be a participant from Kazakhstan.”
Grigory Leps — one of Russia’s bestselling pop rock artists — repeated that he wanted to see Alexander Panayotov sing for Russia. In the past few years, Leps has supported his former The Voice mentee multiple times towards Eurovision participation. He calls Panayotov the “best singer in Russia currently”.
Alexander Panayotov reveals he was asked to submit songs
Speaking to RIA Novosti, Alexander Panayotov revealed that he did submit several songs to Channel One. In fact, the broadcaster asked the Ukrainian-born for star for entries. Panayotov said:
“There was a request from Channel One actually, we sent them songs, and not just one – songs of different genres, slow and quick-paced ones, but in the end… they are thinking. They have their own views and their own kind of plans.”
The singer is no stranger to sending songs to Eurovision selections. He has tried to sing at the contest as early as 2005. Panayotov finished second in both Russia’s national selection in 2008 as well Ukraine’s selection in 2009. In 2017, he was heavily rumoured to be Russia’s contestant for Eurovision as that contest was taking place in his birth country.
Whether Panayotov is among the participants and is seriously planning to go to Eurovision is doubtful. After all, the singer is currently engaged in a high-intensity weekly television show that is set to run until June.
What do you think? Who do you reckon to be among the finalists? Do you think Little Big will be in contention? Let us know in the comments below!
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Picture credits: Eurovision.tv, Morgenshtern Instagram, Wikipedia Commons at ru.wikipedia.org