Category Archives: RUSSIA

PHOTO: EPA September 28

Anastasiya Prykhodko will not sing in Russia again!

KIEV, UKRAINE – In the middle of the Ukraine-Russia turmoil, a new voice has been heard to denounce Russia’s action. Anastasia Prykhodko (or Anastasia Prikhodko), the 2009 Russian entrant, has made it clear that, as a Ukrainian singer, she would never perform in the federation again, no matter what. Referring to what is happening in […]

PHOTO: JULIA VOLKOVA'S INSTAGRAM September 19

Julia Volkova condemns homosexuality

PINKNEWS.CO.UK REPORTS – A singer from Russian duo t.A.T.u. has in a bizarre turn of events condemned gay men in a recent interview. Julia Volkova, who has previously identified as bisexual herself, said she “would condemn” her son if he came out as gay, but that women should have the “freedom” to be lesbians, frighteningly […]

PHOTO: YANNIS PAPOUTSAKIS / OIKOTIMES.COM September 10

Alex Sparrow receives acting award

LON ANGELES (CA), UNITED STATES – Alexey Vorobyov, who performed as Alex Sparrow for Russia at the 2011 Eurovision Song Contest, has made it big in the States, after overcoming a serious car accident in Los Angeles. Alexey recently won the Best Short Foreign Film at the Action on Film International Film Festival for his […]

PHOTO: EUROVISION.TV / EBU September 05

Life after JESC: Tolmachevy Sisters

MOSCOW, RUSSIA – Through this series of posts oikotimes.com would like to present information about the Junior Eurovision Song Contest winners after-winning-life. What happened to the JESC winners after their triumph in the contest? Anastasiya and Maria Tolmachevy are twins, singers, actresses, and former child singers from the Russian city of Kursk. Aged nine, they […]

CONCHITA WURST September 04

Video: Russian politicians fail to shame Conchita Wurst

ADVOCATE.COM REPORTS – Two city councilmen from Murmansk, Russia, are under government investigation for “inciting hatred” after they released a video that features the pair congratulating one another for being “against loudmouths and gays” following a poorly executed digital animation of Eurovision winner and Austrian drag queen Conchita Wurst. The video, alllegedly posted by Murmansk […]

RUSSIA PROTEST TO PUTIN September 02

Russia ditches plans for ‘no gays’ Eurovision rival

PINKNEWS.CO.UK REPORTS – Russia has ditched plans to revive the Soviet era Intervision Song Contest as a “family friendy” rival to Eurovision. A revival was hinted at following the victory of Austrian drag artist Conchita Wurst in the Europe-wide contest in May this year, and plans were announced in June. The 2014 contest – which […]

PHOTO: EUROVISION.TV / EBU August 14

Russia 2015: “The Voice” winner to Vienna

MOSCOW, RUSSIA – After Montenegro and Belarus confirming their participation, Russia is the next national broadcaster confirming participation to Vienna. Channel One officially stopped the rumours about withdrawing from the contest after Conchita and the reactions in the parliament and the government. The broadcaster also confirmed that the winner of “The Voice Russia” will represent […]

RUSSIA FANS July 26

Russia launches her own straight Eurovision!

NEWSWEEK.COM REPORTS – When Conchita Wurst raised her microphone-shaped winner’s trophy at the Eurovision Song Contest in May, she smashed through a lavender ceiling. Boy George described her victory as “a vote for gay solidarity”. Lady Gaga tweeted that Wurst, “slayed with her beautiful vocals and message of freedom and equality”. Cher called her “fascinating”, […]

PHOTO: EUROVISION.TV / EBU July 16

New releases by Dima Bilan, Vaidas, Who See, Sebalter

Summer is the right time to publish a new song so several Eurostars have released some new songs hoping to become hits that will be played in beach bars. First we have a former winner, from 2008 to be exact. Yes, it is Dima Bilan from Russia. His song is called Sick of you and […]

PHOTO: EUROVISION.TV / EBU July 12

Exclusive: First international act for JESC 2014 revealed?

