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Russia at the Eurovision Song Contest

Embracing the universal language of music, the Eurovision Song Contest first took place in Lugano, Switzerland, in 1956, and has grown to include participants from 43 countries, with Russia being among them. Performing the song Get You, Alexey Vladimirovich Vorobyov (aka Alex Sparrow) will be representing his home country at the 2011 Eurovision Song Contest to be held in Düsseldorf in May.

Born in January 1988 in the city of Tula in Russia’s Tula Oblast, Alexey Vorobyov has been competing in talent and music festivals from a young age. In 2005 he took third place in the Russian version of the X-Factor, with his debut album being released the following year. A number of recordings followed, including the single New Russian Kalinka, which he performed in the 2008 Russian national final for the Eurovision Song Contest. Other singles released by Vorobyov include Leto (2006); Alisa (2007); Russkie Zabili (2007); Desire (2008); Toska (2008); Accordeon (2009); Reality (2009); and Shout It Out (2010).

On March 5 this year Vorobyov was chosen to represent Russia in the 2011 Eurovision Song Contest. The song he will be performing, Get You, was written as a joint effort by himself and Moroccan born producer and songwriter Nadir Khayat (aka RedOne), with input from AJ Junior, Eric Sanicolay and Bilal “The Chef”. Although the song is being performed in English, some Russian lyrics have been added to the beginning and the end to highlight the singer’s home country.

This year will be the fifteenth time that Russia will be participating in the Eurovision Song Contest, and only the fourth time that a male solo performer will be representing the country. It is the second time that Vorobyov is representing Russia, and Dima Bilan has also represented his home country twice. During the past ten years Russia has had some success in the contest, taking first place once, finishing in second place twice, and in third place twice. But the past two years saw Russia slipping out of the top ten. No doubt fans and supporters will be watching with great interest to see if Alexey Vorobyov will break Russia’s dry spell to bring home a Eurovision Song Contest trophy.


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