Channel One Russia (C1R) and members of a professional jury formed a short list out of the whole number. Limited number of performers will qualify for the national final, which C1R is going to broadcast live on 7th of March.
Musicians that represented Russia at the Eurovision Song Contest in previous years would attend the final as star guests – Dima Bilan, Julya Savicheva, Alsu, Maria Katz, Natalia Podolskaya, Prime Minister and Silver.
Viewers will vote for the winner of the selection that will represent Russia in the Grand Final of Europe's favorite TV-show at the Olimpiysky Hall in Moscow on 16th of May.
Additional information on national selection in Russia will be provided soon.
Russian won the contest last year with Dima Bilan's Believe and thus hosts this year's show.