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|Song||"Northern Girl" (Russian varian - "Devochka s severa"|
|Lyricist||Karen Kavaleryan, Evgeniy Fridlyand, Irina Antonian|
|Place||10th place (55 points), performed on 7th position|
|Votes for Russia||Cyprus (5), Greece (2), Estonia (10), Israel (1), Finland (3), Malta (8), Romania (10), Latvia (10), Lithuania (6).|
|Votes of Russian Jury||Announced by Arina Sharapova: Austria 1, Germany 2, Estonia 3, Lithuania 4, Malta 5, Cyprus 6, Belgium 7, Greece 8, Latvia 10, Romania 12|
|Song rank||Song was specially prepared for the contest and is written in traditional Europop style. Most format fitting Russian song in the history of the contest. 9/10|
|Preview video rank||Director: Sergei Kalvarskiy Best preview video ever made by Russian participant - highly professional videoclip in 2 versions 10/10|
|Live performance rank||Performance itself was rather average and there are 2 reasons - wasted rehearsals turned into bad sound during performance, and singers were simply too nervous possibly because of high pressure and expectations. 6/10|
|For the first
and the last time, ORT who was again in charge of preselection, at least tried to show
that they had listened to the entries submitted. Though figures given were almost
unbelievable. ORT has claimed that during submission period (January, 17th - February
26th) 11742 entries were received from which 25 finalists were selected and their names
- "Premier - Minister" ,
- Kristina Orbakaite - song "All my love" (V.Drobysh - M.Applegate)
- Vitas (with some kind of shanson song or English version of some of his songs)
- Arkadiy Oukoupnick (unfinished song without lyrics, vocal is imitated by keyboards)
- Rinat Ibragimov (song in Tatar language)
- Diana Gourtskaya
- "Nogu svelo" (Cramped leg)
- Sergey Chelobanov & Ksenia
- "Goliy Pistolet"(Nude gun)
- Youriy Zimakov (Taekwondo instructor from Sankt-Peterburg)
- Anna Churchin (Moscow, 16 years old)
- Aleksandr Fedyoura (Lyubertsy)
- Sherif (Moscow)
- Anna Jack (Moscow,air hostess)
- "Opium" (Vladivostok)
-Julietta M. (Female-Transvestit from Sankt-Peterburg) - song "Svetlaya noch"
- Nik (Volgograd)
- "Mark Twain"
- Shura Sharman (Moscow)
- "Neo Positive" (Voronezh)
- Inga Guy (1-st prize in Golden Gramophone contest)
- "Sed'maya Model"(Model #7) (Omsk)
- Liliya Zagorodnyuk (Moscow)
List of Jury members was announced too:
Konstanin Ernst - Manager General of ORT
Aleksandr Fifeman - Producer General of ORT
Marina Daniyelan - Service Manager of ORT
Iliya Bachurin- Manager on music broadcast of ORT
Valdis Pelsh - Manager on entertainment broadcast of ORT, TV presenter
Lev Leschenko - People's artist of Russia
Oleg Gazmanov - People's artist of Russia
Ilya Reznick - lyricist, Honored art worker
Igor Matvienko - composer, producer
Final selection was done between 3 entries: Kristina Orbakaite, Vitas and Prime Minister. Comission experienced a lot of difficulties in this choice. Finally dilemma was solved in favour of Prime - Minister, which represents the popular European style of boy bands. Motives were explained by Igor Matvienko: there are enough of girls in the contest this year, then Gypsy-Black-Blone male band will have more chances, and their song is more energetic than Orbakaite's one.
It was very difficult to take the decision - said producer of Channel One Aleksandr Faifman - but that was joint decision.
Lev Leshenko admitted that they didn't put any points as in preselections in other countries, but just put a crosses near the names.
Speaks producer of "Premier-Ministr" Evgeniy Fridlyand:
"In general I think that it is much easier to win at Eurovision than to qualify there. Were strong and influential rivals we had in face of Orbakaite, Vitas, Baskov, Plazma (producer Dima Malikov) ...
But still main contenders besides us were Kristina Orbakaite and Vitas. Vitas did not qualified because he had no song, so Jury was on it's meeting on 26th of February selecting between PM and Orbakaite."
"I consider ESC to be the only method to attract everybody's attention. If we are lucky and sign a deal even with not so big company then I think we'll present competitive material. And project in Europe is far more interesting than what we are doing here, in Russia. Even though it is still dream we of course understand that successful performance will strengthen our position in Russia and recognition at home is always pleasant. We've got an idea a year ago when question who will go to Copenghagen was discussed. But it was too difficult to contend with Mumiy Troll, cause everyone had an illusion that they will be attract big attention there. I think that now in Russia only Prime Minister band in quality of product, vocal of musicians and in professionalism can be international."
"Music was written by my friend and partner in FBI music Kim Breitburg. Idea of the song, content of first verse and title were invented by me, my friend Karen Kavaleryan then wrote whole lyrics and then Irina Antonian corrected the style. Last grammatical agreement and correction of some words we did with help of my friend from New-York Mikhail Plotkin and his american friends. English language was chosen to be 100% understanded in Europe."
