2012: Buranovskiye Babushki - Party For Everybody

They are a folk group of six grandmothers between the ages of 50 and 77 originally from the Russian republic of Udmurtia. Their name can be translated as Buranovo Grannies and they became known four years ago when they appeared for the first time on a TV show. They are also well-known for their folk versions in Udmurt language of popular songs by Aquarium, The Beatles or Queen.

They achieved the third position in last year’s Russian national final and after that they took part in a lot of concerts including a special performance at the open air festival Rock Above Volga. They have also been touring in other European countries like Estonia and France.

They said they will use all the raised money to build a church in their hometown.

Participant Profile

  • Year 2012
  • Song title Party For Everybody
  • Song writer(s) Olga Tuktareva, Marry S. Applegate, Viktor Drobysh and Timofei Leontiev
  • Language Udmurt and English
  • Video

In the final

  • Starting position 6
  • Rank 2
  • Points 259

In the semi final

  • Which semi final? Semi-Final 1
  • Starting position 14
  • Rank 1
  • Points 152
  • About the selection

    The final of Russian selection was held on March 7th and it was aired by the national broadcaster RTR via web and satellite. Twenty-five names in total, chosen by an expert jury, were participating in order to be the one who will be representing Russia in Baku this year.

    Among the candidates there were Dima Bilan and Yulia Volkova who both represented Russia at the Eurovision Song Contest previously. She participated in 2003 with her partner Lena Katina as one of the members of the duo t.A.T.u and he was the Russian representative in 2006 (achieving the 2nd place) and he came back to win the contest in 2008 with the song Believe.

    The winning act was decided by a combination of jury and televoting. The TV viewers could start to vote for their favourite candidates when the first entry had started and the voting closed forty minutes after the last finalist performed on stage. The jury was composed by seven experts including another former representative, the singer and songwriter Philip Kirkorov. The rest of the jury members were, Sergej Arhipov, Igor Krutoy, Aleksandr Igudin, Arman Davletyarov, Roman Emelyanov and Gennadiy Garshteyn.

    The line-up of participants was as follow:
    1. Lena MaksimovaBrave
    2. Ksenona Close My Eyes
    3. Irson KudikovaWoman’s Heart Never Lies
    4. Band The UPSKiss
    5. SARDOR Believe
    6. Band 4POSTNavsterechu Nebu
    7. Efrosiya Ya Tebya Lubila
    8. Band UNITE ITTurn Off The Light
    9. Katya Savelyeva Life’s Beautiful
    10. Olga MakovetskayaPositive Emotions
    11. Rene I Miss You
    12. Band Farinelli BallsBreath Away Song
    13. Polina Smolova Michel
    14. CHINKONG and KARINAHigh Up
    15. Mari KarneMezhdu Nebom I Zemlej
    16. Mark TishmanMoney Is Love
    17. Ed Sulzhevskij 100 минут
    18. Elena EkimovaDo You Like?
    19. Dima Bilan & Julia VolkovaBack To Her Future (29,25 points)
    20. Riff Action FamilySky
    21. AIDA & TIMATIFantasy (26,74 points)
    22. Pavla One Million Butterlies
    23. Syostry SyoUne Marionette
    24. Buranovskiye BabushkiParty For Everybody (38,51 points)
    25. Band Jet KidsOh Yeah

  • About the song

    Party For Everybody is more than a traditional Russian song with an amusing touch, it is a truly outstanding song. This is a cheerful folk tune sung in Udmurt language and with a Eurodisco-style refrain in English. At one point it features a sort of spoken rap freestyle which exhorts the listener to "come on and dance" and the grannies are full of energy and sympathy. The lyrics to the song were written by themselves and their voices give a special flavour to the song.

  • Lyrics

    Ӝӧккышет тӧдьы вӧлдӥсько, пиосме возьмасько.
    Котэм нянь буй-буй ик будэ, сюлэмы небӟе.

    Party for everybody! Dance!
    Come on and dance!
    Come on and dance!
    Come on and... Boom! Boom!


    Корка тыр ик нылпиосы, бертӥзы мусоосы.
    Корка тыр ик нылпиосы, бертӥзы мусоосы.
    Вож дэремме дӥсяло но, тӧдь кышетме мон кертто,
    Вож дэремме дӥсяло но, эктыны пото.


    Кырӟалом жон-жон-жон,
    Эктом ми куаж-куаж али.
    Кырӟалом жон-жон-жон
    Ваньмы ӵошен.


    Party for everybody! Dance!
    Come on and dance!
    Come on and dance!
    Come on and ...
    Party for everybody! Dance!
    Come on and dance!
    Come on and dance!
    Come on and... Boom! Boom!


    Коӵыше но шумпотэ но, пуные но шумпотэ.
    Коӵыше но шумпотэ но, пуные но шумпотэ.
    Мылы-кыды капчия но, шумпотонэн пачылме,
    Мылы-кыды капчия но, шумпотонэ но.


    Кырӟалом жон-жон-жон,
    Эктом ми куаж-куаж али.
    Кырӟалом жон-жон-жон
    Ваньмы ӵошен.


    Party for everybody! Dance!
    Come on and dance!
    Come on and dance!
    Come on and ...
    Party for everybody! Dance!
    Come on and dance!
    Come on and dance!
    Come on and... Boom! Boom!


    Party for everybody! Dance!
    Come on and dance!
    Come on and dance!
    Come on and ...
    Party for everybody! Dance!
    Come on and dance!
    Come on and dance!
    Come on and... Boom! Boom! Boom! Boom! Dance!

  • Lyrics in English

    I will be putting a white tablecloth,
    I will be waiting for kids coming back home.
    The dough is rising joyously.
    And my heart is cheering.

    Party for everybody! Dance!
    Come on and dance!
    Come on and dance!
    Come on and... Boom! Boom!


    The house is full of kids, the relatives have come.
    I am going to put on my green dress,
    I am going to tie a white head cloth.
    And I am going to dance.


    We are singing extremely strongly.
    We are dancing soulful, so soulful!
    We are singing extremely strongly,
    Because we are together!


    Party for everybody! Dance!
    Come on and dance!
    Come on and dance!
    Come on and ...
    Party for everybody! Dance!
    Come on and dance!
    Come on and dance!
    Come on and... Boom! Boom!


    And my cat is happy, and my dog is happy!
    And my cat is happy, and my dog is happy!
    The happiness is overflowing!
    Oh joy!


    We are singing extremely strongly.
    We are dancing soulful, so soulful!
    We are singing extremely strongly,
    Because we are together!


    Party for everybody! Dance!
    Come on and dance!
    Come on and dance!
    Come on and ...
    Party for everybody! Dance!
    Come on and dance!
    Come on and dance!
    Come on and... Boom! Boom!


    Party for everybody! Dance!
    Come on and dance!
    Come on and dance!
    Come on and ...
    Party for everybody! Dance!
    Come on and dance!
    Come on and dance!
    Come on and... Boom! Boom! Boom! Boom! Dance!