Polling by the Levada Center has shown that 50% of the Russian population are indifferent to the selection of Manizha for Eurovision 2021.
With Manizha surrounded by the negative reactions from Russian celebrities and politicians, polling shows that half of the Russian population has no opinion on the singer’s selection for the Eurovision Song Contest 2021. Only 18% of respondents to a survey by the Levada Center said that they had a negative opinion on Manizha’s selection with a further 13% saying they had a positive opinion.
Respondents aged between 18 and 24 had the strongest positive opinion with 20% stating they had a positive view. Within those that had a positive perception of Manizha’s selection 13% support her on the basis of ethnicity, and they support the idea of Russia as a multinational country.
Those over 55 years old had the highest negative reaction at 22% of respondents. Among those that had a negative perception, 55% said they did not like the song while 25% states that Russian should be represented by a “Russian” singer.
Last week the Investigate Committee of Russia began checking the lyrics of Manizha’s 2021 Eurovision entry “Russian Woman”. In a statement, they said that:
“On April 5, the Ostankino Investigation Department registered material for checking for signs of incitement to hatred or enmity in the song of the singer Manizha with “Russian Woman””
Since being selected to represent Russia at this year’s Eurovision Song Contest, Manizha has seen a large amount of backlash against her from a range of groups within Russia. A range of factors such as Manizha Tajik background, her support of LGBT values, the singer’s rejection of traditional values has contributed to this backlash. Manizha has spoken out against the hateful messages she’s has received online since the national final.
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.
Image Source: Eurovision.tv / Egor Shabanov | Source: Levada
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.