MOSCOW, RUSSIA – The first international act for the 2014 Junior Eurovision Song Contest seems to have been revealed. The 2006 Junior Eurovision winners and 2014 senior participants for Russia, the Tolmachevy Sisters will perform on stage during the grand final of the show on November 15th. Although PBS and EBU are not confirming (yet) […]

RYAN DOLAN June 29

Busy Eurostars’ week: new releases and their news

Lots happening in the magnificent world of Eurovision stars this week. Ireland, Spain, Russia are giving us news from their Eurostars and we are here to report them. In Russia, 2004 representative Yulia Savicheva performed at the Red Square in Moscow, in a special celebration for the Russia Day anniversary. You can see the performance […]

RUSSIA PROTEST TO PUTIN May 29

Russian delirium continues, Putin attacks Conchita

TELEGRAPH.CO.UK REPORTS – Vladimir Putin has attacked Conchita Wurst, the Austrian drag artist who won the Eurovision Song Contest, for aggressively flaunting her sexuality and putting herself ‘up for show’. The Russian President, who said he was “very liberal”, was attempting to pour water on a controversy which saw thousands of Russians protest before Wurst’s […]

CONCHITA WURST RED CARPET May 16

RUSSIAN DELIRIUM CONTINUES: CONCHITA BANNED!

MOSCOW, RUSSIA – Moscow authorities have turned down gay activists’ application to hold a parade honoring drag queen Conchita Wurst, winner of this year’s Eurovision song contest. Wurst’s appearance in the continental cavalcade of cheesy pop and garish costumes sparked controversy in Russia, where some called for state television to edit out Wurst from the […]

'Starnacht aus der Wachau' May 12

RUSSIAN DELIRIUM OVER CONCHITA’S TRIUMPH

MOSCOW, RUSSIA – A Russian MP has claimed that Austrian drag artist Conchita Wurst winning Eurovision is “the end of Europe”. Wurst took home the crown yesterday evening, scoring 290 points despite causing controversy in Russia and neighbouring countries. Voting breakdowns released by the EBU today show that Wurst’s entry went down surprisingly well with […]

PHOTO: EUROVISION.TV / EBU May 03

EXCLUSIVE / ESC 2014 INTERVIEW WITH RUSSIA

COPENHAGEN, DENMARK – COPENHAGEN, DENMARK – Tonight Oikotimes.com and Radio International had the opportunity to meet the Russian twins at their hotel for an exclusive interview. Thanks to Katya, the Russian head of delegation, and translator on the occasion, we could spend a very privileged moment with the artists. We were even granted a reprise […]

PHOTO: EUROVISION.TV / EBU May 02

VIDEO / PRESS CONFERENCE: RUSSIA, AZERBAIJAN, UKRAINE

Today is the first day of round two for the semifinal one rehearsals and then press conferences. In this post you will see all the press conferences from participating countries. Each post include three videos.

SANNA NIELSEN PRESS CONFERENCE May 02

VIDEO / PRESS CONFERENCE: ICELAND, ALBANIA, SWEDEN

COPENHAGEN, DENMARK – Today is the first day of round two for the semifinal one rehearsals and then press conferences. In this post you will see all the press conferences from participating countries. Each post include three videos.

PHOTO: EUROVISION.TV / EBU May 02

VIDEO / SHINING ENOUGH TO TRIUMPH

OLIVIER: A WELL-BALANCED ACT The twins are in the place for, once again, a rather well thought performance for Russia (maybe too thought actually). The vocals are really great, the staging is memorable and duality definitely is the motto of the act. But I should point out some details that prevent “Shine” from being a […]

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APRIL 29: BACKSTAGE STORIES

EXCLUSIVE: WE BROUGHT UKRAINE & RUSSIA TOGETHER During the opening night at Euroclub and the birthday party at Oikotimes the contestants from Ukraine and Russia performed their Eurovision entries on the stage. Backstage we found Mariya from Ukraine and the Tolmachevy Sisters from Russia together and we took a picture of them to show that […]