Russia – The singing grannies from Buranovo have apparently now raised enough money to build their village church. They originally entered Eurovision to raise the profile of the group so as to raise money to build it. The grannies, who age from 43 to 86 are also said to be learning Azeri phrases for their trip to Baku next month and are still second favourites to win the contest behind Sweden.
Their village’s former church was demolished during the Soviet era. They have been using a shop as a prayer room.
“We were once again talking with the grannies that a church would be nice and all of sudden the phone rung and there was a rich business man offering a lot of money for a gig. We thought it was a sign. We decided to sing us a church and now after five years we have collected enough money and the building will start in May!” says Olga Tuktareva.
Buranovskiye Babushki will take part in the first semi-final on the 22nd of May with “Party for Everybody”.
In an interview on Russian TV, Chief producer of the Eurovision Song Contest, Jan Ola Sand, said he thought they have a good chance of winning.
“Everyone had or has a grandmother, and that’s why some people will vote for this group”, he said.
Is he right, or will he novelty wear off before the finals in Baku?
Source: Today.az, Eurovoix