Tonight Russia’s Channel One is letting its viewers choose its Eurovision 2021 entry. There will only be room for a few acts to take the stage, but the Russian press has rumoured an awful lot of names. We have summarised the names being whispered the most.

Speaking during a Russian morning show, Yuriy Aksyuta revealed that the public can start voting as soon as the names are revealed.

The show will include several guest performances. Eurovision 2020 act Little Big will be performing as well as Natalia Gordienko with her hit “SUGAR”. We are also set to see Dima Bilan, Polina Gagarina, Philipp Kirkorov, and Dmitry Koldun.

Russian tabloid website Super.ru published a shortlist earlier that included Egor Kreed and Morgenshtern. Rumours rose to a new level earlier today when Russian Eurovision mircoblog eurovision.daddy showed what appeared to be rehearsal footage with Manizha, #2Mashi and TherrMaitz.

Rumoured acts for Russia’s Eurovision 2021 national final

Manizha

29-year-old Manizha was born in Dushanbe, Tajikistan. After the Tajik Civil War, her family relocated to Moscow. She first dipped her toe in the music business back in 2009. Performing under the name the name Ru.Kola, she showed great promise with “Neglect”. In 2018, she became the first Russian artist to be given the “Deezer Next” treatment. Deezer is a French-based music streaming service and their “Next” initiative highlights the music of select artists from around the globe through increased exposure in playlists. Her current and unique sound combines soul with traditional and electric flair. Despite all the mixing and matching, during an interview in 2018, Manizha told us her music is “super simple, music from my heart, that’s all” and that it reflects “realness.” A woman of our own heart.

#2Mashi

#2Маши (pronounced as “Dve Mashi”, meaning “two Mashas”) is a musical duet between Mariya “Masha” Zaitseva and Mariya “Masha” Sheikh. The two Mashas met each other during a holiday in Thailand and found that their hobbies and music tastes were alike. So alike that they decided to start a collaboration, making music with pop, easy-listening and dance elements. The duo broke through with the song “Bosaya” in 2018, and its music video was among the top 20 most watched music videos in Russia’s TopHit charts for almost nine months straight. Their commercial success didn’t stop there. With “Mama, ya tantsuyu”, the duo won the award for Best Dance Song at the 2019 Russian National Music Awards.

Anton Belyaev & Therr Maitz

Magadan-born Anton Belyaev (41) is mostly known as a singer-songwriter in his native country and as part of the indie group Therr Maitz, combining pop and lounge music. With that group, he won Best Russian Act at the 2016 MTV European Music Awards. As a solo artist, Belyaev rose to fame on Russia’s answer to The Voice, where he ended up in the semi-final. Although the artist sent in a candidacy for Eurovision in 2014, he later doubted whether Eurovision was good for him, telling Woman’s Day that the contest was a “pure zoo” in his eyes. In 2018, Belyaev was admitted to the Recording Academy, the organisation of music professionals that decide on Grammy nominations.

Egor Kreed

26-year-old Egor Kreed from Penza took Russia by storm in 2014 with the single “Samaya samaya”. Then signed with Timati‘s Black Star label, the singer broke through in a way that was new for the country: via streaming and radio rather than television festivals. Mixing light rap and singing, pop and hip hop, the singer popularised a totally new genre in his home country. Throughout the years, Egor has been rumoured and suggested for Eurovision multiple times. Next to his work in music, Egor is a gamer and YouTuber. Recently, he joined Channel One’s The Voice Kids as a coach.

Morgenshtern

23-year-old Alisher Morgenshtern from Ufa is rapper of half Russian, half Bashkir descent. At the age of nineteen, Morgenshtern started to become popular on YouTube for various provocative videos on music and lifestyle. Around the same time, he released his first original composition, which quickly became popular among his, mostly teen-based, following. By 2020, he was one of the most discussed and most streamed artists in Russia, sparking regular controversies around his exhoribant lifestyle and provocative image and songs. In the run up to the national final, Morgenshtern wrote on Instagram that he wanted to go to Eurovision.

Niletto

29-year-old rapper and singer Danil Prytkov – better known as Niletto – was born in Tyumen but grew up in Ekaterinburg. He first rose to prominence through the Russian singer-songwriter competition “Pesni”. In 2019, he officially broke through with “Lyubimika”, which reached #3 on the TopHit radio charts. A year later, he won Best Russian Act at the MTV European Music Awards. With his deep voice, Niletto offers music that combines elements of pop, hip hop and R&B.

Zivert

Before her music career, Yulia Zivert travelled the world as a flight attendant. In 2017, she released her first song “Chak” that attracted some attention from radio stations. Her definite breakthrough came in 2018 with the single “Life”, combining both Russian and English with a fresh sound. In 2019, Zivert scored major success with the single “Credo”, topping at one in Russia’s TopHit charts. She repeated that success in 2020 with the single “YATL”, which charted in Russia, Ukraine and Bulgaria. Last year, Zivert submitted a song to the Russian selection committee for Eurovision, but was reported to have finished second behind Little Big.

