We missed the first 10 minutes of Russia’s national final due to a rip in the time-space continuum (specifically, my inability to figure out the time zone difference between Central European Time and Eastern Standard Time). We only missed yet another performance of “Fairytale” by Alexander Rybak, though, and since we’re coming around to Graham Norton’s feelings about Rybak, this was fine by us. He later performed another song after Dima Bilan performed yet another performance of “Believe.”
Missing from all this, incidentally, is last year’s Russian entry, Anastasiya Prykhodko’s “Mamo.” This is not a bad thing.
I don’t remember much of how Russia tallied up the votes for their entries last year, but this year’s tally was the same as the 2008 national final, in which at the end, the hosts go through and announce the scores given to each performer by the public and by the jury. In the end, the prize of representing Russia at Eurovision went to the delightfully odd “Lost and Forgotten” by Peter Nalitch:
This is kind of awful and kind of awesome all at the same time. It’s sort of like a parody of Balkan Eurovision entries, only it doesn’t know it. Unless it does. I don’t know. It’s not got a chance in hell of winning, but the more I hear it, the more it grows on me. Like fungus, granted, but still…
Yet this was not the only bizarre Russia entry. There was Buranovskiye Babushki, which is, as you can probably guess from the name, a group of singing and dancing grandmothers. I am embarrassed to admit how much I liked this song:
But the camp highlight of the evening had to be Oleg Bezinskih’s performance. If you’re going to go over the top, be sure you clear top by a good few feet. Or a good mile, for that matter:
This is everything Krassimir Avramov tried to do last year and failed at, really.