Today, the Russian Broadcaster Channel 1, confirmed that Russia is going to take part in the Eurovision Song Contest 2021 in Rotterdam, the Netherlands.
In Russia, there are two broadcasters that are members of the EBU; Channel 1 and RTR. Therefore the project of Eurovision is undertaken by each channel alternately. For 2020, Channel 1 was responsible for the participation of the country, but due to the cancellation of the contest because of the COIVD-19 pandemic, it is going to be Channel 1 the responsible broadcaster for 2021 as well.
This is not something unprecedented. In 2017, it was Channel 1’s turn to arrange Russia’s participation. Because of the entrance ban, imposed to Julia Samoylova by the Ukrainian authorities, and the subsequent withdrawal of Russia from Kiev 2017, Channel 1 undertook the Eurovision project for 2018, choosing again Julia Samoylova.
As far as the selection process is concerned, nothing has been announced yet. Could the band Little Big be chosen again for 2021? Nobody knows. But since it’s Channel 1 responsible, no οne can rule out their return.