Participant(s): Dina Garipova Song: What If Writer(s) / Composer(s): Gabriel Alares, Joakim Björnberg, Leonid Gutkin
The 21 years old singer Dina Garipova (her full name: Dina Fagimowna Garipowa) was born in Selenodolsk, Tartastan, a republic east of Moscow. Music has always been a very important part of Dina’s life. Her first stage experience she made in the age of six, her biggest idols is Whitney Houston.
The biggest step in her life was her participation in “The Voice” 2012, Dina has been chosen out of 150 competitors, at the end she could win with 54% of the televotes (almost 1 million people). In Tatarstan she is celebrated as national hero already. In February 2013 she could sign a contract with Universal Records which should push her career to a maximum. Now it’s time to show her superb voice at the Eurovision Song Contest.
The song “What If” is a classic Eurovision ballad, which has been composed by the Swedish producers Gabriel Alares and Joakim Björnberg together with the Russian musician Leonid Gutkin. Russian entries rarely have a typical Russian sound; many former entries have been very contemporary to please the international audience. Last year the exceptional Buranovskie Babushki grandma’s could achieve a second place for Russia. This year Russia seems to build on more solid music. Dina’s voice is truly outstanding and will delight Europe for sure.
Biggest success: 1x 1st place “Believe” by Dima Bilan, 3x 2nd place “Solo” by Alsou in 2000, “Never Let You Go” by Dima Bilan in 2006, “Party For Everybody” by Buranovskie Babushki in 2012, 2x 3rd place “Ne Ver, Ne Boisia” by t.A.T.u. in 2003, “Song #1” by Serebro in 2007, 1x 9th place, 1x 10th place
This will be the 17th entry from Russia in the Eurovision Song Contest. Russia’s debut year has been in 1994 in Dublin with “Vechni Stranik” by Youddiph, when a lot of new countries took part for the first time like Lithuania, Slovakia, Romania, Poland, Hungary and Estonia.
In the short history of Russian entries there is a clear trend of the new Russian music with mainly English songs with the utmost contemporary touch. Russia always wanted to win and made good results and in 2008 with Dima Bilan who could fulfil the Russian hope with “Believe”. The year after the Russians could show the world their high level of technology and what the Russians are able to realize on stage at the ESC in Moscow 2009.
Russia is the biggest country in the world and therefore it has a huge amount of viewers, the interest in the ESC has grown from year to year, there were also singers from the Asian part in Vladivostok: Mumiy Troll with “Lady Alpine Blue” (12th).
The most outstanding Russian songs were: “Primadonna” by Alla Pugachova in 1997 (15th), “Ne Ver, Ne Boisia” by t.A.T.u. in 2003 (3rd) and “Never Let You Go” by Dima Bilan in 2006 (2nd).