Video: The Buranovo Grannies sing for Russia at Eurovision 2012

Posted Mar 13, 2012 by JohnThomas Didymus
Russia will be represented at the Eurovision Song Contest by the Buranovskiye Babushki (Buranovo Grannies), a singing group of Russian grannies with an average age of 75. The oldest member of the group is in her 80s.
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Huffington Post reports the group consists of eight women from Russia's Udmurtia Republic. Their style of music blends modern pop with traditional choral music.
The grannies, according to Daily Mail, beat 24 other bands and singers in a contest shown on Russian TV to qualify to represent Russia at the 2012 Eurovision Song Contest. The chorus of one of their songs "Party for Everybody" is in English, but their other songs are in a language called Udmurt, said to be distantly related to Finnish language (watch the grannies perform in video above).
According to The Daily What, the grannies wrote the song "Party for Everybody" themselves.
The 57th Eurovision Song Contest will be held in Baku, Azerbaijan in May. The group will be contesting against Britain's entrant Englebert Humperdinck, 75, who, according to Daily Mail, topped the UK charts in 1967 after he beat the Beatles with his song "Release Me." Humperdinck also had a top 10 U.S. hit in 1976 with his song "After the Lovin."
The grannies, who perform dressed in traditional peasant attire, say they are not competing for "glory and wealth." A member of the group, Granny Olya, said they are competing to raise money to build a church in their native village of Buranovo with a population of about 650 people. Granny Olya said: "Grandmothers don't need glory and wealth. We have family, we have a home, we have enough to live."
Huffington Post reports that on Wednesday, Armenia announced it was pulling out of the contest for security concerns. Armenia and Azerbaijan won the right to host the contest but both countries have been enemies since they fought a war in the 1990s over the Nagorno-Karabakh territory.