Cream Soda

Cream Soda is a relatively new act to the Russian music world. The Moscow duet only debuted in 2018, but achieved a large domestic hit during the first lockdown in Spring 2020 with “Plachu na techno” (“Crying under techno”) in collaboration with Klheb. For this song, they received the prize of Best Dance Song at the Russian National Music Awards. They have proved to be a name to be not forgotten by the Russian audience. Cream Soda combines modern dance music with elements of 1990s dance music. Their latest single, “Atomy”, is a good example of their music.

Who do you think should fly the flag for Russia? Is your favourite Russian artist among this list? Let us know in the comments below!

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sam
sam
1 month ago

MANIZHAAAA!!!! perfect choice in honor of womens day

justafan
justafan
1 month ago

Quite irrelevant but Måneskin debuted at number 52 in the Spotify global 200 chart (Madame was at 90 and Irama at 170)

Jake
Jake
1 month ago
Reply to  justafan

chiamami per nome at 91, Irama and Voce and Chiamami were my faves with Ora, Dieci, Gaia

Kris
Kris
1 month ago

Atleast they chose the best of the three

Nicolas
Nicolas
1 month ago

Manizha won !!!!

otis
otis
1 month ago

Is the first time that i have stuck waiting a national final to announce winner , just to know if the country will be with the 1st song 21-26 place or with the 2nd and 3rd song stay in semifinal jajaja

Davidinho
Davidinho
1 month ago
Reply to  otis

Do you have the same attitude towards all countries 🙂 ?

Grft
Grft
1 month ago

Do we have any news ..?

Kris
Kris
1 month ago
Reply to  Grft

All we have is news , lol

Nicolas
Nicolas
1 month ago
Reply to  Grft

The show will resume now for 10 minutes.

eurana
eurana
1 month ago

What do you think about Dima Bilan presentation, guys ?

Grft
Grft
1 month ago
Reply to  eurana

Nice playback

Kris
Kris
1 month ago
Reply to  eurana

Needs more training in acting to make it look like he is actually singing and not lip-synching , here it was a dead giveaway.

Satan
Satan
1 month ago

Does anyone know who will represent Poland?

Kris
Kris
1 month ago

All three songs are sub-par , don’t see Russia doing well this year

otis
otis
1 month ago

maybe they have seen the bettings odds colapsing and they had stopped the national final? jajajjaja

Vytautas
Vytautas
1 month ago
Reply to  otis

Or maybe they simply didn’t want to be compared with their last year’s entry? I see many returning artists to be compared with one of the harsher: “On Fire” vs “Discoteque”, “Tears Getting Sober” vs any other Victoria’s song, “Alcohol You” vs “Amnesia” as the most awful examples of how fans cannot move on. I liked “Uno” although Little Big is a bit too extreme to my taste. I guess, only time will tell if returning artists made a better decision against those who decided not to (Queen Ulrikke!).

Tom
Tom
1 month ago

Polish song apparently dropped in demo version. It’s actually quite ok https://youtu.be/CCkbBw4miPI

Benny Hill
1 month ago
Reply to  Tom

It’s actually good. Dua Lipa vibes.

But it doesn’t suit him at all. He’s more of a lounge singer.

Hopefully they’ll pick a woman to sing this.

Tom
Tom
1 month ago
Reply to  Benny Hill

I agree woman will be better suited

otis
otis
1 month ago
Reply to  Tom

this song isnt dua lipa at all. are you serious? dua lipa has 80s with up to date sound. not a disco 80s only melody 😛

Benny Hill
1 month ago
Reply to  otis

You’re joking, right? I thought the beginning was Dua Lipa’s Physical.

otis
otis
1 month ago
Reply to  Benny Hill

yes cause the 10seconds of beggining of a song is enough to critisise all the songs jajaja the rest is only 80s and nothing more! and dua lipa is not 80s… is up to date music with 80s elements!!!

Nicolas
Nicolas
1 month ago
Reply to  Tom

quite generic.

Benny Hill
1 month ago
Reply to  Tom

Funny enough when I clicked on the link, one of the artists recommended below this is Clodie. I can actually see it, even though it’s not their usual rock pop…

Mr Vanilla Bean
Mr Vanilla Bean
1 month ago

Interesting. They left us without revealing the winner and are showing the news. Was the result not what they wanted? lol Does anyone speak Russian here? What did the Little Big guy say when he was interviewed as to why they aren’t participating this year?

onemage
onemage
1 month ago

Little Big said it was their and Pervyj Kanal decision. They also didn’t want their song to be compared to last year’s. The results will be after the news.

