The Director General of Channel One has confirmed that Little Big will be on Channel One on the day of the national selection, but in what form it is not known.
Konstantin Ernst, the Director General of Channel One has fueled speculation around whether Little Big will be appearing in the Russian Eurovision selection as a competitor or just a guest performer. Speaking this evening he explained the format of the national selection, saying that:
We have pre-selected several participants who, it seems to us, are equal in level. Who likes it more – let our viewers decide.
TASS states that Mr Ernst explained that Little Big will also “appear on Channel One on March 8”. What has yet to be explained by Channel One and continues to be discussed in the Russian media is whether Little Big are competing in the selection.
Super.ru reported today that the national final will not feature Little Big, with Channel One reportedly unhappy with the song the group had selected. In contrast 360TV reported last week that Little Big were due to appear in a selection with a number of songs from which the Russian public would select. Mr Ernst comments this evening rule out the possibility of a single act selection.
The national final is due to take place on Channel One on March the 8th. The show is due to only last for one hour meaning a short number of acts will likely be involved. Moldova’s 2021 Eurovision singer Natalia Gordienko will also perform her 2021 Eurovision entry “Sugar” as an interval act.
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Russia debuted in Eurovision 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 in 2008. Dima Bilan won the contest in Belgrade, Serbia with the song “Believe” taking the contest to Moscow in the following year.