Since Manizha won Russia’s national final and with it the ticket to represent Russia at Eurovision 2021, she has faced criticism, including from some who say her song “isn’t Russian enough”. But now the “Russian Woman” singer has responded with a hilarious video that discovers just what Manizha is made of.
The video takes the form of a mockumentary, in Russia but with optional English subtitles. The show is presented by an elegant lady (played by Manizha) rocking a blonde power bob. She’s determined to get to the bottom of how Manizha won the Russian national final.
The presentation mocks the idea that Manizha somehow “bought” her national final victory, selling it as an opportunity to escape Russia’s border closures — and with the offer of a free set of steak knives.
Then an expert, a Dr Veniamin, is called upon to answer the question “What is Manizha?” After breaking into her house, stealing her skeleton, and conducting scientific tests, the good doctor reveals the shocking truth.
The video concludes with a teaser for part two, jokingly promising to reveal how much Manizha paid Little Big to give up representing Russia at Eurovision 2021.
Russian stars support Manizha
While Manizha is facing criticism from some in Russia, former Russian Eurovision stars have given their support.
In a live stream, Dima Bilan said, “Manizha is a very capable musician. Whoever wrote things on the internet didn’t know Manizha.”
Russia’s Eurovision 2013 singer Dina Garipova said, “Viewers chose Manizha. That means, they fell in love, that she showed herself from a good side. We, who were sitting in the venue, liked the energy which came from Manizha.”
The United Nations‘ refugee agency UNHCR have also offered their congratulations. The agency wrote, “We’re proud to see that former refugee, Tajik-born singer and UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador Manizha has been chosen to represent Russia in this year’s Eurovision Song Contest after a national vote.”
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Manizha’s Eurovision 2021 song “Russian Woman” will be released on all platforms this Friday, 19 March.
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