Russia in the Eurovision Song Contest

This article deals with the history of Russia as a participant in the Euro Vision Song Contest.

Regularity of participation

After joining the EBU Russia took part in the competition for the first time in 1994. 1996 reached Russia following the resignation of Andrei Kosinski in the internal qualifying round not the final of the Euro Vision Song Contest. Due to poor previous placements Russia in 1998 was not approved for the Euro Vision Song Contest to participate, the competent television stations but not realized this and chose yet internally the singer Tatjana Owsijenko with the song Solnze mojo from, but which of course was not allowed to compete in Birmingham. The competition was then not broadcast in Russia in 1998, which is why the country according to the rules in 1999 was not allowed to participate only in 2000 and took part again.

Success in competition

At seventeen participations Russia has already achieved some success in the competition: the country was once so far at # 1 (2008), three times on the second place ( 2000, 2006 and 2012 ) and twice in third place (2003 and 2007). 9 of 17 posts, ie half, ended up in the first half, also came Russia apart from the first round in 1996 never the last six.

List of posts

Color legend: - Victories. - A tie to the last place. - Contributions finals.

TV station

The responsibility for the Euro Vision Song Contest changed hands several times between the two state-owned Russian television stations: 1994 and 1996 RTR was responsible, in 1995 and in 1997 finally getting Perwy channel (formerly ORT). 2007 organized the first time RTR participation, now is the responsibility of change year to year.

National preliminary decisions

Almost all Russian contributions were selected internally only four times was a televised preliminary round held: In 1994, nine performers ever in a track before a jury selected the winner. Originally should take eleven titles, two were however disqualified: An excerpt of the song Oi, oi, oi was played contrary to the rules prior to the competition on the radio, the other song Kogda wernus w Rossiju was accused of being anti-Semitic. Both songs were still played as an intermission number. 1996 occurred at fourteen singers, among which the next voted the favorite. Alla Pugacheva, Russian representative a year later, was a member of this jury. 2005 found before the final three preliminary rounds with a total of 29 songs instead. The first time was matched only by phone. Again in 2008 a preliminary decision took place. It was attended by 27 artists. 2012 this procedure was repeated. From 150 applicants, a group of 25 finalists contributions has been compiled from the March 7, a winner is determined. The decision to designate a national jury and televoting, where the same amount of weighting is granted.


After the fall of the language regime in 1999, the Russian contributions are simply tATu, which previously had success with English songs across Europe were presented mainly in English, sang Ne who, bojsja ne in Russian. In 2009, Russia Anastasia Prychodko let go at the start, with a Russian- and post ukrainischsprachigem Mamo. The first chorus of this paper is in Ukrainian. The rest is completely in Russian. In 2012, only the chorus was sung in English, the rest of the song sprang from the Udmurt. From the contributions in 1994 and 1997 respectively exists an English version, reversed in 2001, 2002 and 2006, a Russian. Prima Donna was also published in French.


1994: Youddiph | 1995: Filipp Kirkorov | 1997: Alla Pugacheva | 2000 Alsou | 2001: Mumi Troll | 2002: Prime Minister | 2003: tATu | 2004: Julija Savicheva | 2005: Natallja Padolskaja | 2006: Dima Bilan | 2007: Serebro | 2008: Dima Bilan | 2009: Anastasia Prychodko | 2010: Peter Nalitch | 2011: Alexei Vorobyov | 2012: Buranowskije babushkas | 2013: Dina Garipowa | 2014: Tolmatschowa sisters

Active members: Albania | Armenia | Azerbaijan | Belgium | Denmark | Germany | Estonia | Finland | France | Georgia | Greece | Ireland | Iceland | Israel | Italy | Latvia | Lithuania | Macedonia | Malta | Moldova | Montenegro | Netherlands | Norway | Austria | Poland | Portugal | Romania | Russia | San Marino | Sweden | Switzerland | Slovenia | Spain | Ukraine | Hungary | United Kingdom | Belarus |

Inactive participating countries: Bosnia and Herzegovina | Bulgaria | Croatia | Luxembourg | Morocco | Monaco | Serbia | Slovakia | Czech Republic | Turkey | Cyprus

Former Participating countries: Andorra | Yugoslavia | Serbia and Montenegro

Redeemed participations or futile efforts: Lebanon | Liechtenstein

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