Russia: Drama in black

Russia: Drama in black
Anastasia Prikhodko. Photo: Indrek Galetin (EBU)
Moscow,Russia -

Today the Russian participant in the 2009 Eurovision Song Contest, Anastasia Prikhodko, rehearsed for the first time in the arena. She dedicated her song Mamo to her mother. Her ballad has a melancholic Slavonic character with elements of sadness and drama in it.

Anastasia Prikhodko performed her love ballad Mamo for the first time today. Its dramatic character was emphasized by dark colours on stage. In the beginning the background was lit in green and black colours which turned into black later on. The LEDs pictured the lead singer's face and moved down towards the end of the song. Anastasia wore leisure black clothes with her long black hair braided. She stood alone on the very front of the stage, fully concentrating on her vocal performance. During the second run Konstantin Meladze, the composer of the song, was also present on stage. Five female backing vocals stood behind Anastasia on the left side. The lyrics of her song was about unhappy love. With her strong voice the singer transmitted her sadness and dissapointment in love to the audience. She sang one chorus in Russian and one in Ukrainian language, both referring to her mother.

Anastasia Prihodko will be the host nation's entry in the 2009 Eurovision Song Contest. She won the Russian national final on the 7th of March, getting the top marks from both the televoting audience and the professional jury. She is most known in Russia for winning Star Factory in 2006, one of the country's leading musical shows. In a duet with Russian star Valeriy Meladze, she sang the song Bezotvetno (Unrepliable) which became a monster hit all over Russia. Singing is the most important thing in Anastasia’s life, but she has also got some other hobbies: chess, horse riding and good clothes, especially of black color!

In the press conference Dzhanik Fayziev and Arman Yakhin, movie makers, told about a video film which they were preparing for Anastasia's entry in the Final. The film would show the change of face of the lead singer starting at the age of twenty till the age of seventy. Konstantin Meladze was asked to describe the stage act. He stressed that the show wouldn't have much choreography and would concentrate on Anastasia's vocal skills and feelings. Anastasia Prikhodko and Konstantin Meladze were asked how they came to the decision to perform Mamo in two languages, Russian and Ukrainian. Meladze said that he had close relationships to Russia as well as Ukraine. He also added that Anastasia is originally from Ukraine and Ukrainian is her mother tongue. The lead singer performed one of her Russian songs to the journalists.

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  • Posted on 22 June 2009 at 19:17
    Shame upon you,Russian peple!!!!!!!!!Europeans are polite and tolerant!!!!!And I'm happy that you like Nastya!!!!!!!She is wonderful!!!!!! report to the moderator
  • Posted on 14 May 2009 at 00:10
    They let's vote on Poland ;-) Greatings ;-) report to the moderator
  • Posted on 12 May 2009 at 18:43
    To: VladimirRUSSIA from Russian Federation
    Stop tolking like that!
    Smatri sam ne zabolej!
    Anastasia we love you, and your voice! Goog luck!
    Russia will be winer 2-nd time. report to the moderator
  • Posted on 10 May 2009 at 21:06
    god this song make me sick ;//
    shame on RUSSIA !!! don't eaven think that you gonna win this year with this horrible song,,,
  • Posted on 10 May 2009 at 18:57
    very beautiful girls like a classic russian girl :D
    her song is really good but she has a problem with her voice .
    8 points go to Russia ..Good Luck report to the moderator
  • Posted on 10 May 2009 at 17:30
    As we thought How is she can be a winner of National Choice as Singer from Russia!

    He can't got a 22 points!

    Inpossible report to the moderator
  • Posted on 10 May 2009 at 17:27
    And russians thought..... that song sux!

    Famous Bloggers thought it! report to the moderator
  • Posted on 10 May 2009 at 11:41
    Это кошмар какой-то... (((( It's a shame we have this kind of "singer" this year, especially after last year's success... report to the moderator
  • Posted on 10 May 2009 at 11:40
    12 points from serbia!!! nice song! report to the moderator
  • Posted on 10 May 2009 at 02:56
    Watch this version It's probably the best song of this year's contest! report to the moderator
  • Posted on 10 May 2009 at 01:17
    Good song. So so singer. She needs to make more connection with the audience. But the performance might be very emotional. Good luck, Russia. The show will be awesome! report to the moderator
  • Posted on 10 May 2009 at 00:45
    _//////____...VOTE DENMARK..._____/////////
    ______________________///// report to the moderator
  • Posted on 10 May 2009 at 00:05
    Wow! What a great voice and music! GOOD LUCK! report to the moderator
  • Posted on 9 May 2009 at 20:54
    Cyprus in Moscow from Cyprus

    Hi friend!
    I read your posts on different pages!
    Thank you, my dear, for your words about Russia, for your support!
    We also love Cypres! And we are very glad to see you in Russia! :)

    Welcome! report to the moderator
  • Posted on 9 May 2009 at 18:56
    I guess that's great!))
    She has so strong and uncommon Slavonic voice and the background video that we've seen isn't the final version.
    As I got it will be something like from "The curious case of Benjamin Button"-a mix of psychodelic and warm-hearted story of love told by girl-mother-old lady...
    I just can't understand why u guys called it "awfull" and "the worst" r you all here tasteless??
    All countries are great but not all of them have their own strong style that exceles such as this one

    P.S. The Eurovision's winner is always original,special like no other
    Actually I don't want to say Anastacia is a winner!!no way!))but she is NOT AWFULL guys!!
    Be least with yourself)) report to the moderator