As Premiers told themselves song "Norther Girl" is adressed to the Northern audience and Southern men, to show them how attractive Northern girls are. "This song is more European and we hope that European viewers will like it", says singer Vyacheslav Bodolika. On his opinion - European standard is good melody, arrangement and performance itself.
Preparation and contest performance:
Critics often critisize ESC for it's excessive monotony, middle course and it's bringing to common "eurostandart". Possibly this allegations are not groundless. But from the other side, what song can satisfy huge audience of Eurovision,which includes not only people of different nationalities but also different mentality? Swedes like one music and Turks very different. So, even members of Russian jury Larisa Dolina and Alexander Koutikov when appraising results of voting had only to make a helpless gesture, being unable to explain the logic of giving points. No one will debate that our team consists of proffesional musicians. May be one of our faults was that we treated this contest as proffecionals. But neither level of music or perfomance, nor quality of the song, as appeared, play role. So we of course were hugely disappoined analysing the results.
From our part we tried to extend format of contest by presenting song "Norhern Girl". It cannot be denied that it stood out against the background. In a week before contest our "Northern Girl" were in all charts of Baltic radiostations. When being in Tallinn we heard flattering words from many experts and specialists in showbiz. Dave Benton, one of the winning duo 2001, told press that he is counting on "Northern Girl". Star of Soviet music Jak Joala also admitted that we have all chances to win. At that time noone was counting on Maria Naumova who got in result maximum score. In precharts her song never was in 10. Huge favourits were Swedish trio "Afro-dite" with really strong song. But in the result Swedes finished 9th and Prime-Minister 10th of 24 contestants. Also if we'll take into consideration that such countries as Germany, Finland, Denmark, Switzerland ended in a huge failure, then we should treat our 10th place as little success. Because Russia will take part in the contest next year.
In this situation it is very difficult to understand reaction of russian mass-media, who covered the event in a very peculiar manner. Noone of columnists made a concrete suggestion, what should be done to win. Quite the contrary, majority of journalists practised in who can bite more painfully. For some purposes they mentioned Alsou, who took 2nd place in 2000. Yes, she is talented girl, but this "silver" is not the win of Russian shobiz. Song "Solo" was written by american authors, dancing was arranged by Englishmen, back-vocal also was by guys from UK. Plus this project costed a lot of money. We were going to the contest precisely as representatives of Russian showbiz, with song written by Russian authors Kim Breitburg, Karen Kavalerian and Evgeny Fridlyand.
Entering the scene of "Saku Suurhall" we felt burden of responsibility, and God see, we were trying to do our best. But may be because of high strain, tiredness and then... unexperience some of us just burned out. And the final perfomance is just a peak of an iceberg. Before it we had a week marathon in Tallinn, which included receptions at embassies, interviews to the media and exaustive hours of rehearsals.
That of course affected on our nerves.
But we should say that we gained a lot of experience we can share with future
representatives from our country at ESC. More over, for success of Russia at such kind of
events, we need special productial-managerial groop which will unite all the people
concerned. It will help for futher moving forward towards world of western showbiz.
|1. Almost all the members of the large Gypsy family
of Jean Grigoviev-Milimerov (born December 5, 1979 in Moscow) were artists. Thanks to
this, Jean’s first stage experience goes back to the age of five. It happened during one
of his parents’ tours. “I remember, - says Jean, - first coming on stage with tears in
my eyes. I was five, and terrified of the public. Mother made me perform a Gypsy folk
dance.” At the end of the show the audience applauded enthusiastically, and the talented
child wept from fear in the dressing room. Later his parents sent him to music school
(class of violin). “I can’t say I became a violin virtuoso, - Grigoviev-Milimerov
frankly admits, - but the violin helped me to understand what makes up music.”
“I have been singing for as long as I can remember myself. Night after night I would sit by my tape player listening to songs by Boys II Men, Mariah Carey, Whitney Houston, repeating after them,” – says Jean. These tapes with voices of Western performers became his teachers. Today Jean has no trouble singing any song, be it from the repertoire of Michael Jackson, Brian McNight, Stevie Wonder or any other black kings of soul music.
Besides being a singer and song writer, Jean is the “psychotherapist” of the group. He is the soothsayer and the troubleshooter, and spirit lifter in the group. He likes night life and discos.
2. For Peter Jason (born September 9, 1979 in Moscow), his elder brother “was a colossal influence.” The boys’ parents (father – a professional geologist from Kenya and mother – a Russian interpreter from English) were not artists, but respected their sons’ interest in music. Both went to music school to study the piano. And already at the age of 8 the younger brother, Peter, would play serious classical compositions in the Small Hall of the Bolshoi Theater. Yet, Pete’s music talent was fully revealed only in the Moscow Boys Choir, where the future premier was sharpening his vocal skills by singing classics from Bach to Mozart.
At the beginning of the 90s, Peter’s elder brother founded his own group, Russian Blacks. Besides himself and Peter, it included two girls. The exotic black group was rather popular and often toured Russia, but further development needed financing, the absence of which “buried” the group. Peter spent the next two years trying to write songs “to cure boredom,” as he puts it. The cure resulted in a solo album “Thousand nights”, which, as Pete, admits, “was not wildly popular.”
