Russia in the Eurovision Song Contest
|Member station||Channel One
|National selection events|
|Appearances||20 (20 finals)|
|Best result||1st: 2008|
|Worst result||17th: 1995|
|Channel One page
Channel Russia page
|Russia’s page at Eurovision.tv|
| For the most recent participation see
Russia in the Eurovision Song Contest 2017
Russia has participated in the Eurovision Song Contest 20 times since their debut in 1994 and has participated every year since 2000. Russia won the 2008 contest with Dima Bilan performing the song « Believe« . Russia co-holds (with Sweden) the record for the most top five finishes in the 21st century; finishing second with Alsou in 2000, Dima Bilan in 2006, Buranovskiye Babushki in 2012 and Polina Gagarina in 2015; third with t.A.T.u. in 2003, Serebro in 2007 and Sergey Lazarev in 2016, and fifth with Dina Garipova in 2013, for a total of nine top five results.
Russia is the only country that has never missed the final since the introduction of the semi-finals in 2004.[note 1]
Their debut was in the 1994 contest after Russia became a member of the European Broadcasting Union (EBU). In 2000, 2006, 2012 and 2015 Russia came second in the contest with Alsou‘s song « Solo« , Dima Bilan‘s « Never Let You Go » and Buranovskiye Babushki with « Party for Everybody« , Polina Gagarina‘s « A Million Voices » song, respectively. In 2003, 2007 and 2016 Russia placed 3rd, with t.A.T.u.‘s « Ne Ver’, Ne Boysia« , Serebro‘s « Song #1 » and Sergey Lazarev‘s « You Are the Only One«
In 1996, Russia’s entry was Andrey Kosinski with the song « Me is me », but on the eve of competition (for the second time in its history), he scored an insufficient number of points in a special qualifying round and therefore missed the final.
In 1998, because Russia did not participate in the contest (due to lower average scores in participating in previous competitions), Russia refused to broadcast the competition and the European Broadcasting Union in return forbade the country to participate the following year. According to unconfirmed information, Russia was required to submit Tatyana Ovsiyenko with the song « My Sun ».
Since the introduction of the semi-finals, Russia is the only country that has never missed a final.
Russia was the most successful country in Eurovision in 2000-2009, with one win, two second places, and two third places. However, in 2010 they finished 11th, and in 2011 they were 16th, which was the worst place for Russia since 1995. Interest in the competition fell, but in 2012 Buranovskiye Babushki finished in second place, increasing Russia’s interest in the show. Russia holds the record for the most top five finishes in the 21st century, with nine, most recently with Sergey Lazarev, who was third in 2016 with 491 points, which is the highest score of any Russian contestant.
The contest has been broadcast irregularly on two different public state channels in Russia, both EBU members: for the 1994 and 1996 it was broadcast on Russia-1 of VGTRK, while in 1995, 1997 and from 1999 to 2007 the contest was broadcast on Channel One. Since 2008, there is an alternation on broadcast and selection, with Russia-1 on even years, and Channel One on odd ones.
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|1994||Youddiph||Russian||« Vechni stranik » (Вечный странник)||9||70||No semi-finals|
|1995||Philipp Kirkorov||Russian||« Kolybelnaya dlya vulkana » (Колыбельная для вулкана)||17||17|
|1996a||Andrei Kosinsky||Russian||« Ya eto ya » (Я это я)||Failed to qualify||26||14|
|1997||Alla Pugacheva||Russian||« Primadonna » (Примадонна)||15||33||No semi-finals|
|Did not participate in 1998 and 1999b|
|2001||Mumiy Troll||English||« Lady Alpine Blue«||12||37|
|2002||Prime Minister||English||« Northern Girl«||10||55|
|2003||t.A.T.u.||Russian||« Ne ver’, ne boisia » (Не верь, не бойся)||3||164|
|2004||Yulia Savicheva||English||« Believe Me«||11||67||Top 11 Previous Year|
|2005||Natalia Podolskaya||English||« Nobody Hurt No One«||15||57||Top 12 Previous Year|
|2006||Dima Bilan||English||« Never Let You Go«||2||248||3||217|
|2007||Serebro||English||« Song #1«||3||207||Top 10 Previous Year|
|2008||Dima Bilan||English||« Believe«||1||272||3||135|
|2009||Anastasia Prikhodko||Russian, Ukrainian||« Mamo » (Мамо)||11||91||Host country|
|2010||Peter Nalitch and Friends||English||« Lost and Forgotten«||11||90||7||74|
|2011||Alexej Vorobjov||English, Russian||« Get You«||16||77||9||64|
|2012||Buranovskiye Babushki||Udmurt, English||« Party for Everybody«||2||259||1||152|
|2013||Dina Garipova||English||« What If«||5||174||2||156|
|2014||Tolmachevy Sisters||English||« Shine«||7||89||6||63|
|2015||Polina Gagarina||English||« A Million Voices«||2||303||1||182|
|2016||Sergey Lazarev||English||« You Are the Only One«||3||491||1||342|
- a. ^ In 1996 Russia failed to qualify from the audio only pre-qualification round. The official Eurovision site does not count 1996 in Russia’s total list of appearances.
