Eurovision Song Contest - Weekly Update - 20 February 2018
The "Buranovo Babushkas" watch video, for the first time, of two of their members appearing on Russia's Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?
In Russian culture, one iconic image is the elderly babushka eurovision 2018 youtube — in Russian, she's called a "babushka" — sitting on a roadside, selling vegetables from her garden.
One group of babushkas from the village of Buranovo, 600 miles east of Moscow, is blowing up that stereotype.
The dozen or so women — mostly in their 70s and 80s — have become a musical sensation, charming audiences across Russia.
They sing Beatles tunes and songs by iconic Russian rocker Viktor Tsoi.
They fly around the country for concerts.
They made it to the Russian finals of the Eurovision music contest.
And they have a Facebook page.
These women are sending a message loud and clear: It can be hip to be a babushka.
Music Lifts The Suffering As modern as these women appear, the "Buranovo Babushkas" do also embody one sad reality of Russian life.
Because of harsh work conditions in Soviet times and rampant alcoholism today, men in Russia live, on average, to age 62.
Women generally live more than a decade longer, and often live those later years alone.
The same has been true for many of the singing babushkas.
Yet, instead of spending quiet days peddling vegetables on the road, these women turned to music for comfort and companionship.
Some have been singing for quite a long time.
Elizaveta Zarbatova — who, at 84, is the oldest member of visit web page group — was widowed in 1957 when her husband was electrocuted on the job.
The suffering comes right from my heart.
Valentina Pyatchenko, 72, left her alcoholic husband in 1984, shortly before he died.
She got along on her own, but it was rough.
Thirteen years ago, the tiny woman was using an electric saw to build a new porch.
Her lower hobby 2018 arm was cut off.
We can't lose heart, or get depressed.
Life goes on; it's impossible to babushka eurovision 2018 youtube />That's what we sing.
Galina Koneva, 72 "It was my sweater," she recalled.
She saves it for concerts, where she's singing, smiling and dancing.
She lost her husband in 2004 to drinking and diabetes.
This group of friends always liked to sing together around their village.
But then, three years ago, a local fan suggested that they try rock music.
Elizaveta Zarbatova leftwho walks with Babushka eurovision 2018 youtube Begisheva, is babushka eurovision 2018 youtube oldest member of the group at 84.
She was widowed in 1957 when her husband was electrocuted on the job.
The suffering comes right from my heart.
YouTube videos of the group went viral.
And babushka eurovision 2018 youtube grabbed the attention of the organizers of Russia's Eurovision finals.
There the babushkas were last year, wearing traditional Udmurt dress — long dresses and colorful headscarves — competing on a stage that seemed better suited for a Lady Gaga concert, with its flashy set and pink and blue neon.
The babushkas did not win the right to represent Russia at the international Eurovision contest.
But they stole the show that night, and have also been making people in their region of Russia proud.
The Udmurt republic was known for Soviet weapons factories and as the home of Mikhail Kalashnikov, the designer of the AK-47.
Resident Alexander Pilin said that may be changing.
And Udmurt republic is Kalashnikov, too," he said.
They donate most of the small amount of money they make to try to rebuild a church in their village that was destroyed in Stalinist times.
As for what's next?
The babushkas say they have another Eurovision run in them if the organizers come calling.
Mostly, though, they're just having fun on the road, and enjoying each other's company.
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