Russia’s Result in Eurovision 2006

Someone has to say it, so I will.

Russia’s entry for Eurovision 2006, Dima Bilan, was awful. I know he’s not singing in his native language, but neither were most of the other competitors. Dima’s choice of clothing made him look like a heroin addict – thin guy in a white muscle T-shirt – not some teen idol or pop star. And what was with that stupid jump in the air, kicking his legs bent at the knees to the side? That was simply laughable. At first, I thought it was just part of the excitement of being at Eurovision, but then I saw another performance yesterday, and he did it again. If he’s gonna have a trademark move, at least be as noteworthy as Michael Jackson’s crotch grabbing.

Oh, and I’m sorry, but having some lady painted entirely white rise from the white grand piano…. lame, lame, lame.

But, as bad as all that was, you know what was worse? The Russian TV commentary. The commentators could not say a single good thing about Russia’s second place finish or about the Finnish winners, Lordi. They just bitched and moaned about it, asking wasn’t it obvious that Dima was better? How could the people think that that was music or art? How could people vote for them? It really got annoying. Instead of being even the slightest bit objective – I know, difficult for Russians – and pleased that after placing only third in the semi-finals, Dima had risen to second in the finals, they were just complaining, complaining, complaining. Sour grapes? Who knows.

But, Russia, Russians and Dima should be ecstatic that they even placed that well. There were other much better, much more original and much more enjoyable performances than his.

So, Russia. Be happy. Be gracious. Accept defeat. It happens. And, no, not all things Russian are good.

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5 Comments on “Russia’s Result in Eurovision 2006”

  1. Igor Says:

    I think that about 50% of all Russians don’t care about Eurovision. And about 70% would say that Bilan is awful 🙂
    I haven’t seen competition, but I can understand your feelings about commentary. It’s awful in all areas… From Eurovision to football – nothing except complaining when Russia loses.
    You know, “official Russians” (I mean TV commentators, public persons) and Russians are not the same.
    Sorry for my English, but as you could understand, it’s not my native language.

  2. uniball Says:

    Igor,

    You are probably right. But, in the days following the competition, there were several friends I spoke to who were still upset/bitter/disappointed that Dima didn’t win. I even saw a young women in the metro with an iPod (yay!) and I actually could see the screen…..Dima Bilan. Shame, shame, shame.

    Your english is fine, Igor. Better than my Russian, I assure you, though I’m working on it.

  3. Igor Says:

    Yes, all Russian pop music is a shame, you’re right. I never understand those people who go to all pop concerts, rock with a lighter in hand. It’s our poor reality.

  4. MINA Says:

    IAM SOOOO SORRY BUT I DEFENATELY DISAGREE WITH YOU!!!!!EVEN THOUGH I RESPECT YOUR OPINIONS,I MUST SAY THAT DIMA DESERVED THE FIRST PLACE IN EUROVISION!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!HIS STYLE WAS USUAL BUT DIFFERENT.HE IS ONLY 24 YEARS OLD!!!!!!!!!!!WHAT DID YOU EXPECT TO WEAR???MAYBE A COSTUME(HA,HA,HA)???????????????SECOND THE JUMP FROM THE PIANO WAS UNUSUAL.THIS IS SOMETHING THAT DIMA ALWAYS DO.I FIND IT REALLY CUTE AND SWEET LIKE DIMA IS!!!!!!!!!
    AND NOW ABOUT THE BALLARINE THAT CAME OUT THE PIANO?????????
    IF YOU HAVE NOTICED THE LYRICS OF “NEVER LET YOU GO” ,SAY :LOVE’S CARVING IT IN THE STONE” THAT’S WHY THE GIRL IS SO WHITE,BECAUSE SHE IS PRETENTING A STATUE(STONE) FROM THE LYRICS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    I THINK THAT HE DOESN’T DESERVE SO BAD COMMENTS!!!!!!!!!!!!
    BUT LIKE I SAID I RESPECT YOUR OPINIONS.AND I HOPE AND BELIEVE THAT YOU WILL DO THE SAME WITH MY OPINION TOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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