'Buranovo Grannies' To Represent Russia In Eurovision 2012 (VIDEO)

Huffington Post UK   Alastair Plumb First Posted: 9/03/2012 10:52 Updated: 9/03/2012 11:03

On May 26, the Eurovision Song Contest will be beamed around the continent, with 75-year-old crooner Engelbert Humperdinck representing Britain.

As for Russia? Well, Russia are going for something a little bit different. Something a little bit older, in fact - older than even our boy Humperdinck.

Meet... the 'Buranovo Grannies'. In Russian, that's 'Buranovskiye Babushki', by the way.

The six-strong band of grandmothers hail from the Udmurt Republic in the Russian Urals, and are telling journalists that any cash they raise through their musical endeavour will be used to build a church in their home town of Buranovo.

And if you're thinking this is some kind of joke act, just take a look at their performance on Russian TV above, and remember: they beat 24 other acts with that number, including a duet between 2008 winner Dima Bilan and Tatu's Yulia Volkova.

The song itself is called Party For Everybody, which by us sounds about as Eurovision-friendly as you could ever possibly imagine. Buranovo Grannies all the way!

Sorry, we should show a little patriotism here. Engelbert Humperdinck all the way! And to remind you of Mr. Humperdinck's hey day, here he is, singing Spanish Eyes back in 1969. What. A. Hero.

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