Just days after Eurovision 2014 it has emerged that a new contest has been proposed for former Soviet states called “Voice of Eurasia”. The proposal comes from the Communist Party deputy Valery Rashkin, who told Interfax that:
We must leave this competition. We cannot tolerate this endless madness.
The contest was supported by advisers of Belarus’s President Alexander Lukashenko. The creation of the contest is in response to Conchita Wurst winning the contest on Saturday night, Conchita is an Austrian man name Tom Neuwirth, who performs as Conchita who is a woman with a beard.
The contest would be a return to the Soviet Unions rival to the Eurovision Song Contest which was called Intervision which ran from 1977 to 1980. This is however not the first time that Russia has tried to start an alternative to Eurovision with Vladimir Putin in 2009 after Russia hosted Eurovision putting forward the creation of a competition between Russia and Central Asia as well as China. The contest then would have been a reworked version of Intervision.