Russia in the Eurovision Song Contest
|National selection events|
|Appearances||22 (21 finals)|
|Best result||1st: 2008|
|Worst result||15th: 2018 SF|
|Channel One page|
|Russia's page at Eurovision.tv|
| For the most recent participation see|
Russia in the Eurovision Song Contest 2019
Russia has participated in the Eurovision Song Contest 22 times since their debut in 1994. Russia won the 2008 contest with Dima Bilan performing the song "Believe". One of the most successful countries in the contest in the 21st century with a total of ten top five placements, Russia finished second with Alsou in 2000, Dima Bilan in 2006, Buranovskiye Babushki in 2012 and Polina Gagarina in 2015; third with t.A.T.u. in 2003, Serebro in 2007, Sergey Lazarev in 2016 and 2019, and fifth with Dina Garipova in 2013. In 2018, they failed to qualify for the final for the first time in their history.
Their debut was in the 1994 contest after Russia became a member of the European Broadcasting Union (EBU). Russia came second at four contests; in 2000 with the song "Solo" performed by Alsou, in 2006 with Dima Bilan's song "Never Let You Go", in 2012 with the song "Party for Everybody" performed by Buranovskiye Babushki, and in 2015 with Polina Gagarina's song "A Million Voices". They also achieved four third-place finishes; in 2003 with t.A.T.u's song "Ne Ver', Ne Boysia", Serebro's in 2007 with their entry "Song #1", and in 2016 as well as 2019 with Sergey Lazarev's song "You Are the Only One" and "Scream" respectively.
In 1996, Russia's entry was Andrey Kosinsky with the song "Me is me", but on the eve of competition (for the second time in their history), he scored an insufficient number of points in a special qualifying round and therefore missed the final.
In 1998, because Russia did not participate in the contest (due to lower average scores in participating in previous competitions), Russia refused to broadcast the competition and the European Broadcasting Union in return forbade the country to participate the following year. According to unconfirmed information, Russia was required to submit Tatyana Ovsiyenko with the song "My Sun".
Russia was the most successful country in Eurovision in 2000-2009, with one win, two second places, and two third places. However, in 2010 they finished 11th, and in 2011 they were 16th, which was the worst place for Russia since 1995. Interest in the competition fell, but in 2012 Buranovskiye Babushki finished in second place, increasing Russia's interest in the show. Russia holds the record for the most top five finishes in the 21st century, with ten, with Sergey Lazarev holding the record of the highest score of any Russian contestant, who finished third in 2016 with 491 points.
In 2018, for the very first time, a Russian contestant failed to reach the final. Yulia Samoylova, who represented the country with the song "I Won't Break", failed to qualify to the Grand Final from the second semi-final.
In February 2019, Sergey Lazarev was once again confirmed as the Russian representative for Eurovision 2019 in Tel Aviv . Which makes Sergey the second return artist in Russian Eurovision participation history after Dima Bilan, who participated in 2006 and 2008 respectively. He represented his country with the song Scream, managed to bring Russia back to grand final for the first time since 2016 and achieved the 10th top 5 result by finishing third once again.
The contest has been broadcast irregularly on two different public state channels in Russia, both EBU members: for the 1994 and 1996 it was broadcast on Russia-1 of VGTRK, while in 1995, 1997 and from 1999 to 2007 the contest was broadcast on Channel One. Since 2008, there is an alternation on broadcast and selection, with Russia-1 on even years, and Channel One on odd ones. This however changed after not broadcasting 2017 contest, now Channel One does the broadcast and selection on even years, while Russia-1 on odd ones.
- Table key
|1994||Youddiph||Russian||"Vechni stranik" (Вечный странник)||9||70||No semi-finals|
|1995||Philipp Kirkorov||Russian||"Kolybelnaya dlya vulkana" (Колыбельная для вулкана)||17||17|
|1996a||Andrey Kosinsky||Russian||"Ya eto ya" (Я это я)||Failed to qualify||26||14|
|1997||Alla Pugacheva||Russian||"Primadonna" (Примадонна)||15||33||No semi-finals|
|Did not participate between 1998 and 1999b|
|2001||Mumiy Troll||English||"Lady Alpine Blue"||12||37|
|2002||Prime Minister||English||"Northern Girl"||10||55|
|2003||t.A.T.u.||Russian||"Ne ver', ne boisia" (Не верь, не бойся)||3||164|
|2004||Julia Savicheva||English||"Believe Me"||11||67||Top 11 Previous Year[a]|
|2005||Natalia Podolskaya||English||"Nobody Hurt No One"||15||57||Top 12 Previous Year[a]|
|2006||Dima Bilan||English||"Never Let You Go"||2||248||3||217|
|2007||Serebro||English||"Song #1"||3||207||Top 10 Previous Year[a]|
|2009||Anastasia Prikhodko||Russian, Ukrainian||"Mamo" (Мамо)||11||91||Host country[b]|
|2010||Peter Nalitch and Friends||English||"Lost and Forgotten"||11||90||7||74|
|2011||Alexej Vorobjov||English, Russian||"Get You"||16||77||9||64|
|2012||Buranovskiye Babushki||Udmurt, English||"Party for Everybody"||2||259||1||152|
|2013||Dina Garipova||English||"What If"||5||174||2||156|
|2015||Polina Gagarina||English||"A Million Voices"||2||303||1||182|
|2016||Sergey Lazarev||English||"You Are the Only One"||3||491||1||342|
|2017d||Julia Samoylova||English||"Flame Is Burning"||Withdrawn|
|2018||Julia Samoylova||English||"I Won't Break"||Failed to qualify||15||65|
- a. ^ In 1996 Russia failed to qualify from the audio only pre-qualification round. The official Eurovision site does not count 1996 in Russia's total list of appearances.