Mr Vanilla Bean
Mr Vanilla Bean
1 month ago
Reply to  onemage

Thanks, guys. I figured as much. Very diplomatic.

Samo
Samo
1 month ago

It’s just a typical Russian mess, the show overran the scheduled time and someone decided to just the next programme in. If they didn’t like the result, they would simply announce the winner they like.

Last edited 1 month ago by Samo
matte
matte
1 month ago

Probably they decided to extend the time because the amount of received SMS wasn’t as big as they expected (=less money).

Jamie
Jamie
1 month ago

Little big just said that they will not be representing Russia in 2021 Eurovision. Then the host thanked for all that they’ve done for the country. And that’s pretty much it.

eurana
eurana
1 month ago

Just Watching body behavior I say that they have concerts in that May week.

sam
sam
1 month ago

san marino is now 10th in the odds

Nick
Nick
1 month ago
Reply to  sam

so cool 😀

Nicolas
Nicolas
1 month ago

Wait , what happened ? They cut the show for the news WTF ???

Jamie
Jamie
1 month ago
Reply to  Nicolas

Just Russian TV things. They cut to news for no reason at all. Always.

Nick
Nick
1 month ago
Reply to  Nicolas

they probably rigged the results… I wouldn’t be surprised lol

Pandaman
Pandaman
1 month ago
Reply to  Nicolas

Literally what also happened Estonian selections… they are just showing news while the votes are still being sent/calculated.

Benny Hill
1 month ago
Reply to  Nicolas

They’re ‘counting’ the votes. 😛 Probably calling Putin as well. 😀

Nick
Nick
1 month ago
Reply to  Benny Hill

LMAO!

Sven
Sven
1 month ago

oh wow, I’m afraid with these songs Russia can stay in semi again, especially knowing how strong first semi is ….

Last edited 1 month ago by Sven
Teddi
Teddi
1 month ago
Reply to  Sven

I’m not afraid, I’m glad 😀

Benny Hill
1 month ago

Both Russia and Poland are dropping in the betting odds. Oh, what a surprise…!

Jamie
Jamie
1 month ago
Reply to  Benny Hill

Why Poland? Leaked?

Benny Hill
1 month ago
Reply to  Jamie

I think it’s because of the Brzozowski rumours getting more and more intense.

Ashton Schier
Ashton Schier
1 month ago

are yall serious in this comment section? all the songs are amazing I- how are these weak in any universe?

Samo
Samo
1 month ago

All the songs are weak. I would really love to know the story behind this year’s mess. I imagine someone dropped at the last minute?

But damn, finally a selection with audience. That makes up for bad songs, lol.

KRM
KRM
1 month ago

Well, out of the 3, Manizha is the best imo cause I really like that Tajik instrumental which sounds a bit Turkish to me.

However, overall, this is a big disappointment and I am not even sure if any of these 3 songs will be able to qualify in Rotterdam.

Last edited 1 month ago by KRM
eurana
eurana
1 month ago

Watching live Russia National final and I `d like to say: None of them will be in at least top 10. Little Big out in 2021.

zoliszekely
zoliszekely
1 month ago
Reply to  eurana

Top 10? Russia this year may stay in the semi’s.

Andrew
Andrew
1 month ago

And folks have been writing that i give misinformation about participants…

Teddi
Teddi
1 month ago

Songs are okay-ish, nothing as good as what Russia usually sends. I personally don’t think any of three songs we heard is worth or will qualify – especially being in First Semi Final where there’s already bunch of great songs pilled up. I don’t understand what was the point with having national final…

otis
otis
1 month ago
Reply to  Teddi

i really believe that they dont deserve final with these 3 songs. even if i like therr maitz but ok its a song that is not special enough for eurovision!!

MaelleForFra
MaelleForFra
1 month ago

Zivert of course.

Jamie
Jamie
1 month ago

All three songs are barely average. Why have they decided that this national final was a great idea?

otis
otis
1 month ago
Reply to  Jamie

Russia will be lower to san marino place in bets in 1 day at least jajaja

Last edited 1 month ago by otis
sam
sam
1 month ago
Reply to  otis

they already are

Jamie
Jamie
1 month ago
Reply to  otis

The odds are getting really red for them. I think Russia will be ditching the national final idea for a while after this.

otis
otis
1 month ago
Reply to  Jamie

ohhh already 4 positions down jajaja

Roman
1 month ago

Manizha ONE LOVE!

Last edited 1 month ago by Roman
otis
otis
1 month ago

I love Therr Maitz but i dont see any of them top5.. too bad 🙁 Russia for sure with these songs does not need to be so up in bettings. This is going to change so bad!!!

