This year's Eurovision host broadcaster, Channel 1 Russia, have announced that the country's national selection for the 2009 event will take place in early March. The responsible for musical contents of the broadcaster, Mr Yuri Aksyuta, also revealed that over 1,000 songs have already been submitted. Most of those names are unknown, Mr Aksyuta added, and they are not only singers, but also actors, poets and composers.
Mr Konstantin Ernst, head of the public broadcaster, revealed today that the Russian national selection for Eurovision 2009 will be held in early March. Ernst also showed the host country's plans for this year, saying that they have to offer "a high quality performance which will represent the country with dignity" to carry out Russia's ambitious plans.
The new rules implemented to the 2009 Eurovision Song Contest will be used in the Russian national selection as well: the results will be made up by a mix of jury vote and public vote at a 50/50 split, Mr Ernst explained.