It’s Manizha for Russia!

March 8, 2021


Tonight, Russia held their much anticipated national final to select their Eurovision 2021 participant, and Manizha has emerged victorious with the song Русская Женщина (Russian Woman) and will be flying the Russian flag in Rotterdam this May.

The national final aired on Channel One this evening was kept largely under wraps and participants and major details were kept secret until tonight. Three artists were in contention for the right to represent Russia at Eurovision and they were:

  • Therr Maits with Future Is Bright
  • #2Маши with Bitter Words
  • Manizha with Русская Женщина (Russian Woman)
Russia’s Eurovision representatives from 2020 Little Big opened the show with their 2020 entry Uno and Moldova’s Eurovision 2021 representative Natalia Gordienko performed as an interval act with her Eurovision entry Sugar. Philipp Kirkorov also performed during the voting interval with his Eurovision 1995 entry Колыбельная для вулкана, as did Polina Gagarina with the Russian version of her Eurovision 2015 entry A Million Voices and Dima Bilan with his Eurovision 2008 winning song Believe. 

This was Russia’s first national final since 2012 to select their participant for the Eurovision Song Contest, and the winner was chosen solely by public vote.

Who is Manizha?

Manizha Sangin, better known musically as Manizha, is a Russian-Tajik singer from Dushanbe, Tajikistan. In 2003 she began her career as a child singer, and went on to perform in groups RuKola and Krip De Shin before pursuing her solo career.

On March 8th 2021, Manizha participated in the Russian national final to select the representative for Eurovision 2021 and subsequently won with her song  Русская Женщина (Russian Woman) and will represent Russia at the 2021 Eurovision Song Contest in Rotterdam this May.

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