Manizha to represent Russia with the song Russian Woman in Rotterdam

Manizha to represent Russia with the song Russian Woman in Rotterdam

This year’s most mysterious national selection, Eurovision Russia, has just concluded, with Manizha winning the ticket to Rotterdam with the song Russian Woman.

Listen to their entry here:

Last year’s participants, Little Big, begun the show with a performance of their song Uno, before confirming that they had chosen alongside Channel 1 to not return as representatives this year. They cited feeling the pressure to live up to the hype that Uno had generated and a desire to let another artist have the spotlight as the reasons behind their decision.

As a result, we heard three performances tonight, competing to win the public televote:

  • Therr Maitz – “The Future Is Bright”
  • 2Mashi – “Bitter Words”
  • Manizha – “Russian Woman”

The interval acts were provided by Russian 1995 representative and Eurovision stalwart Philipp Kirkorov, who performed Kolybelnaya dlya vulkana, and Russian 2015 representative Polina Gagarina, who performed A Million Voices. Eurovision winner Dima Bilan performed his entry Believe.

What do we think of Russia’s entry this year?

Jazzi – Rap is a rarity at Eurovision, so straight off the bag I am unsure how this will fare in Rotterdam as the genre has often struggled at the contest, however this is fun and upbeat I can see Televoters really enjoying this however I am unsure on the juries, I am however sure we will be seeing Russia in the final in 2021. Countries really do keep shocking us this Eurovision season by going left field but I am loving it.

Rory – Well, for a national final with zero information, Russia put on a fantastic show and with a diverse range of songs! This is a bit of a left-field choice for Russia, but I really like it – it’s rare we get any kind of rap, let alone in the Russian language. This could be a dark horse for me for sure!

Rosie – Russian Woman was definitely the most stand-out entry in Eurovision Russia and Manizha is a very charismatic performer! I love the folk influences in the song, but the song feels a little messy and could be a borderline qualifier in such a stand out year.

What do you think of Russia’s entry for 2021? Will we see them return to the final once more? Let us know

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