It’s the national final that’s shrouded in mystery. And, at the time of writing, we don’t even know what acts or songs are in the running to represent Russia at Eurovision 2021. However, one thing is certain. The selection show will air tonight, Monday 8 March, on Russia’s Channel One at 18:00 CET. Here’s how you can watch online.
Little Big are confirmed to appear. However, it remains to be seen whether they’ll competing or just making a guest appearance.
Watch Russia’s Eurovision 2021 national final online
Grand Final | Natsionalnyi otbor — Monday 8 March
Time: 18:00 CET to 19:00 CET
Channel One will stream the programme on its online player.
Typically, the on-demand player is geo-blocked for viewers outside Russia. However, restrictions are not expected to be in place during the selection’s runtime.
Russia’s national selection for Eurovision 2021
Russia is getting a national final for 2021. Russia’s broadcaster Channel One surprised many fans when it 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 will 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.”
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.
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