Sabrina
Sabrina
1 month ago

I feel a little betrayed that Russia was denying us a cool national final like this to push a bunch of safe entries in the previous years.

(Edit: Little Big being the exception, of course)

Last edited 1 month ago by Sabrina
sam
sam
1 month ago
Reply to  Sabrina

i wish more musically diverse countries such as russia had shows like sanremo, i know the history behind it but its so great to see so many artists eager to take part in a music festival and not try so hard to make everything fit the “eurovision mold”

Sabrina
Sabrina
1 month ago
Reply to  sam

Maybe asking for a Sanremo it would be too much, but there are countries with big music scenes that could offer good national finals, that’s for sure. Though it’s harder for this to happen when some are doing well with internal selections.

Honesty
Honesty
1 month ago
Reply to  sam

It won’t happen. Only regime loyal artists are allowed to represent Russia or enter their national selection. It’s rotten to a core.

Pandaman
Pandaman
1 month ago

So, what’s your opinions, Wiwifans? 😀

For me, Therr Maitz (a really interesting song) is way ahead of Manizha (I still liked her entry), which is way ahead of #2Mashi (it’s a… song).

sam
sam
1 month ago
Reply to  Pandaman

same ranking as you, i looooved both therr maitz and manizha but therr maitz would do the best at eurovision

Una
Una
1 month ago
Reply to  Pandaman

Therr Maitz – could stand out in a sea of female bops but the song is too calm and not interesting.
2Mashi – not interesting enough.
Manizha – super interesting with a brave message. Visually the most compelling.

Last edited 1 month ago by Una
aroncido
aroncido
1 month ago
Reply to  Pandaman

The first guy is pretty high quality but forgettable. The two girls were okay. The third act was amazing.

Teddi
Teddi
1 month ago
Reply to  Pandaman

Honestly whoever they choose I don’t see qualifying.

aroncido
aroncido
1 month ago

I can’t follow who is who but this girl who performed third I think is awesome.

sam
sam
1 month ago
Reply to  aroncido

MANIZHA! she is spectacular.. STRONG RUSSIAN WOMAN

Whisker
Whisker
1 month ago
Reply to  aroncido

Her name is Manizha!

kir
kir
1 month ago

Manizha reminds me of Jamala

Jamie
Jamie
1 month ago

Little big is out. They’ve confirmed it.

Ashton Schier
Ashton Schier
1 month ago

ok. ‘future is bright’ is just amazing.

Ashton Schier
Ashton Schier
1 month ago
Reply to  Ashton Schier

genuinely winner vibes omg

Sabrina
Sabrina
1 month ago
Reply to  Ashton Schier

Such a cool voice! It seems the final is indeed between the 3 showed in the picture taken by eurovision.daddy.

Marc
Marc
1 month ago

Niletto reminds me of Joey Essex if Joey Essex was a tattooed Russian rapper.

Colono
Colono
1 month ago

I think tonight we are gonna see how we desperately needed a Russian NF. All of these acts sound really promising.

And I need to mention that the Russian dudes in the pic are looking delicious.

Ashton Schier
Ashton Schier
1 month ago

ok, Therr maitz confirmed

Ashton Schier
Ashton Schier
1 month ago
Reply to  Ashton Schier

wait, this song is rly good omg

Pandaman
Pandaman
1 month ago
Reply to  Ashton Schier

Yeah! I don’t think Russia’s ever sent anything like this, it would be really cool if they won the selections!

Pandaman
Pandaman
1 month ago

It’s three songs, if I understood correctly now?

Isabel
Isabel
1 month ago

Is someone who speaks Russian watching the national final?

Sabrina
Sabrina
1 month ago

It’s like we’re going on a blind date with a national final.

Iván el Conquistador
Iván el Conquistador
1 month ago

This ceremony will be controversial because of Little Big, whether they appear or not there will be reactions.

Jamie
Jamie
1 month ago

They confirmed that they are out after their performance. I understand Russian.

Gulasch
Gulasch
1 month ago

This looks very promising. After seeing this, I’m not even mad Little Big is not included

sam
sam
1 month ago

HOLY CRAP! CREAM SODA, ZIVERT, MANIZHA??? those are literally my top 3 choices for russia this is gonna be AMAZING

Ashton Schier
Ashton Schier
1 month ago

omg Zivert submitted a song but lost to uno??? : (

Mr Vanilla Bean
Mr Vanilla Bean
1 month ago

So the voting starts before the songs have been performed? Strange concept. And it’s only one hour and they still need to shove Kirkorov down our throats?

Erasmus
Erasmus
1 month ago

I think it’s just the first three ?

canada_piano
canada_piano
1 month ago

super excited for zivert and therr maitz! sad about little big not being here

Benny Hill
1 month ago

And an hour for all of this? Wowser.