Channel One will make a decision on who will represent Russia at the Eurovision 2017 within the next one and half to two weeks.
According to the Russian Head of Delegation at the Eurovision Song Contest, Channel One will select the countries entrant for this years contest in the next two weeks. In an interview with KP, the Head of Delegation for Russia, Yuri Aksyuta stated that a decision has not yet been made on who will represent the country in Kyiv.
The comments of the Russian Head of Delegation came after reports from Life.ru that Aleksander Panayotov had been selected to compete in this years comments. Aleksander said that he was shocked to have heard the news that he would be participating in the contest. Yuri Aksyuta added that when asked where the information about Aleksander’s participation came from that;
I honestly have no idea where this information came from. Most likely, from the circles of Aleksander Panayotov. We have not made a decision as yet. We are still thinking about candidate or candidates who could represent Russia at the contest.
The remarks from Yuri Aksyuta confirm that for a fifth year running Russia will be selecting their entrant for the Eurovision Song Contest internally. The last time Russia held a televised selection was in 2012 when the Buranovskiye Babaushki were selected to perform “Party for Everybody” in Baku, Azerbaijan.
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Russia debuted in the Eurovision Song Contest in 1994 and has gone on to be one of the most successful countries in the contest. Since the mid-00s Russia has had a string of strong results including their first and only victory to date in 2008. Dima Bilan won the contest in Belgrade, Serbia with the song “Believe” taking the contest to Moscow the following year. In the past two years Russia has finished in 2nd and 3rd place respectively in the final.