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.

What do you think? Were you surprised by the scientific analysis? What other topics should Manizha explore? Tell us your thoughts below!

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EscFrek
EscFrek
1 year ago

Go girl, f*** the haters and win the contest! 12 points from Albania!

Charli Cheer Up
Charli Cheer Up
1 year ago

Can I just say how much she looks like Jessica Mauboy from Australia 2018?

Art
Art
1 year ago

There are like 25 songs this year that classify as “cringe.” This is not one of them.

ESC 21
1 year ago
Reply to  Art

This is one of them. Awfull

Art
Art
1 year ago

Probably my favourite this year! Can’t wait for it to be available on streaming platforms!

Dolly
Dolly
1 year ago

Awful song

ESC 21
1 year ago
Reply to  Dolly

Yes. Awful

Sabrina
Sabrina
1 year ago

Loved it! Such a creative way to mock her haters and use them as a punchline for some self-promotion.

Helene
Helene
1 year ago

Do you have translation of the lyrics? The title makes me wonder.

Helene
Helene
1 year ago
Reply to  Helene

Since the lyric is important in this song. I would like to understand what she says before I can say if I like it or not.

Samo
Samo
1 year ago
Reply to  Helene

It’s available on LyricsTranslate.

Marseille
Marseille
1 year ago

I love this woman.

Erik
Erik
1 year ago

This makes me wonder a lot about how different topics are covered in Russia. They show a sign of BLM when stating us capitol was stormed. Is that a joke in itself or is that a common concept in Russia?

Kpow
Kpow
1 year ago
Reply to  Erik

It was an illustration for public riots, snapshot with Capitol came later.

Erik
Erik
1 year ago
Reply to  Kpow

Ok. It still seems a bit misplaced. Wasn’t there some of the largest protests in Russia in decades during 2020? I’m not sure they were included

Ant
Ant
1 year ago
Reply to  Erik

Ahahah ofc they weren’t

Last edited 1 year ago by Ant
Nadja
Nadja
1 year ago
Reply to  Erik

The media in Russia portrays the BLM the same way as Gay pride parades, it’s “quirky joke” or “embarassing”. Fellow russian here Kpow here said in the previous article (the one about Efendi) how he sees cultural appropriation and it pretty much shows how some people think about these things, and it’s mostly because these movements come from western countries.

It is sad to say but many people close their eyes because national pride is seen as the only thing that matters. 🙁

Whisker
Whisker
1 year ago

Brilliant!

sam
sam
1 year ago

i’ve been a huge fan of manizha for years and she’s been my top choice for russia since 2017 so i’m over the moon that she’s finally representing them. i think this is really going to surprise in may. she is a beautiful person and an amazing artist, i love her album manuscript but i honestly wish that her song at ESC was more like her song “about you” … it’s absolutely ethereal

Last edited 1 year ago by sam
Max
Max
1 year ago
Reply to  sam

Me toooooo!!! I love her!

GrantK
GrantK
1 year ago

“Song” what a laugh it’s mostly screaming and literal shouting, absolute garbage rot in the semis.

Jonas
Jonas
1 year ago
Reply to  GrantK

I assume you can translate the lyrics for us and outline all your problems for us, thank you.

Heartbeater
Heartbeater
1 year ago

Manizha song was way better then the other songs in the National final the fact that it was even close because all the other songs was because they were a song and that’s it

Joe
Joe
1 year ago

We don’t deserve an icon like Manizha. If the song itself wasn’t already proof that she has a razer-sharp wit, this solidifies it.

Teddie
Teddie
1 year ago

I watch ESC since early 90’s and I think that the golden era is 2016

Ende
Ende
1 year ago
Reply to  Teddie

Same

Doris
Doris
1 year ago
Reply to  Teddie

One of the worst full of generic songs except the winner.

ESCFan2009
ESCFan2009
1 year ago
Reply to  Teddie

Such a good year with so many high-quality songs <3

Nathan
Nathan
1 year ago

It was so “unpredicted” decision to choose song named “Russian Woman” on the national final that was running on… hmm 8 march – international woman day :)) all the ladies and drunk men ofcourse voted for this song…

Erik
Erik
1 year ago
Reply to  Nathan

I hope you’re joking. Women’s rights concerns everyone. Normal men support human rights. Drunk men can act stupid

Well
Well
1 year ago

Go Manizhaaa.. I support you!!!

Reus
Reus
1 year ago

Nobody hates Russia’s Eurovision entries more than the Russian people.

Alexander
Alexander
1 year ago
Reply to  Reus

Alas, that’s true. #Samoylova

Last edited 1 year ago by Alexander
kohen
kohen
1 year ago

she will be a dark horse when the rehearsals start

Roman
Roman
1 year ago
Reply to  kohen

100%, I feel same too

lasse braun
lasse braun
1 year ago
Reply to  kohen

agree but i see this year 2 more – latvia & portugal. 🙂

12345
12345
1 year ago
Reply to  lasse braun

*reads Portugal*
*rolls on the floor laughing*

Kay
Kay
1 year ago

She will qualify and place top 15. She slayyyyy

OberonYronwood
OberonYronwood
1 year ago

Whats the golden era of eurovision?

Reus
Reus
1 year ago
Reply to  OberonYronwood

I think he means the era of ethnic bops? Qele Qele, Apricot Stone… etc

12345
12345
1 year ago
Reply to  Reus

Exactly

12345
12345
1 year ago
Reply to  OberonYronwood

The era of the ’00s and early ’10s. When the contest was full of ethnic bops and diversity.

Ende
Ende
1 year ago
Reply to  OberonYronwood

You are the golden era of Wiwibloggs !

Isa
Isa
1 year ago

Off : pls write about Tornike’s latest post on his personal FB account. He’s a total j*rk lol

Last edited 1 year ago by Isa
Whisker
Whisker
1 year ago
Reply to  Isa

What did he say exactly? Apparently something very offensive about ESC?

Okan idu?
Okan idu?
1 year ago

Good job Manizha. I enjoyed how she fight back the stupid arguements instead of apologizing with a teary eyes. It shows guts. She is as strong as her song claims Russian Women are.

Fionn
Fionn
1 year ago

why are the comments blocked on the previous post? we want to show our support for vasil!

Chris
Chris
1 year ago
Reply to  Fionn

Probably some stupid nationalists from Bulgaria, North Macedonia and Greece started a fight somewhere… That’s why they blocked the comments.

Rose
Rose
1 year ago
Reply to  Chris

This is why we can’t have nice things.

Lorenzo Celli
Lorenzo Celli
1 year ago

Good job girl, show them what you’ve got

Jang
Jang
1 year ago

She’s in my ever changing top 5

Briekimchi
Briekimchi
1 year ago

That was actually really funny.
They broke into her house and stole her skeleton….

kir
kir
1 year ago

Nice touch. Hope she’ll polish her perfomance and pull it off.

Ashton Schier
Ashton Schier
1 year ago

as she should