With their song, 'Uno', Little Big was chosen to represent Russia in 2020. In light of the unfortunate cancellation of the 65th Eurovision Song Contest, we wish to highlight the impressive acts that were set to appear. This is 'In the spotlight', our feature honouring the artists that would have made up this year's edition of the world's largest live music event.
Russian public broadcaster C1R selected self-proclaimed punk-pop-rave band Little Big to represent the country at the Eurovision Song Contest 2020 in Rotterdam. Little Big was set to perform their song Uno in the first half of the first Semi-Final on 12 May.
Who is Little Big?
Little Big comes from St. Petersburg and consists of members Ilya Prusikin, Sonya Tayurskaya, Anton Lissov and Sergey Makarov. The group represents a cocktail of absurdity combined with powerful and catchy pop music and is currently ruling dancefloors across Russia and Europe.
Little Big is known for viral songs like Skibidi. The single became an instant worldwide sensation gaining 23 million views on YouTube in just 1 week. The video has reached more than 360 million views at the time of writing. The dance from the video is now the most popular meme in Russia, practised by famous Russian TV stars as well as popular rappers.
The idea for Uno came to the group members' minds while being on holiday in Los Angeles. There, a first demo was recorded in a DIY-studio. Back home in St. Petersburg, the lyrics were written and the vocals were recorded. After a few days, Uno was officially born. The song was entirely written and composed by the band.
READ MORE: Little Big's participant profile
The band took to social media to express their gratitude for their fans in the wake of the cancellation of Eurovision 2020:
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Russia in the Eurovision Song Contest
Russia made its debut in the Eurovision Song Contest in 1994 but didn't win until Dima Bilan lifted the trophy in Belgrade in 2008 with the song 'Believe'. In recent years Russia has become one of the most successful countries at the Eurovision Song Contest.
Whilst Russia has only won the Eurovision Song Contest once, it won the Semi-Finals in which it was competing in 2012, 2015 and 2016.
READ MORE: Russia's country page
Last year, Sergey Lazarev sang his song Scream in the Grand Final, coming in 3rd place.