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Saturday, March 28, 2015

Runner-up: Russia 2012

You can say a lot of things about the Russian entries through the years, but they have been anything but square and boring. Recently they have, but they didn't use to be.

Russia bent the rules and pushed the limits and often added a rock star element as well as a general feeling that you never knew what to expect from them.

And when we thought we had seen it all, they enter a bunch of grandmothers singing happily about throwing a party for all their children and grand-children where the cat is happy and the dog is happy too. And everybody sing boom boom together.

The outcome could well be the happiest piece of televisual genius we have seen for years. The women of Buranovo smiled and sang slightly off-tune while baking bread in the huge oven they had brought along for the occasion. Irresistible and the last Russian entry to feel warm and inclusive and really mean it. Maybe the song isn't all that but these are three minutes you won't forget. I for one love every second of it.

A deserved 2nd place?
In a song contest where songs are given points because they are great songs - no. At this very time and place - yes. Babushki for everybody!

Buranovskiye Babushki - Party For Everybody (Russia 2012)

1 comment:

  1. I remember watching the semi final and thinking, it might not be Loreen after all. With the performance and the audience reaction the Russian Babushki might go all the way. THey didn't of course, but it was funny to see how the swedish media fell into panic just before the final trying to find a scandal or something else in the Russian entry to calm and reassure themselves and Swedish public that Russia was not any threatening the yellow and blue victory. Never seen Aftonblade so scared before.