The 2020 Russian Eurovision hopefuls, Little Big, have released a statement regarding their decision not to partake at the 2021 Eurovision Song Contest.
Many Eurovision fans were awaiting with anticipation for Little Big return to the competition after the massive success last year with ‘Uno‘. Little Big released the following statement via their social media platforms:
We are not going to the Eurovision-2021.We think that Russia has many talented and unique artists, each one of them deserves the chance to be seen out there. Thanks to our Russian fans and all the international fans for showing support, it means the world to us. It’s because of you that the UNO music video has the most views in the history of the Eurovision Song Contest YouTube channel!We wish the best of luck to all the Eurovision-2021 participating countries. Yours Little Big.
Little Big in Eurovision
About Little Big
The pop-punk-rave Russian band hails from St. Petersburg and is formed by: lya Prusikin, Sonya Tayurskaya, Anton Lissov and Sergey Makarov. Little Big enjoy fame, name and recognition both at home in Russia and overseas.
They have a unique style of combining rave, pop and punk music and are reigning the dance floor both at home and in Europe. One of their songs Skibidi went viral in just a week and has circa 362 million views and counting. The dance routine from the video has become quite a sensation in Russia as many celebrities and artists are practicing it!
Russia in Eurovision
Russia debuted at the Eurovision Song Contest in 1994 and has won the event once in 2008 with Dima Bilan’s Believe. The country successfully hosted the contest in 2009 in Moscow.
The Russians have enjoyed massive success in the Eurovision Song Contest with 1 victory (2008), 4 2nd placings (2000, 2006, 2012, 2015), 4 3rd placings (2003, 2007, 2016, 2019) and 1 5th placing (2013). The country had never missed a Eurovision final since the introduction of the semifinals in 2004 until 2018 when Julia Samoylova failed to qualify to the Grand Final in Lisbon.
Russia has sent some of its most acclaimed and celebrated artists to the competition: Dima Bilan, Sergey Lazerev, t.A.T.u, Alsou, Polina Gagarina, Alla Pugacheva, Philip Kirkorov, Serebro etc.
Russia has competed 22 times in the contest and has enjoyed great success in the musical festival with 10 top 10 placings including a victory in 2008.
In 2020 Little Big were selected via an internal selection to defend the Russian colours at the Eurovision Song Contest in Rotterdam with their entry ‘Uno‘, but the event was cancelled due to the coronavirus outbreak.