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Who will succeed Serebro in Russia?

Posted 9 March 2008 at 0:10

Russia has a very successful record in the Eurovision Song Contest of late, having finished in second position with Alsou with the song Solo in 2000, and Dima Bilan with Never Let You Go in 2006, and third position with t.A.T.u's Ne Ver Ne Bojsa in 2003 and Serebro with Song Number One in 2007.
The search for the 2008 representative began with 167 entries submitted, a special jury from Russian television shortlisted twenty five from these and recently, a further two have been added making a grand total of twenty seven. This will make the Russian final the biggest of 2008 as far as the number of competing songs is concerned.
No information has yet been released, beyond that of the names of the performers which are as follows :-
1. Assorti Band 2. Polina Smolova 3. Alsou Zainutdinova 4. Zhenya Otradnaya 5. Andrei Makarenko 6. Anna Mushak 7.Nora Adam 8. Natalia Terehova 9.Evgenia Rasskazova 10. Dima Bilan 11. Elena Gorskaya 12. Aleksandr Panayotov 13. Pier Narciss and Jam Sherif 14. Yulia Mihalchik 15. Granat Band 16. Sabrina 17. BK Band 18. Aza Batayeva 19. Tamila Grischenko 20. Prime Minister Band 21. Anatoliy Aleshin 22. Aleksei Vorobiev 23. Roman Bezhin 24. Sergei Lazarev 25 Natalia Astafeva 26. Maks Lorens and Satsura 27. Olga Varvus
Some familiar faces here with Eurovision Song Contest experience, as mentioned Dima Bilan finished in second place in the 2006 Contest with the song Never Let You Go, Polina Smolova represented her native Belarus in the 2006 Semi-Final but failed to qualify to the final with the song Mum, and Prime Minister Band represented Russia in the 2002 Final with the song Northern Girl ending in tenth position.
It is expected that the winner will be determined by part televoting and part expert jury. As soon as more information is forthcoming, further details will be provided.The final will commence at 18.40 CET.
Russia will compete in the First Semi-Final of the Eurovision Song Contest on Tuesday May 20th.
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