Dina Garipova only 20 years old is representing Russia in the Eurovision Song Contest 2013 with the song “What If”, a controversy tune which is allegedly accused for pure plagiarism of various songs already released and popular on YouTube. Nevertheless Russia is bidding high in the polls and bets and many say that if the votes spread then St Petersburg 2014 could be an option. You can read more about the scandal here.
WHAT WE LIKED
Despite her weight Dina manages to amaze everyone with her vocal performance, the only original thing in the Russian entry for Eurovision Song Contest 2013.
WHAT WE DISLIKED
We dislike the fact that the song is a copycat of Her’say song already released in 2007 and we dislike the fact that most media and official organizers ignored the information provided online from various forum sites and webpages. We dislike the way Russia bids to win again and we hope not to win. It’s of course obvious that mama Russia will proceed to the final. After all can you imagine millions of Russians not watching the final on May 18th? It’s not in no one’s best interest.
INFORMATION ABOUT RUSSIA
Dina was born on March the 25th 1991 in the city of Zelenodolsk (in the Republic of Tatarstan), to a medical family. From the age of six, she took classes in singing at the Golden Microphone Theatre. Now, Dina is a student of journalism at the Kazan University. Dina is a proud prize winner of different musical contests: the Firebird Russian National Song Contest (1999), the Republican Festival “Constellation” (2001), International Contest in Estonia (2005). Dina Garipova as a member of the Golden Microphone Theatre participated in the International Contest in France where their musical won the Grand Prix. In 2010 Dina’s first solo concert took place in her home city Zelenodolsk.
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