Russia: Reactions to Manizha and her song for Eurovision 2021 continue!

Problems with the song selected at Eurovision have not only been in Cyprus, as you have understood. In Russia, the song chosen for the contest seems to be divisive, while the country’s Orthodox Church is also critical of Manizha’s Russian Woman.

The Russian Orthodox Church has commented to RIA Novosti on the country’s entry in the contest, saying that songs that infuriate “female compatriots” and humiliate women’s dignity should not be chosen.

On Wednesday, the representative of the Council of the Russian Federation, Valentina Matvienko, as we informed you in our relevant article, expressed surprise at the content of Manizha’s song, asking for information from Channel 1 about the process of selecting a singer and song that followed .

In turn, Senator Elena Afanasieva noted that “many Russians were surprised by this choice: surprised by the appearance, surprised by the song.” According to Afanasieva: “there is no meaning in the song, it is not understood what kind of African-American dance it is!”. The senator believes that it is necessary to understand what values ​​the performer representing Russia preserves or not.

“A significant part of the Russian public is outraged by this piece. “I have heard of a negative reaction both from the Orthodox community, specifically from women (the Orthodox Women’s Union protested), and that many Russian women are outraged by this song,” said the deputy head of the synodal department of the Moscow Patriarchate. Church – Society and Media relations.

In fact, he stressed that “any creation that has to do with Russia and has female issues in its content should not provoke anger among the women of our country.”

“We proceed from the fact that the protection of traditional values ​​is enshrined in the constitution of the country and one of them is the value of motherhood, which presupposes unconditional respect for women. “Anything that demeans a woman’s dignity is not worth spreading internationally, including the Eurovision Song Contest,” said a spokesman for the Russian Orthodox Church.

Manizha has its origins in Tajikistan, which became known through social media. In December 2020, she became the first UN goodwill ambassador for refugees from Russia.

The song has so far been characterized as: a challenge for the Russians, a parody of them, which leaves a bad taste “.

The Orthodox Women’s Union insists it cannot go to Eurovision, as the image of Russia is being publicly insulted. The song in it talks about children who grow up without a father, about broken families, about women who are considered older after 30 and are pressured to have children, about women who “must” lose weight and about the fact that Russian women always want to leave country and seek their fortune elsewhere;

As you understand the drama does not end…

Source: Tass

Russia: These are the candidates for the national final!

After yesterday’s article about the really high probability of not seeing the Little Big compete in the national final of Russia, we will now bring you the first information we have about the three artists we will see claiming the Russian representation in Eurovision 2021. Read more

Russia: Little Big will NOT take part in the national final for Eurovision 2021! UPDATED

Unfortunately and according to our exclusive and secure information, Little Big, the band that would represent Russia in last year’s Eurovision Song Contest, will not be candindates in the national final on March 8, organized by the country’s public television, for artist and song selection for this year’s competition.

It is still unknown who the candidates will be, although given that this national final will last only 1 hour, it is easy to understand that there will be no more than five candidates.

The dancer who participates in the commercial trailer of the national final and also participated in the video clip of Little Big Uno, is not a member of the band, he just collaborated with them last year.

What we also know about Monday is the appearance of Natalia Gordienko who will perform “Sugar”, this year’s entry of Moldova. It is also known that both Phillip Kirkorov and Yulia Savicheva, Russia’s representative in 2004, will appear.

We remind you that Little Big was one of the big favorites in last year’s canceled contest, with the song Uno, which broke all records of views on the Eurovision YouTube channel.

UPDATE

Apparently the thriller will last until Monday, as newer information contradicts what we learned earlier. We apologize for the inconvenience, but at the moment nothing can be guaranteed with 100% certainty.

Little Big are thus added to the list of artists who would represent their country in last year’s contest, but do not return to Eurovision 2021!

Stay tuned to Eurovisionfun for all the developments related to the 65th Eurovision Song Contest!

Philipp Kirkorov appeals to the European Court of Human Rights!

Philipp Kirkorov has decided to react strongly after the announcement of the Lithuanian Immigration Department a few days ago, that his name was added to a list of unwanted citizens who were banned from entering the Baltic country for the next five years. According to what was conveyed to us from the environment of the biggest pop star of Russia, he has already started the proceedings with his lawyers, to appeal to the European Court of Human Rights. Read more

Editorial: How fair will the “live on tape video” be for Eurovision 2021?

The announcement of the EBU and the Dutch organizers for the live on tape video that will be made by the 41 participants of Eurovision 2021, although it ensures that the contest will take place even in the worst case scenario regarding the course of the pandemic, but leaves many questions in the part of justice and equal conditions that should govern the competition.

What exactly is live on tape video?

