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Russian Grandmothers Are Eurovision Front Runners — and Web Darlings

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on March 13, 2012

By WILLIAM LEE ADAMS

The sight of six grandmothers in traditional peasant wear doesn’t exactly scream YouTube hit. But not all grandmothers are as endearing as the Buranovskiye Babushki (the Grannies from Buranovo).

On March 7 the women — aged between 43 and 74 — defeated 24 other acts to win the right to represent Russia at Eurovision — the pan-European singing contest that is also the world’s most watched nonsporting event. (Think of it as American Idol meets the Olympic Games.) Since then, the video of them performing their song “Party for Everybody” during Russia’s national final has been watched more than 3 million times on YouTube.

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The sextet of flamboyant grandmothers hails from Udmurtia, a region in the Ural Mountains, and performed the song in their native language, Udmurt. The rather simple chorus is sung in English: “Party for everybody, dance/ Come on and dance/ Come on and dance/ Come on and boom, boom.” The group first rose to prominence locally when they stopped singing folks songs and started delivering their own rendition of international hits in their mother tongue. They previously entered Russia’s national contest for Eurovision in 2010, finishing third with their song “Sdelat Iz Nee Aishon,” which means “very long birch bark and how to turn it into a turban.” Read the rest of this entry »

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How Armenia and Azerbaijan Wage War Through Eurovision

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on March 11, 2012

Giel Domen / European Broadcasting Union

GIEL DOMEN / EUROPEAN BROADCASTING UNION
Armenia’s Eva Rivas performs “Apricot Stone” at Eurovision 2010 in Oslo, Norway. The song was widely interpreted as a statement about the Armenian genocide.

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