Monday 20 November 2017

Video: Jedward’s Eurovision competition the Russian grannies relax by the sea before final

AS JEDWARD ponder how to wear their hair tomorrow night, Russia's unlikely Eurovision stars, the Buranovskiye Babushki women, have been having the time of their lives.

The folk group, aged between 43 and 86, have been chilling out by the Caspian Sea in Azerbaijan, ahead of the Eurovision Song Contest final, on the first ever foreign holiday for many of them.

The group of "babushki" or "grannies", sing their song Party for Everybody in English and their regional language, Udmurt.

Dressed in their traditional folk costumes, the group of singers were enjoying a day off at the seaside where they are staying in a resort. The grannies all come from houses in the same street in the village of Buranovo, in Udmurtia, some 800 miles east of Moscow, and some of them had never left their local area before.

Talking about home, members of the group remembered their livestock, the cow and the chickens they left behind to make the journey to compete as Russia's entry in the Eurovision Song Contest.

As the Buranovskiye Babushki talked about their village, they remembered the friends and family who will be rooting for them on Saturday. Between them, the grannies have 50 grandchildren and great-grandchildren says 75 year-old Valentina Pyatchenko.

The group has captured the hearts of many fans at this year's contest, and alongside our own John and Edward Grimes, they are among the favourites to win this year.

"When the grannies appear, people feel like they are their children, and any bad thoughts go away. Maybe just for a second," said Buranovskiye Babushki member, Olga Tuktaraeva, who at 43 is the youngest granny in the group.

The grannies have already hosted a steady stream of Russian and international media at the Nardarn resort, even cooking their traditional Udmurtian pies for the occasion.

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