Natalya Pugachyova is the oldest (76) and smallest – and cutest – member of Buranovskiye Babushki, a group of singing grandmothers who ended up second at the 2012 Eurovision Song Contest with 259 points. Their catchy tune was sung in the Udmurt language, a distant relative of Finnish.
“Party for Everybody” was the Russian entry which won the national song selection on 7th March 2012 in Moscow. The song, mainly sung in Udmurt, was written by the group.
A member of the ensemble explained its meaning. “We sing about lighting the oven, kneading dough, and spreading out a tablecloth while waiting for the children to come home. And we say when our children come home, we will have fun and dance.” The English version was written by Mary Susan Applegate, a famous American songwriter best known for Jennifer Rush’s ‘The Power of Love’.
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Six year old Natalya lost her father during WW2. As a result of the publicity the group gained from the contest, his grave was found. After a life time of grief she was able to re-unite her parents by bringing a handful of soil from her mother’s grave to mix with that of her father’s, and a handful back to do the same at her mother’s grave.
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