Russia in the Eurovision Song Contest 2013

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Eurovision Song Contest 2013
Country  Russia
National selection
Selection process Internal Selection
Selection date(s) Artist: 19 February 2013
Song: 24 February 2013
Selected entrant Dina Garipova
Selected song "What If"
Finals performance
Semi-final result Qualified (2nd, 156 points)
Final result 5th, 174 points
Russia in the Eurovision Song Contest
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Russia participated in the Eurovision Song Contest 2013 in Malmö, Sweden. The Russian entry was selected through an internal selection, organised by Russian broadcaster Channel One Russia (C1R). Dina Garipova represented Russia with the song "What If", which qualified from the first semi-final of the competition and placed 5th in the final with 174 points.[1][2]

Internal selection[edit]

On 30 November 2012, C1R announced their selected procedure for selecting their Eurovision Song Contest 2013 entry, which involved an online public submission form that accepted applications and recordings from authors, composers and singers.[3]

On 31 January 2013, C1R officially announced that they would internally select the artist and song that would represent Russia.[4]

On 19 February, Dina Garipova and the song "What If", composed by Gabriel Alares, Joakim Bjornberg and Leonid Gutkin, were selected to represent Russia.[2]

"What If" was presented to the public on 24 February during the C1R television newscast Vremya.[5]

Plagiarism accusations[edit]

After the presentation of the song, several media outlets reported the possibility of plagiarism of several previously released songs: "Skin on Skin" originally recorded by Sarah Connor, "Pozwól życ" originally recorded by Gosia Andrzejewicz, "All Over The World" originally recorded by Brian Kennedy and "Carried Away" originally recorded by Hear'Say.[6][7][8] Leonid Gutkin, one of the composers of the song, dismissed the plagiarism accusations.[9]


On 14 March, Garipova promoted the song during the second semifinal of the Moldovan national final.[9]

At Eurovision[edit]

Dina Garipova at the first semi-final dress rehearsal in Malmö.

Russia was allocated to compete in the first semi-final on 14 May for a place in the final on 18 May.[10] In the first semifinal, the producers of the show decided that Russia would perform 6th, following Denmark and preceding Ukraine.[11] On stage, Garipova was joined by four backing vocalists: Alexandra Hamnede, Anders von Hofsten, Sofia Lilja and song co-author Gabriel Alares.[12] The Russian performance featured Garipova dressed in a long beige dress, surrounded by shining white bubbles.[13]

Russia qualified from the first semi-final, placing 2nd and scoring 156 points.[14][15] At the first semi-final winners' press conference, Russia was allocated to perform in the first half of the final.[16] In the final, the producers of the show decided that Russia would perform 10th, following Malta and preceding Germany.[17] Russia placed 5th in the final, scoring 174 points.[1]

In Russia, both the semi-finals and the final were broadcast on Channel One, with commentary provided by Yana Churikova and Yuriy Aksyuta.[18]

The national jury that provided 50% of the Russian vote in the first semi-final and the final consisted of composer Vladimir Matetsky and four previous Russian participants in the Contest: Youddiph (1994), Philipp Kirkorov (1995), Yulia Savicheva (2004) and Dima Bilan (2006 and 2008).[19] The Russian spokesperson in the grand final was Alsou, who had represented Russia previously in the 2000 Contest as well as co-hosting the final in 2009.[20]

Points awarded to Russia[edit]

Points Awarded to Russia (Semi-Final 1)[15]
12 points 10 points 8 points 7 points 6 points
5 points 4 points 3 points 2 points 1 point
Points Awarded to Russia (Final)[1]
12 points 10 points 8 points 7 points 6 points
5 points 4 points 3 points 2 points 1 point

Points awarded by Russia[edit]

See also[edit]


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  2. ^ a b Omelyanchuk, Olena (19 February 2013). "Dina Garipova to represent Russia". 
  3. ^ Escuerdo, Victor M. (30 November 2012). "Russia is searching for a hit!". 
  4. ^ Omelyanchuk, Olena (31 January 2013). "Russia to choose their artist for Malmö internally". 
  5. ^ Omelyanchuk, Olena (24 February 2013). "Dina presents "What If" in Russia". 
  6. ^ Песня России для Евровидения 2013 подверглась критике в Интернете (in Russian). 
  7. ^ "Песня Дины Гариповой для конкурса «Евровидение» подозрительно напоминает Skin on Skin Сары Коннор" (in Russian). 
  8. ^ Filimonov, Mikhail. Дину Гарипову опорочила протеже экс-мужа Валерии (in Russian). Экспресс-Газеты. 
  9. ^ a b Mikheev, Andy. "Russia at Eurovision Song Contest 2013". ESCKaz. 
  10. ^ Siim, Jarmo (17 January 2013). "Draw results: Who's in which Semi-Final?". 
  11. ^ Siim, Jarmo (28 March 2013). "Eurovision 2013: Semi-Final running order revealed". 
  12. ^ Ek, Tobbe (6 May 2013). "Men är det inte? – Jo, här är Rysslands svenska kör". Aftonbladet (in Swedish). 
  13. ^ Brey, Marco (6 May 2013). "Shining bubbles for Russia". 
  14. ^ Leon, Jakov (14 May 2013). "We have our first ten finalists!". Retrieved 14 May 2013. 
  15. ^ a b c "Eurovision Song Contest 2013 Semi-Final (1)". 18 May 2013. Retrieved 18 May 2013. 
  16. ^ Brey, Marco (14 May 2013). "First Semi-Final Winners' Press Conference". Retrieved 14 May 2013. 
  17. ^ Storvik-Green, Simon (17 May 2013). "Running order for the Grand Final revealed". Retrieved 17 May 2013. 
  18. ^ Есть такая профессия: комментатор Евровидения. Channel One Russia (in Russian). 17 May 2013. Retrieved 21 May 2013. 
  19. ^ Yefimov, Sergei (21 May 2013). «Евровидение-2013»: Баллы от России выставлял народ плюс Матецкий, Киркоров, Билан, Кац и Савичева. Komsomolskaya Pravda (in Russian). Retrieved 21 May 2013. 
  20. ^ Roxburgh, Gordon (18 May 2013). ""Good evening Malmö" - Jury order revealed". European Broadcasting Union. Retrieved 18 May 2013.