Primadonna (Alla Pugacheva song)

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Russia "Primadonna"
Eurovision Song Contest 1997 entry
Country Russia
Artist(s) Alla Pugacheva
Language Russian
Composer(s) Alla Pugacheva
Lyricist(s) Alla Pugacheva
Conductor Rutger Gunnarsson
Finals performance
Final result 15th
Final points 33
Appearance chronology
◄ "Kolibelnaya dlya vulkana" (1995)   
"Solo" (2000) ►

"Primadonna" (Russian script: Примадонна) was the Russian entry in the Eurovision Song Contest 1997, performed in Russian by Alla Pugacheva.

The song is a dramatic ballad. Pugacheva sings to a "prima donna" and describes her desire to overcome struggles much in the way as the singer apparently has. She sings that the prima donna has an "injured soul" but is yet able to sing well.

In the Eurovision 1997 contest the song was performed twentieth on the night, following Hungary's V.I.P. with "Miért kell, hogy elmenj?" and preceding Denmark's Kølig Kaj with "Stemmen i mit liv". At the close of voting, it had received 33 points, placing 15th in a field of 25.

Due to the rapidly expanding contest, the decision was taken to restrict entry to the 1998 contest to those countries with the best average performance over the previous five years, a group which did not include Russia. Russia also opted out of the 1999 contest, before re-entering the fold the following year. Thus, the song was succeeded as Russian representative at the 2000 contest by Alsou with "Solo".