According to what was announced, all participating broadcasters were asked to record a live performance of their entry in their country. This recording will be delivered before the contest and will take place in a studio. The recording will take place in real time (as it would in the Contest) without making changes to the vocals or any part of the show itself after the recording.

There will be freedom in the delegations, to present as they consider their entries better, but instructions will be given which will ensure the fairness and integrity of the competition. There will be no audience and the recording should be unique and not be published before the event in May.

Delegations are allowed to use similar technical capabilities and dimensions that would be available on stage in Rotterdam, but are also free to choose a more limited production facility. Video recordings must not contain augmented or virtual reality, overlays, confetti, drone shots, water, color use or green screen.

How to ensure meritocracy and fairness in the contest?

In addition to the above, the EBU also announced a series of safety valves, which will ensure that the 41 live video tapes will have been made under the same conditions. Indicatively, we mention that those present in the video recording will be a representative of the Dutch public broadcaster, while the shooting will be watched by the executive supervisor of the contest, as well as a representative from an independent voting observer (E&Y). The duration of the shooting will be one hour and at this time the participants will be able to videotape up to three times their appearance. The selection of the shot will be made by the Head of Delegation and another authorized representative.

Our doubts about live on tape video

First of all, let’s say that even under normal conditions, not everyone competes on equal terms. What do we mean by that? We see in recent years on the eurovision stage, impressive appearances, with the help of the use of technology. Technology that not all broadcasters can use. Fro example Serbian public broadcaster cannot spend the money that Swedish public broadcaster spends. Albanian television cannot spend the money spent by Russian or Azerbaijani television and so on.

So, many times the countries participating in the contest can start from different points of view, but what mitigates the above a bit is that they share the same stage and it is ensured that everyone sings live. With the advancement of technology, and given that each country can use any studio it wants, even that is in question.

We read that Russia uses virtual reality in its appearance for Junior Eurovision 2020, where the contest will take place via live on tape video. An effect that other countries probably will not have at their disposal, for economic and technical reasons.

Of course for the live on tape videos of Eurovision 2021 the EBU has banned such special effects. However, LEDs are not prohibited and it is possible for different sized scenes, something that, as you understand, will differentiate the final result.

What we all hope is that everything you read remains on a theoretical level only. The situation with the pandemic to improve and to have a Eurovision as close to normal as possible, with the 41 artists performing their songs on the stage of the Ahoy Arena!

What is your opinion about the live on tape video? Are equal conditions guaranteed for all?

Eurovision 2021: Participants will record their songs “live-on-tape” to ensure Contest will happen!

The EBU recently revealed how to ensure that Eurovision 2021 will happen, even in the worst case scenario with the course of the coronary pandemic.

Eurovision 2021 will take place in every way

After yesterday’s announcement that the distribution of countries in the two semifinals remains the same as that of Eurovision 2020, but also the presentation of the four possible scenarios for the conduct of Eurovision 2021, now another detail is given, concerning scenario D. In the new announcement of the EBU, concern the case in which in May the situation with the pandemic will be such that it will not allow air travel and reconnaissance, having a contest as Junior Eurovision 2020 will happen in a few days . With video appearances of the participants!

What is the process

All participating broadcasters were asked to record a live performance of their entries in their country. This recording will be delivered before the contest and will take place in a studio. The recording will take place in real time (as it would in the contest) without making changes to the vocals or any part of the show itself after the recording.

There will be freedom in the delegations, to present as they consider their participations better, but instructions will be given which will ensure the fairness and integrity of the competition. There will be no audience and the recording should be unique and not be published before the event in May.

Delegations are allowed to use similar technical capabilities and dimensions that would be available on stage in Rotterdam, but are also free to choose a more limited production facility. Video recordings must not contain augmented or virtual reality, overlays, confetti, drone shots, water, color use or green screen.

How will it be fair?

Normally in the Eurovision Song Contest all the artists would appear on the same stage under the same conditions giving everyone the same opportunity to shine. For the live recordings, the Reference Group of the Eurovision Song Contest approved additional measures to guarantee the fairness of the contest.

Prior to the recording, each participating broadcaster will meet with a representative from Host Broadcasters and submit a recording session schedule, studio setup and camera schedule.

The Head of Delegation will be on site during the registration period of 60 minutes and up to three authorized expirations, either alone or with an appropriate mandate, to make the final decision on the selection of the final receipt (from three).

A live link will be created during the recording to allow the Eurovision Executive Supervisor and a representative from an independent voting observer (E&Y) and Host Broadcaster to monitor the recording, provide assistance and support, and ensure the integrity and fairness of the contest.

No videos of the appearances from the national finals can be submitted, but each country can record on the same stage. The “live-on-tape” recordings must be delivered by the end of March.