- b. ^ Russia was forced to sit out another year in 1999, as the EBU only allows countries which had broadcast the previous year's contest to enter the next year's contest.
- c. If a country won the previous year, they did not have to compete in Semi Finals. In addition, back in 2005-2007, countries who done well did not have to compete in Semi Finals the following year. The top ten non-Big four along with the Big four countries automatically qualified, for example, if Germany and France placed inside the top 10, the 11th and 12th spots were advanced to next year's Grand Final along with everyone within the top 10.
- d. ^ Russia withdrew from the 2017 contest, after Julia Samoylova was banned from entering the host country Ukraine. The official Eurovision site does not count 2017 in Russia's total list of appearances.
As of 2019, Russia's voting history is as follows:
Act selection process
|1994||National Final with 9 participants||RTR|
|1996||National Final with 14 participants||RTR|
|Did not participate between 1998 and 1999|
|2005||National Final with 29 participants|
|2008||National Final with 27 participants||Russia 1|
|2009||National Final with 16 participants||Channel 1|
|2010||National Final with 25 participants||Russia 1|
|2011||Internal Selection||Channel 1|
|2012||National Final with 25 participants||Russia 1|
|2013||Internal Selection||Channel 1|
Commentators and spokespersons
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|1994||Sergei Antipov||No Dual Commentator||Irina Klenskaya||RTR|
|1996||Vadim Dolgachyov||Russia did not participate||RTR|
|1997||Philipp Kirkorov||Sergei Antipov||Arina Sharapova||ORT|
|1998||No Broadcast||No Broadcast||Russia did not participate||No Broadcast|
|1999||Aleksej Zhuravlev||Tatjana Godunova||ORT|
|2001||Alexander Anatolievich||Konstantin Mikhailov||Larisa Verbickaya|
|2002||Yuriy Aksuta||Elena Batinova||Arina Sharapova|
|2003||Yana Churikova||Channel 1|
|2008||Dmitry Guberniev||Olga Shelest||Oxana Fedorova||Russia 1|
|2009||Yana Churikova||Semi-finals — Aleksey Manuylov;
Final — Philipp Kirkorov
|Ingeborga Dapkunaite||Channel 1|
|2010||Dmitry Guberniev||Olga Shelest||Oxana Fedorova||Russia 1|
|2011||Yuriy Aksuta||Yana Churikova||Dima Bilan||Channel 1|
|2012||Dmitry Guberniev||Olga Shelest||Oxana Fedorova||Russia 1|
|2013||Yuriy Aksuta||Yana Churikova||Alsou||Channel 1|
|2014||Dmitry Guberniev||Olga Shelest||Russia 1|
|2015||Yuriy Aksuta||Yana Churikova||Dmitry Shepelev||Channel 1|
|2016||Dmitry Guberniev||Ernest Matskyavichys||Nyusha||Russia 1|
|2017||No Broadcast||No Broadcast||Russia did not participate||No Broadcast|
|2018||Yuriy Aksuta||Yana Churikova||Alsou||Channel 1|
|2019||Dmitry Guberniev||Olga Shelest||Ivan Bessonov||Russia 1|
|2009||Moscow||Olympic Indoor Arena||Semi-finals: Natalia Vodianova and Andrey Malahov;|
Final: Alsou and Ivan Urgant
Marcel Bezençon Awards
|Year||Song||Performer||Final Result||Points||Host city|
|2016||"You Are the Only One"||Sergey Lazarev||3rd||491||Stockholm|
- Russia in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest – Junior version of the Eurovision Song Contest.
- Russia in the Eurovision Dance Contest – Dance version of the Eurovision Song Contest.
- Russia in the Eurovision Young Dancers – A competition organised by the EBU for younger dancers aged between 16 and 21.
- Russia in the Eurovision Young Musicians – A competition organised by the EBU for musicians aged 18 years and younger.
- Russia in the Türkvizyon Song Contest – A contest for countries and regions which are of Turkic-speaking or Turkic ethnicity.
Notes and references
- According to the then-Eurovision rules, the top ten non-Big Four countries from the previous year along with the Big Four automatically qualified for the Grand Final without having to compete in semi-finals. For example, if Germany and France placed inside the top ten, the 11th and 12th spots were advanced to next year's Grand Final along with all countries ranked in the top ten.
- If a country had won the previous year, they did not have to compete in the semi-finals the following year.
- "Страна провожает Сергея Лазарева на "Евровидение"" (in Russian). Russia-1. 30 April 2019. Retrieved 1 May 2019.
- "Иван Бессонов объявит в эфире результаты "Евровидения-2019"" (in Russian). Russia-1. Retrieved 1 May 2019.
- "Exclusive: The hosts of the 2009 Eurovision Song Contest!". Eurovision.tv. Retrieved 7 May 2009.
- Points to and from Russia eurovisioncovers.co.uk