The Russian participant at the Eurovision Song Contest 2021, Manizha has revealed changes being made to her entry.
Manizha’s song, “Russian Woman”, is the first song after Anastasia Prikhodko’s “Mamo” in 2009 to include Russian language. Speaking to Russian online magazine mk.ru, she has stated the following:
“There are also English lines (Every Russian woman needs to know), but we will refine it a little bit, I will add a few sentences in English, so they are clear to everyone. But for me it is very important to preserve the Russian language.”
“I sing in English myself and understand how fun it is. But when I watch Eurovision, I always think how cool it is to sing in the language of my country. It’s class. As it was in Portugal with Salvador Sobral, with Maria Serifovic in Serbia…”
Russia joins Denmark in sending an entry in their national language for the time in an extended period of time. Denmark’s entry is set to be performed entirely in Danish for the first time since the 1997 contest in Dublin, Ireland.
Manizha will perform “Russian Woman” in the first half of the first semifinal, on May 18.
Image Credit: Crocus City Hall/ Source: mk.ru
Russia in the Eurovision Song Contest
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.