RUSSIA – The act and song that will represent Russia at the Eurovision Song Contest (ESC) in Rotterdam will be chosen by the public during a special show that will broadcast live on Channel One Russia at 18:00 CET on Monday 8 March.
Head of Music & Entertainment for Channel One Russia, Yury Aksyuta, shared their thoughts:
“There are two main ways to choose the national act for the Eurovision Song Contest. It can be an internal decision by the broadcaster like it was in the case of Duncan Laurence, who went on to win the contest in 2019. Or the broadcaster may arrange a national selection with the winner to be named by the jury and/or public. During recent years we often selected our representative internally but this time we want our viewers to make the final choice after we present them with songs that meet the Eurovision Song Contest requirements’.
Little Big were due to represent their country before the Contest was canceled in 2020; the St Petersburg band set the record for the most viewed video (Uno) on the official Eurovision Song Contest YouTube channel. It is unknown if they will participate next Monday.