Russia: Eurovision 2012 / Buranovskiye Babushki - Party for everybody
Buranovskiye Babushki (Russian: Бурановские Бабушки; Udmurt: Брангуртысь песянайёс, Brangurtısь Pesjanajos; meaning "Buranovo Grannies") is a Russian ethno-pop band containing eight elderly women. Buranovskiye Babushki represented Russia at the Eurovision Song Contest 2012 in Baku, Azerbaijan. The band consists of eight grandmothers, but only six are allowed to appear on the Eurovision stage. They are originally from the the village of Buranovo, Udmurtia, in the Ural Mountains region of Russia. The band performs most of their songs in the Udmurt language.
Their other recorded songs include: "Yesterday", "Let It Be" (The Beatles cover),"Smoke on the water" (Deep Purple cover), "Hotel California" (Eagles cover), "The Star Called Sun" ("Zvezda Po Imeni Solntse", Kino cover), "I Am Beautiful", "Sneg-Snezhok", "Chiborio", "Babushki-Starushki".
The group had previously participated on Russia's Eurovision song selection in 2010 with the song "Dlinnaja-Dlinnaja Beresta I Kak Sdelat Iz Nee Aishon" ("Very long birch bark and how to turn it into a turban"), where they finished third.
They made another attempt to represent Russia by participating on Russia's Eurovision song selection in 2012 with the song "Party for Everybody". The group eventually won, receiving 38.51 points ahead of former Eurovision 2008 winner Dima Bilan who also entered the contest with T.A.T.u. member Yulia Volkova with the song "Back To Her Future" which finished second, receiving 29.25 points. They will represent Russia in the Eurovision Song Contest 2012 in Baku, Azerbaijan.
The group say that in 2012 they will use any cash raised to build a church in Buranovo.
Granya Baysarova (62 years)
Alevtina Begisheva (56 years)
Zoya Dorodova (71 years)
Galina Koneva (73 years)
Natalya Pugachyova (76 years)
Valentina Pyatchenko (74 years)
Yekaterina Shklyaeva (74 years)
Olga Tuktaryova (43 years) – artistic director
Yelizaveta Zarbatova (86 years, does not go on tour)