Russia’s 2021 Eurovision representative Manizha has shared her experience of receiving hateful online messages received since winning the national final.
In a recent social media post, Manizha has called out those who have sent the singer hateful messages since her victory in Russia’s national selection. The singer also thanked her fans who have sent messages of support throughout the same period.
Manizha has been subjected to numerous calls for the singer to be replaced following her victory in the Russian national selection. She has been criticised for “anti-Russian” values including the promotion of women’s rights and support for the LGBT community. The Investigative Committee of Russia opened An investigation into the song’s lyrics.
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In a recent BBC interview on the topic, the singer even talked about receiving messages online hoping her flight to Rotterdam would crash.
Manizha has fought back against much of the criticism of her selection as Russia’s Eurovision representative in a comedic fashion. Shortly after winning the national final, she published a parody video on her official YouTube channel, responding to critics claiming she was not Russian and that she bribed Channel One officials.
Manizha will perform “Russian Woman” in the first half of the first semifinal, on May 18.
Who is Manizha?
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.
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.
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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.