Russia in the Eurovision Song Contest

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For Russia's recent participation, see Russia in the Eurovision Song Contest 2014.
Member station Channel One
National selection events National Selection (1994, 1996, 2005, 2008–2010, 2012)
Internal Selection (1995, 1997–98, 2000–04, 2006–07, 2011, 2013-2014)
Appearances 18
First appearance 1994
Best result 1st: 2008
Worst result 17th: 1995
External links
Channel One page
Channel Russia page
Russia's page at

Russia has participated in the Eurovision Song Contest 18 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 has also finished second in the contest three times, with Alsou in 2000, Dima Bilan in 2006 and Buranovskiye Babushki in 2012. As of 2014, Russia, along with Sweden, holds the record for the most top five finishes in the 21st Century, with a total of seven.

Russia, along with Romania, Azerbaijan, Greece and Ukraine, has never missed a final since the introduction of the semi-finals in 2004.[note 1]

Contest history[edit]

Their debut was in the 1994 contest after Russia became a member of the European Broadcasting Union (EBU). In 2000, 2006 and 2012 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" song, respectively. In both 2003 and 2007, Russia placed 3rd, with t.A.T.u.'s "Ne Ver', Ne Boysia" and Serebro's "Song #1."

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, along with Greece, Romania and Ukraine, one of the four countries left that has never missed a final. Azerbaijan has also never missed a final, but due to the fact Azerbaijan debuted after the semi-final introduction, Azerbaijan is not counted as one of these countries.

Russia won their first Eurovision Song Contest in 2008, when Dima Bilan, participating for the second time in the contest, won with the song "Believe", bringing the contest to Russia for 2009.

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 seven, most recently with Dina Garipova, who was fifth in 2013.

Revival of Intervision Song Contest[edit]

Days after the final of Eurovision Song Contest 2014, the deputy of the Communist Party of the Russian Federation, Mr Valery Rashkin made proposals of a new contest for members of the Former Soviet Union called "Voice of Eurasia". [1] On 26 May 2014, it was announced that the Intervision Song Contest, the Soviet-era rival to the Eurovision Song Contest would return in October 2014 consisting of ex-Soviet states and members of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation.[2]


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, while in 1995, 1997 and from 1999 to 2007 the contest was broadcast on Channel One. Since 2008, there is an alternation on broadcast, with Russia-1 on even years, and Channel One on odd ones.


Table key
  Second place
  Third place
  Last place
Year Artist Language Title Final Points Semi Points
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 between 1998 and 1999b
2000 Alsou English "Solo" 2 155
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 Julia 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
a. ^ In 1996 Russia failed to qualify from the 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 method[edit]

Year(s) Selection Method
1994 The winner of the National Final with 9 participants.
1995 Internal Selection
1996 The winner of the National Final with 14 participants.Does Not Participate
1997 Internal Selection
1998 Internal Selection.Does Not Participate
1999 Does Not Participate
2000 Internal Selection
2001 Internal Selection
2002 Internal Selection
2003 Internal Selection
2004 Internal Selection
2005 The winner of the National Final with 29 participants.
2006 Internal Selection
2007 Internal Selection
2008 The winner of the National Final with 27 participants.
2009 The winner of the National Final with 16 participants.
2010 The winner of the National Final with 25 participants.
2011 Internal Selection
2012 The winner of the National Final with 25 participants.
2013 Internal Selection
2014 Internal Selection

Commentators and spokespersons[edit]

Year(s) Commentator Dual Commentator Spokesperson Channel
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 Russia did not participate No Broadcast
1999 Aleksej Zhuravlev Tatjana Godunova Channel 1
2000 Zhanna Agalakova
2001 Alexander Anatolievich Konstantin Mikhailov Larisa Verbickaya
2002 Yuriy Aksuta Elena Batinova Arina Sharapova
2003 Yana Churikova
2006 Tatjana Godunova
2007 Elena Batinova
2008 Dmitriy Guberniyev Olga Shelest Oxana Fedorova Russia 1
2009 Yana Churikova Semi-finals — Aleksey Manuylov;
FinalPhilipp Kirkorov
Ingeborga Dapkunaite Channel 1
2010 Dmitriy Guberniyev Olga Shelest Oxana Fedorova Russia 1
2011 Yuriy Aksuta Yana Churikova Dima Bilan Channel 1
2012 Dmitriy Guberniyev Olga Shelest Oxana Fedorova Russia 1
2013 Yuriy Aksuta Yana Churikova Alsou Channel 1
2014 Dmitriy Guberniyev Olga Shelest Russia 1

Voting history[edit]

As of 2014, Russia's voting history is as follows:


Year Location Venue Presenters
2009 Moscow Olympic Indoor Arena Semi-finals: Natalia Vodianova and Andrey Malahov;
Final: Alsou and Ivan Urgant[3]


  1. ^ The "Big Five" (United Kingdom, France, Italy, Spain and Germany) are not counted in this list since they receive automatic qualification to the final. Neither is Azerbaijan, that has qualified every year they have competed, but debuting four years after the introduction of the semifinals.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Russia: Proposes Own Eurovision Song Contest. Will Russia participate finally?". Eurovoix. Retrieved 13 May 2014.  |first1= missing |last1= in Authors list (help)
  2. ^ Granger, Anthony (23 May 2014). "Russia: Intervision To Return This October". Eurovoix. Retrieved 26 May 2014. 
  3. ^ "Exclusive: The hosts of the 2009 Eurovision Song Contest!". Retrieved 2009-05-07. 

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