In Prime Minister Peter is “the bad one.” His last prank falls just short of misdemeanor: in the airport of one of Russian towns he opened the glass counter of a mini-market and took six “Sneakers” chocolate bars which he shared with his colleagues. His explanation is simple: “We were very hungry, and all alone there.”
He likes to stay at home and devotes all his free time to music; he is putting together a home studio.
He writes songs, but, he says, they do not fit the project, so he puts them away until he is ready to do a solo album.
(In 2005 Peter left the band and was replaced by other singer)
3. Vyacheslav Bodolika (born June 18, 1977, in the town of Ungeny, Moldavia) joined the group when the first songs were being recorded. He comes from the family of musicians (his parents and elder sister play instruments and sing well). “My father, -- Slava says proudly, -- is a great accordion player.” Thus, Slava had no choice but to become a musician. Upon graduation from the music school (class of violin), Bodolika went on to music college and graduated with honors (classes of jazz singing and violin).
While at college, the musician started a jazz-rock group Intro. “I was in my first year at the Kishinev Conservatory, -- recalls Slava, -- and was going to become a singer, when I was unexpectedly offered to join Prime Minister trio. When the musician came for the first recording session, he brought along two of his songs which became the group’s first hits: “Atomic Sense of Love” and “Dirty Dances.” Vyacheslav Bodolika is the most productive author of the four group members; he is also the most serious, a family man, the only father in the group.
4. The last to become Prime Minister was Marat Chanyshev (born March 25, 1975, in Moscow). First, Eugene Fridlyand liked his song “Two Diamonds”, but as he came to know the author better, he invited him to join the group. Marat has no professional vocal education. Like Jean, he studied by singing along with CDs, with albums by Freddy Mercury playing an important part. He learned to play the clarinet during his five years at music school.
“But I’ve always wanted to be in the Army and a musician, -- says Marat, -- and that’s why I went into the military music school, which I managed to enter from the second try.” By now he has graduated from Moscow Institute of Culture, has had some valuable experience working on Russian TV (a few years as a reporter with an entertainment program “You Are A Witness”, the Russian analog of a well-known Western “Candid Camera”). By the age of 25 Marat had played at the funerals, studied Greek-Roman style of fighting, had served in the Army and had come to a firm conviction that it was time to start his own group by the name of Day and Night. “It was the Russian version of Savage Garden, -- says Marat with a smile. – But we never flourished for lack of financing.”
Nobody knows how Marat’s fate would have turned out had Eugene Fridlyand not come across his songs. “I gave him a few of my songs to listen and left my phone number, -- recalls Chanyshev. – The producer must have not been too crazy about them at first, because Fridlyand called only in about seven months.” The first rehearsal with the new group member took place on September 11, 2001, on the day of New York’s terrible tragedy that shook the world. And in October Marat went on his first tour as a member of Prime Minister. “I don’t think I changed much in the group, -- Marat says modestly. – I was just a new person, but the musical direction remained the same.”
Later Prime Minister continues to be one of the brightes Russian music stars and one of the very small number of the bands know for it's live performances. Their song "Northern Girl" till 2006 was most radio rotated song from the list of the songs which represented Russia at Eurovision song contest.
In 2005 all members of the band were officially fired by their producers. In fact, at the moment there are two bands co-existing under same name at the present moment - new band with new members which is backed by famous producing agency FBI-Music and most professional team of songwriters, and old members of the band, who continue illegally using the name of the band and perform their old hits.
Lyrics of English and Russian versions:
We drink the sunset like ruby wine
Ona letit segodnya rovno v dva.
Obychnym reysom Vorkuta-Moskva
V sumke neskol'ko kasset,
Da pachka sigaret
Pusty karmany, deneg ni grosha
No b'etsya serdtse i poet dusha
Sdelat' vse, chtob stat' zvezdoy
I ni bol'she, ni men'she...
Devochka s severa, devochka niotkuda
Spryach' skorey oto vseh mysli svoi
Devochka s severa, vsya v ozhidan'i
Chuda i lyubvi
Ee ne zhdut ni mama, ni otets
Ona vzyala bilet v odin konets
I ostalis' pozadi
V potertyh dzhinsah, rozovyh ochkah
Ona lish' verit - vse v ee rukah
I ne znaet, chto ona
V etom gorode odna
Iz milliona takih zhe...
I snova kazhetsya ey
Mnogo svetlyh dney - vperedi
Zhizn' kak vechnoe leto,
I volshebnyy prints zhdet ee gde-to
Official releases and versions of the contest entry:
|1. "Northern Girl" (English version) -
album "Devochka s severa" - official mp3
2. "Nothern Girl" - first version
3. "Devochka s severa" (Russian version) - album "Devochka s severa"
4. "Devochka s severa" - album "Vosmoe marta" - new members and Alexey Goman - official mp3
5. "Northern Girl" (karaoke) - only at promo disc for mass-media
6. "Northern Girl" live (live performance) - album "Very Important Persons"
7. "Devochka s severa" live, duet with Marie Naumova (live performance) - album "Very important persons"
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