The Eurovision Song Contest is a long-standing televised competition between active countries in the European Broadcasting Union. Each country submits a song for the competition, and then delegates from each country vote to determine the most popular song. The contest has been running since 1956, and attracts worldwide audiences of up to 600 million. ABBA won the competition for Sweden in 1974, and Celine Dion won (for Switzerland) in 1988.
The televised semi-final rounds don’t begin until May, but we’ve been keeping our eye on submissions to get an idea of what to expect. The first official submission that we found to be worth mentioning is a doozy. Here is Russia’s official selection: “Party For Everybody!” by Buranovskiye Babushki.
Russian Folk Music meets Black Eyed Peas party anthem? Buranovskiye Babushki consists of eight Russian grandmothers. They are originally from the Udmurt Republic, from the village of Buranovo. The band performs most of their entries in their Udmurt language, but this entry mixed Udmurt with English. The grannies wrote the lyrics themselves.
Good luck, everyone else. Buranovskiye Babushki own this competition already.
We’ll be checking in with more zany updates on the Eurovision Song Contest as we get closer to the semi-final rounds on May 22nd.