Singer from Belarus Represents Russia at Eurovision 2005

MOSCOW, Russia -- Singer Natalia Podolskaya from Belarus will represent Russia at an international song contest Eurovision-2005. On Thursday, the singer has presented a video clip presenting her song "Nobody hurt no one" at a press conference at the Itar-Tass news agency.

The 23-year old Natalia Podolskaya is the winner of the Russian national qualifying contest for the Eurovision- 2005 song festival with a final concert due in Kiev on May 21. It was the TV audiences who voted for Podolskaya and her song at the qualifying contest held in Russia, rather than an expert commission, who nominated the candidate to represent Russia at the Eurovision -2005 song festival, Director of Music Broadcasting Department of First Television Channel Yuri Aksyuta told the press conference.

Singer Natalia Podolskaya

Viktor Drobysh, composer and author of the song for the Eurovision festival, said that the video clip was made in Finland. Producer Igor Burloff and stylist Natalia Pilat created the singer’s image, Drobysh said.

The organizers who will represent Russia at the Eurovision song contest have assured that Natalia Podolskaya's song is the best in terms of the ideas it brings home to the people and that the song gives the most powerful energetic impulse to the audiences. Two poets from the United States and Finland wrote the verses to the music composed by Viktor Drobysh. The song has obvious repercussions with the famous documentary film by Michael Moore "Bowling for Columbine" that advocates the idea of banning free weapons in the United States.

It was not immediately known whether the message of the song would be as moving to the European audiences. Anyway, Viktor Drobysh has assured that "it is this song that will conquer the European hearts".

For her part, Natalia Podolskaya declared that she was determined to win no matter whatever the circumstances might be. She will celebrate her birthday on the eve of the final performance. "I am confident that I shall put my heart into the song and present it with proper energy," Podolskaya told the press conference.

Natalia Podolskaya comes from the city of Mogilev (Belarus) and the beginning of her artistic career was connected with Belarus. Podolskaya enjoys great popularity at home since 2002 when she first performed at Slavyansky Bazaar Festival in Belarus and became a laureate. Then, she moved to Russia to take singing lessons from famous Russian singer Tamara Miansarova. Natalia Podolskaya has been successfully performing in Russia, Belarus and other countries.

Source: Itar-Tass