All songs for the Eurovision Song Contest 2011 have been selected. During the weeks between the national final season and the actual Eurovision Song Contest, we will introduce all 43 entries in random order. We are half way through and part thirty-nine of the series is dedicated to the Russian entry.
|Performer:||Alexej Vorobjov (Ð�Ð»ÐµÐºÑ�ÐµÐ¹ Ð�Ð¾Ñ�Ð¾Ð±Ñ�Ñ�Ð²)|
|Music:||Alexej Vorobjov, RedOne, AJ Junior, Bilal "The Chef", Eric Sanicola|
|Lyrics:||Alexej Vorobjov, RedOne, AJ Junior, Bilal "The Chef", Eric Sanicola|
7th in the first semi final
Get you is an up-tempo dance pop song. Through the lyrics, the protagonist tells the girl he desires that he has come to win her over:
If they watch
Let them watch
Not losing you tonight
I'm coming to get you
Oh oh oh
I'm running I'm gunning for you
Alexej Vorobjov, also known as Alex Sparrow, has been competing in music festivals since his childhood. Later he graduated from music schools as an acordonist and as a vocalist. In 2005, he competed in the Russian edition of the X-Factor finishing third. His debut album was released the year after and a string of recordings have followed since.
In 2008, he competed in the Russian national final for the Eurovision Song Contest for the first time. With the song New Russian kalinka he came fith. The year after he returned and finished fourth in the televoting with Angelom byt. In 2011, he was chosen internally to represent Russia at the Eurovision Song Contest in Düsseldorf with Get you.
Get you was written by Alexej Vorobjov himself, RedOne, AJ Junior, Bilal "The Chef" and Eric Sanicolay. RedOne is best known as co-producer of most of Lady GaGas hits including Pokerface and Bad romance. He is also the man behind Jennifer Lopez' current hit On the floor. Bilal has written songs for acts such as Kat DeLuna, Nicole Scherzinger and Backstreet Boys. Eric Sanicola has worked with David Bisbal.
The national selection
For the first time since 2007, singer and song were chosen internally.
Russia in the Eurovision Song Contest
Russia entered the Eurovision Song Contest in 1994 and despite a debutin the top ten, mediocre placings followed in 1995 and 1997 as well as an elimination in the 1996 internal semi final. This turnedwiththe year 2000, whenRussia finished second in Stockholm. In the last decade, Russiawon once, finished secondtwice and third twice making it one of the most successful countries in recent years. However, in 2009 and 2010 they finished outside the top ten twice in a row.
This will be Russia's 15th participation in the Eurovision Song Contest. For the fourth time only the country is represented by a male solo performer. As Dima Bilan represented Russia twice, Alexej Vorobjov is third male solo singer to compete for the country in total. For the tenth in twelve times since the abolishment of the language rule in 1999, the Russian entry is performed entirely in English.
Get you is the seventh song to be performed in the first semi final. It is preceeded by the retro-style up-tempo pop song from Serbia and it is followed by the acoustic guitar pop song from Switzerland. Remarkbaly, the Russian entry is the last one in the streak of energetic songs at the beginning of the first semi final.
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The preview video:
The official video clip:
2008 Russian national final performance:
Performance in 2009 (audio only):
Shout it out, another song:
Tomorrow, we will take a look at the UK entry.
Previous parts of the series:
- Bosnia & Herzegovina
- San Marino