Of course, as we mentioned at the beginning of the article, all of the above will apply in the case of contestants who will not be able to attend Rotterdam in May. The 65th Eurovision Song Contest will take place anyway!

Source: Eurovision.tv

Eurovision 2021: Allocation draw in semi-finals remains the same as in 2020!

A little while ago through the official social networks of the contest, it was announced that the draw of the semi-finals of this year’s contest will also apply to Eurovision 2021. Read more

Russia: With Little Big in Eurovision 2021?

A very important speculation is circulating internet the last hour. According to the Russian Eurovision fan club VK, the CEO of the public broadcaster Channel1, Konstantin Ernst, has confirmed that Little Big will have a second chance to get on the Eurovision stage.

On 28th of September Channel 1 confirmed that it is going to be the responsible broadcaster for the selection of the representative of Russia at Eurovision 2021, since the 2020 was canceled. In Russia, there are two broadcasters that are members of the EBU, Channel 1 and RTR. Therefore the project is undertaken alternately by each channel.

If the speculation of the fan club VK is true, then Little Big will raise the number of the returning artists from 2020 to 23.

It is unknown yet when the speculations will be confirmed from Channel 1, since we are used to get the news from Russia at the very last moment.

Let’s remember the entry that was meant to compete at the 2020 contest, and was one of the hot favourites.

https://youtu.be/L_dWvTCdDQ4

 

Eurovision 2021: 41 countries to participate!!

A few moments ago, the EBU revealed the list of the participating countries at the upcoming contest of Eurovision 2021, on 18th, 20th and 22nd of May in Rotterdam the Netherlands. Actually they are the same 41 nations that were about to take part in the 2020 contest that was canceled due to the COVID19 pandemic.

EBU and the Dutch host broadcasters NPO, NOS and AVROTROS have already revealed the 4 scenarios which their are focused on, and they abide by the restrictions and the facts of the pandemic and according to which the Eurovision 2021 will take place. The scenario, which will be chosen, will be announced in due time.

Martin Österdahl, Executive Supervisor of the Eurovision Song Contest, said:

“We are grateful for the commitment of the 41 participating broadcasters in helping us bring the Eurovision Song Contest back in 2021.”

“We have the exact same line up of countries that would have competed in 2020 and we are thrilled that they will all return next year. Together with our host broadcasters we are continuing to develop the 4 different scenarios and maintaining a dialogue with all participants. The team from NPO, NOS and AVROTROS are working hard on ensuring the Eurovision Song Contest will provide the excitement and innovation expected by over 180 million viewers, despite the challenging circumstances.”

 

Of the 41 nations taking part, 35 will compete in two Semi-Finals with 10 successful acts from each Semi-Final joining the Big 5 (France, Germany, Italy, Spain, United Kingdom) and hosts the Netherlands in the Grand Final.

Sietse Bakker, Executive Producer of the Eurovision Song Contest 2021, said:

“It is fantastic that the same 41 countries that would have taken part this year still want to come to the Netherlands in May 2021. This demonstrates their confidence in our country still being able to organize a successful Eurovision Song Contest in Rotterdam next year, after the cancellation of the 2020 edition.”

“We have set the bar high to create 3 amazing live shows for an audience of 180 million people, even in these challenging times. To achieve this, we are working on an extensive protocol that guarantees the health of employees, participants, the press and visitors as much as possible.”

 

Participating broadcasters
The following countries (and EBU Member broadcasters) will participate in the Eurovision Song Contest 2021 in Rotterdam:

Albania (RTSH)

Armenia (AMPTV)

Australia (SBS)*

Austria (ORF)

Azerbaijan (Ictimai TV)

Belarus (BTRC)

Belgium (VRT)

Bulgaria (BNT)

Croatia (HRT)

Cyprus (CyBC)

Czech Republic (CT)

Denmark (DR)

Estonia (ERR)

Finland (YLE)

France (FT)

Germany (ARD/NDR)

Georgia (GPB)

Greece (ERT)

Iceland (RUV)

Ireland (RTE)

Israel (KAN)

Italy (RAI)

Latvia (LTV)

Lithuania (LRT)

Malta (PBS)

Moldova (TRM)

The Netherlands (AVROTROS)

North Macedonia (MKRTV)

Norway (NRK)

Poland (TVP)

Portugal (RTP)

Romania (TVR)

Russia (Channel One)

San Marino (RTV)

Serbia (RTS)

Slovenia (RTVSLO)

Spain (TVE)

Sweden (SVT)

Switzerland (SRG SSR)

Ukraine (UA:PBC)

United Kingdom (BBC)

*EBU Associate

 

It is worth to be mentioned this is the first time since 1990 that we have the same amount of participating countries in two consecutive years.

Source: Eurovision.tv

Russia: Channel 1 responsible for Eurovision 2021

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.

Source: Esctoday