Russia in the Eurovision Song Contest 2002

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Eurovision Song Contest 2002
Country Russia
National selection
Selection processInternal selection
Selection date(s)Artist: 4 March 2002
Song: 13 April 2002
Selected entrantPrime Minister
Selected song"Northern Girl"
Selected songwriter(s)
Finals performance
Final result10th, 55 points
Russia in the Eurovision Song Contest
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Russia participated in the Eurovision Song Contest 2002 in Tallinn, Estonia. The Russian entry was selected internally by the Russian broadcaster Russian Public Television (ORT). Prime Minister represented Russia with the song "Northern Girl", which placed 10th and scored 55 points at the contest.[1]

Before Eurovision[edit]

Internal selection[edit]

On 17 January 2002, ORT announced a submission period for interested artists and composers to submit their entries until 26 February 2002. The broadcaster received 11,742 submissions at the conclusion of the deadline, including entries from Arkady Ukupnik, Diana Gurtskaya and Vitas. 25 entries were shortlisted from the received submissions and a jury panel selected the Russian entry.[2] The jury consisted of Konstantin Ernst (general manager of C1R), Aleksandr Fifeman (general producer of ORT), Marina Danielyan (service manager of ORT), Ilya Bachurin (music director of ORT), Valdis Pelšs (television presenter and entertainment director of ORT), Lev Leshchenko (singer), Oleg Gazmanov (singer), Ilya Reznik (lyricist) and Igor Matvienko (composer and producer).[3]

On 4 March 2002, C1R announced during a press conference that they had internally selected Prime Minister to represent Russia in Tallinn with the song "Northern Girl". Prime Minister's selection as the Russian representative was decided upon by the jury panel from two entries considered: "Northern Girl" performed by Prime Minister and "All My Love" performed by Kristina Orbakaitė. "Northern Girl" was composed by Kim Breitburg, with lyrics by Karen Kavaleryan, Evgeniy Fridlyand and Irina Antonyan. The song was presented to the public on 13 April 2002 through the release of the official music video, directed by Sergey Kalvarsky.[3]

First Round[3][4]
Artist(s) Song Songwriter(s) Place
Alexandr Fedyoura Unknown Unknown 13
Anna Churchin Unknown Unknown 12
Anna Jack Unknown Unknown 15
Arkady Ukupnik Unknown Unknown 4
Biba Unknown Unknown 23
Diana Gurtskaya Unknown Unknown 6
Goliy pistolet Unknown Unknown 10
Inga Guy "Zheltoye solntse" (Желтое солнце) Unknown 22
Julietta M. "Svetlaya noch" (Светлая ночь) Julietta M. 17
Kristina Orbakaitė "All My Love" Viktor Drobysh, Mary Susan Applegate 2
Liliya Zagorodnyuk Unknown Unknown 25
Mark Twain Unknown Unknown 19
Neo Positive Unknown Unknown 21
Nik Unknown Unknown 18
Nogu Svelo! Unknown Unknown 7
Opium Unknown Unknown 16
Plazma Unknown Unknown 9
Premyer-Ministr "Northern Girl" Kim Breitburg, Karen Kavaleryan, Yevgeny Fridlyand, Irina Antonyan 1
Rinat Ibragimov "Shurale" Unknown 5
Sed'maya Model "Vanyusha" (Ванюша) Unknown 24
Sergey Chelobanov and Ksenia "Ya i ty" (Я и ты) Unknown 8
Sherif Unknown Unknown 14
Shura Sharman Unknown Unknown 20
Vitas Unknown Unknown 3
Yury Zimakov Unknown Unknown 11
Second Round[3]
Artist Song Place
Premyer-Ministr "Northern Girl" 1
Kristina Orbakaitė "All My Love" 2
Vitas Unknown 3

At Eurovision[edit]

Russia performed 7th at the 2002 Contest, following Croatia and preceding Estonia. Premier Ministr anglicized their band name and appeared in the contest as Prime Minister. After the voting concluded, Russia scored 55 points and placed 10th.[5]

The voting spokesperson for Russia was Arina Sharapova.[3]



  1. ^ "Eurovision Song Contest 2002". Retrieved 12 July 2013.
  3. ^ a b c d e Mikheev, Andy. "Eurovision 2002 Prime Minister". ESCKaz. Retrieved 12 July 2013.
  4. ^ "Collectors guide".
  5. ^ "Final of Tallinn 2002". European Broadcasting Union. Archived from the original on 8 April 2021. Retrieved 8 April 2021.
  6. ^ a b "Results of the Final of Tallinn 2002". European Broadcasting Union. Archived from the original on 8 April 2021. Retrieved 8 April 2021.