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Russian national final on 7th of March

09 December 2009 at 22:25 CET

While, in 2009, the Russian broadcaster Channel One Russia was in charge of organising both the Russian national selection and the Eurovision Song Contest itself, the responsibility has switched to RTR again for 2010. Today, RTR released the rules for the national selection on their website. In the first stage of the selection procedure, singers and songwriters can send in their songs, and a jury will evaluate them. The songs have to comply with the rules of the Eurovision Song Contest, and the lyrics of all songs have to be submitted in both English and Russian language.

In the end, 25 acts will be picked to take part in the national final, to be broadcast live from Moscow on the 7th of March. The outcome will be decided by a combination of televoting, SMS voting, web voting, and a professional jury. TV viewers can start casting their votes after the first entry has been performed, and the voting window will close 10 minutes after the last song has been performed.