Евровидение-2012. "Бурановские бабушки"/Eurovision 2012. "Buranovskiye Babushki" / Автор: Владимир Широков/Vladimir Shirokov

    Buranovskiye Babushki/ Buranovo Grannies

    "Buranovskiye Babushki" ("Buranovo Grannies") is a folk group from the village of Buranovo in Malopurginsky area in the Udmurt Republic, Russian Federation. The eldest member of the group is 77 years old. 

    Buranovskiye Babushki became known in 2008, when a television report about this Udmurt ensemble was shown in the news on the TV channel "Russia".  "Buranovskiye Babushki" caught the attention of the viewers because of their covers of Russian and Western popular songs originally interpreted by "Aquarium", "Kino", "The Beatles", "Queen", "Shocking Blue" sung in Udmurt language in folk style.

    The real fame came to "Buranovskiye Babushki" after the Russian National Final of the Eurovision-2010. Although the other band - Peter Nalich and Friends - won that time, the performance of "Buranovskiye Babushki" became the main sensation of the contest (the "Grannies" got in the third place with the song "How to live").

    After the Russian National Final 2010 followed the numerous television shootings and concerts on the TV channel "Russia". "Buranovskiye Babushki" performed in the TV programme "Saturday night" with the song "Snow, snow". Memorable were their appearance in the New Year’s Eve show (duet with Evgeniy Petrosyan), in the TV show "Good evening with Maxim Galkin" with the cover-version of "Arlekino" for Alla Pugacheva.

    "Buranovskiye Babushki" participated in different anniversary and gala concerts. They performed the song "Valenki" with Nadezhda Babkina during her anniversary concert, sang with children ensembles "Neposedy" and "Domisolka".  In 2011 "Buranovskiye Babushki" performed Queen’s legendary "We are the champions" on the New Year show of the TV channel "Kultura".

    "Buranovskiye Babushki" also performed a duo with a rapper Timati and the boyband "Ivanushki International".

    During the last two years the ensemble from Buranovo performed in many prestigious concerts in Moscow and other cities of Russia including a special performance together with Vyacheslav Butusov at the open air festival "Rock above Volga" with more than 200 thousands of fans. They performed at the same time at one stage with Jose Carreras and Emir Kusturica, toured through Estonia and France, participated in gala concerts in the State Kremlin Palace.

    The ensemble from Buranovo recorded the CD "Poslushaj babushku" ("Listen to the granny").

    In March 2012 "Buranovskiye Babushki" won the Eurovision National Final and beat a duet of the Eurovision-2008 winner Dima Bilan and ex-member of "Tatu" Yuliya Volkova.

    During the first two weeks the "Party for Everybody" got more than 5 millions views on YouTube.

    After the triumph of Dima Bilan on the Eurovision 2008 success of Russian performers on the Eurovion Song Contest was very moderate (for example, in 2011 Alexey Vorobiev was only 16th). On this background, the enormous worldwide interest without exaggeration is unique for the more than 50 years of the Eurovision Song Contest history. After the 10th of March, 4 to 5 camera and journalist crews come to Buranovo per day, including ВВС, TF1, Reuters and others.

    "Buranovskiye Babushki" will perform in the first semi-final on Tuesday, 22d of May.

    The "Eurovision-2012" Final is on Sunday, the 26th of May.

    Music of the song "Party for Everybody" for "Buranovskiye Babushki" is composed by Viktor Drobysh and Timofei Leontiev, the Udmurt lyrics is written by Olga Tuktareva, the English version by Mary S. Applegate.