The twenty-sixth artist to feature in our Who Is series for the 2021 Eurovision Song Contest is Manizha from Russia.
Manizha Dalerovna Sangin was born on 8th July 1991 in Dushanbe, Tajikstan. The Russian-Tajik singer moved to Moscow, Russia, at three years old, and began her career in 2003 as a child singer, winning numerous competitions. Throughout her career, she has performed as part of different groups, such as Ru.Kola, Assai, and Krip De Shin.
Her solo breakthrough took place in 2016, where she began working on her debut studio album “Manuscript”, which was released a year later. She has since released several singles and another album, titled “ЯIAM”. The singer is also a UN Goodwill Ambassador for Refugees.
This year it was revealed that Russia would use a national final to select their 2021 Eurovision entry. Three acts competed, and the winner, Manizha, was determined by 100% televoting.
Manizha will perform “Russian Woman” in the first half of the first semi-final on May 18th. The song is the first Russian entry since 2011 to feature lyrics in Russian.
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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.