After immense mystery surrounding their selection process, Russia uncovered their Eurovision plans in a spontaneous national selection. The show opened with Eurovision 2020 representatives Little Big, who announced that they would not be part of the Russian selection this year, saying,
‘We are happy to have had the opportunity to go to Eurovision last year, but Russia is full of creative people and we want to give the stage to new artists. We’re very proud that ‘Uno’ set the record for most number of views on the official Eurovision YouTube page’
With Little Big out of the running for this year’s selection, the next question was, who is competing in the selection? A total of three acts performed their songs:
- Therr Maitz – Future Is Bright
- #2Mashi – Bitter Words
- Manizha – Russian Woman
The Public decided the winner of the selection, with Manizha winning the public vote with 39.7% of the vote, followed by #2Mashi with 35.7% and Therr Maitz with 24.6%.
Manizha is a singer-songwriter, musician, author, director, performer and public figure, and this year, can add Eurovision representative to her list of achievements.