Russia in the Eurovision Song Contest 2014

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Eurovision Song Contest 2014
Country  Russia
National selection
Selection process Internal Selection
Selection date(s) Artist: 15 March 2014
Song: 19 March 2014
Selected entrant Tolmachevy Sisters
Selected song "Shine"
Finals performance
Semi-final result Qualified (6th, 63 points)
Final result 7th, 89 points
Russia in the Eurovision Song Contest
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Russia participated in the Eurovision Song Contest 2014 in Copenhagen, Denmark. The Russian entry was selected internally by the Russian broadcaster Russia-1 (RTR). The Tolmachevy Sisters, winners of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2006, represented Russia with the song "Shine", which qualified from the first semi-final and placed 7th in the final, scoring 89 points.

Internal selection[edit]

The Russian entry for the 2014 Eurovision Song Contest was selected through an internal process.[1] On 15 March 2014, RTR announced that The Tolmachevy Sisters, who previously won the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2006, were selected to represent Russia – a choice made internally by an expert jury.[2] The Russian entry, "Shine", was premiered on 19 March 2014.[3] The song was composed by Philipp Kirkorov (1995 Russian contest entrant and composer of the 2007 Belarusian entry and the 2008 Ukrainian entry) and Dimitris Kontopoulos (composer of 2009 Greek entry and the 2013 Azerbaijani entry). The lyrics were written by John Ballard (lyricist of the 2013 Azerbaijani entry), Ralph Charlie (lyricist of the 2013 Azerbaijani entry) and Gerard James Borg (lyricist of the 2000, 2002, 2004, 2007 and 2008 Maltese entries).[4]

Originally, the broadcaster had planned a national final format titled Kto? to select their entry. On 1 September 2013, RTR opened the submission period for artists and composers to submit their applications for the selection. Between September and October 2013, it was planned that a special jury would shortlist the applicants to 25 finalists for a televised show on 31 December 2013.[5] However, in December 2013, RTR announced that the selection would be postponed until March 2014 and that the application deadline would be extended until 28 February 2014.[6] Plans for the national final were later abandoned by the broadcaster.[1]

At Eurovision[edit]

The Tolmachevy Sisters at the first semi-final dress rehearsal

During the semi-final allocation draw on 20 January 2014 at the Copenhagen City Hall, Russia was drawn to compete in the first half of the first semi-final on 6 May 2014.[7] In the first semi-final, the producers of the show decided that Russia would perform 7th, following Albania and preceding Azerbaijan.[8] Russia qualified from the first semi-final and competed in the final on 10 May 2014. During the winner's press conference for the first semi-final qualifiers, Russia was allocated to compete in the second half of the final.[9] In the final, the producers of the show decided that Russia would perform 15th, following France and preceding Italy.[10] Russia placed 7th in the final, scoring 89 points.

At the contest, the Tolmachevy Sisters were joined on stage by four backing vocalists: Anna Nilsson, Jenny Tärneberg, Anna Strandberg and Rui Andrade.[11] The Russian performance featured the Tolmachevy Sisters performing with long translucent sticks and interacting with a platform that moved like a balance and eventually opened into a white sun-like canvas.[12]

Following the revelation of Russia's qualification into the final during the broadcast of the first semi-final, the announcement was met by an audible booing from the venue audience contrasting the warm reception received during the performance of the song. The negative reaction was believed to be a response to Russia's involvement in the crisis in Ukraine and its stance on LGBT rights.[13]

In Russia, both the semi-finals and the final were broadcast on Russia-1 with commentary by Olga Shelest and Dmitriy Guberniev.[14][15] The Russian spokesperson revealing the result of the Russian vote in the final was 2000 Russian contest entrant Alsou.[16]

Points awarded to Russia[edit]

Points Awarded to Russia (Semi-Final 1)
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)
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]

Split voting results[edit]

The following five members comprised the Russian jury:[17]

  • Sergey Zhilin – Chairperson – conductor
  • Margarita Mitrofanova – radio DJ, television host
  • Leonid Rudenko – DJ, musician, label producer
  • Dominik Joker – musician, singer, poet, composer
  • Yulia Nachalova – singer

Semi-final 1[edit]

The Russian votes in the first semi-final were based on 50% jury voting and 50% televoting results.[18]

Semi-final 1 – Russian Results
Draw Country S. Zhilin M. Mitrofanova L. Rudenko D. Joker Y. Nachalova Average Jury Rank Televote Rank Combined Rank Scoreboard (Points)
01  Armenia 4 1 4 2 3 3 1 1 12
02  Latvia 14 8 15 10 8 11 11 12
03  Estonia 2 7 10 7 5 5 14 11
04  Sweden 11 11 11 6 9 9 6 5 6
05  Iceland 15 13 13 12 11 15 10 13
06  Albania 13 14 8 11 15 13 15 15
07  Russia
08  Azerbaijan 3 2 3 1 2 2 3 2 10
09  Ukraine 7 5 5 5 6 4 2 4 7
10  Belgium 8 10 2 8 4 7 9 7 4
11  Moldova 5 4 9 4 10 6 12 10 1
12  San Marino 9 15 12 9 12 12 5 8 3
13  Portugal 12 9 14 13 13 14 13 14
14  Netherlands 10 6 7 15 14 10 7 9 2
15  Montenegro 6 12 6 14 7 8 8 6 5
16  Hungary 1 3 1 3 1 1 4 3 8

Final[edit]

The Russian votes in the final were based on 50% jury voting and 50% televoting results.[19]

Final – Russian Results
Draw Country S. Zhilin M. Mitrofanova L. Rudenko D. Joker Y. Nachalova Average Jury Rank Televote Rank Combined Rank Scoreboard (Points)
01  Ukraine 9 5 7 8 2 6 4 4 7
02  Belarus 2 1 3 2 1 1 2 1 12
03  Azerbaijan 1 7 1 1 3 2 5 2 10
04  Iceland 13 17 16 16 18 13 11 10 1
05  Norway 10 18 12 3 12 10 15 11
06  Romania 19 19 24 18 20 22 21 23
07  Armenia 6 9 10 10 5 8 1 3 8
08  Montenegro 24 11 19 12 16 15 20 19
09  Poland 16 25 23 19 19 24 13 20
10  Greece 3 2 6 5 7 3 12 7 4
11  Austria 7 10 9 21 9 11 3 6 5
12  Germany 21 12 20 25 23 23 14 21
13  Sweden 14 24 11 22 13 17 6 9 2
14  France 18 21 22 13 24 21 23 24
15  Russia
16  Italy 23 22 25 20 25 25 25 25
17  Slovenia 15 14 18 14 22 16 17 17
18  Finland 22 20 14 11 14 14 16 16
19  Spain 17 23 21 15 17 19 18 22
20   Switzerland 20 15 17 24 21 20 7 12
21  Hungary 4 4 5 6 8 5 8 5 6
22  Malta 5 3 4 7 4 4 24 15
23  Denmark 11 16 2 17 10 12 22 18
24  Netherlands 8 6 8 9 6 7 10 8 3
25  San Marino 25 13 15 23 11 18 9 13
26  United Kingdom 12 8 13 4 15 9 19 14

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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