- b. ^ Russia was forced to sit out another year in 1999, as the EBU only allows countries which had broadcast the previous year’s contest to enter the next year’s contest.
- c. If a country won the previous year, they did not have to compete in Semi Finals. In addition, back in 2005-2007, countries who done well did not have to compete in Semi Finals the following year. The top ten non-Big four along with the Big four countries automatically qualified, for example, if Germany and France placed inside the top 10, the 11th and 12th spots were advanced to next year’s Grand Final along with everyone within the top 10.
Act selection process
|1994||National Final with 9 participants||Russia 1|
|1995||Internal Selection||Channel 1|
|1996||National Final with 14 participants||Russia 1|
|1997||Internal Selection||Channel 1|
|Did not participate between 1998 and 1999|
|2000||Internal Selection||Channel 1|
|2005||National Final with 29 participants|
|2008||National Final with 27 participants||Russia 1|
|2009||National Final with 16 participants||Channel 1|
|2010||National Final with 25 participants||Russia 1|
|2011||Internal Selection||Channel 1|
|2012||National Final with 25 participants||Russia 1|
|2013||Internal Selection||Channel 1|
Commentators and spokespersons
|1994||Vadim Dolgachyov||No Dual Commentator||Arina Sharapova||Russia 1|
|1995||Unknown||Marina Danielyan||Channel 1|
|1996||Vadim Dolgachyov||Russia did not participate||Russia 1|
|1997||Philipp Kirkorov||Sergei Antipov||Arina Sharapova||Channel 1|
|1998||No Broadcast||No Broadcast||Russia did not participate||No Broadcast|
|1999||Aleksej Zhuravlev||Tatjana Godunova||Channel 1|
|2001||Alexander Anatolievich||Konstantin Mikhailov||Larisa Verbickaya|
|2002||Yuriy Aksuta||Elena Batinova||Arina Sharapova|
|2008||Dmitry Guberniev||Olga Shelest||Oxana Fedorova||Russia 1|
|2009||Yana Churikova||Semi-finals — Aleksey Manuylov;
Final — Philipp Kirkorov
|Ingeborga Dapkunaite||Channel 1|
|2010||Dmitry Guberniev||Olga Shelest||Oxana Fedorova||Russia 1|
|2011||Yuriy Aksuta||Yana Churikova||Dima Bilan||Channel 1|
|2012||Dmitry Guberniev||Olga Shelest||Oxana Fedorova||Russia 1|
|2013||Yuriy Aksuta||Yana Churikova||Alsou||Channel 1|
|2014||Dmitry Guberniev||Olga Shelest||Russia 1|
|2015||Yuriy Aksuta||Yana Churikova||Dmitry Shepelev||Channel 1|
|2016||Dmitry Guberniev||Ernest Matskyavichys||Nyusha||Russia 1|
As of 2016, Russia’s voting history is as follows:
|2009||Moscow||Olympic Indoor Arena||Semi-finals: Natalia Vodianova and Andrey Malahov;
Final: Alsou and Ivan Urgant
Marcel Bezençon Awards
|Year||Song||Performer||Final Result||Points||Host city|
|2016||« You Are the Only One«||Sergey Lazarev||3rd||491||Stockholm|
- Russia in the Eurovision Dance Contest
- Russia in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest
- Russia in the Türkvizyon Song Contest
Notes and references
- The « Big Five » (France, Germany, Italy, Spain and United Kingdom) are not counted in this list since they receive automatic qualification to the final. Neither is Azerbaijan who qualified every year, but debuted in 2008. Also Ukraine and Romania are not counted because, despite having always reached the final, they skipped the contests in 2015 and in 2016 respectively.
- « Exclusive: The hosts of the 2009 Eurovision Song Contest! ». Eurovision.tv. Retrieved 7 May 2009.
- Points to and from Russia eurovisioncovers.co.uk