She was the winner of Russia’s national final last week and earned the right to fly the Russian Flag in Rotterdam. Manizha wowed everyone that night with her performance of her 2021 Eurovision entry “Russian Woman.” However, the song wasn’t officially published yet before the National Final. She took the time and revamped the song a bit. Today, the final studio version of “Russian Woman” is officially available on all streaming services. You can listen to the final version below:
No big changes has been made in the studio version if you compare it with the live version. The biggest difference is actually the line “You’re strong enough to bounce against the wall” that has been changed to “You’re strong enough, you’re gonna break the wall”. Also the line ”Hey Russian woman, don’t be afraid girl.” has been added around 2 minutes in the song.
Earlier this week, several news outlets wrote about an investigation looking for ‘illegal’ lyrics in Manizha’s song Russian Woman. The song would incite hatred towards men. That’s why critics believe that the song should be banned from the contest. In an open letter published by The Russian Union of Orthodox Women the group said Manizha’s song “aims to seriously insult and humiliate the human dignity of Russian women”.
The Investigative Committee, which probes major crimes in Russia, examinated the request in accordance with the law. According to news agency RIA Novosti, there were no illegal statements found in the lyrics. So nothing was in her way anymore to release her song officially today.
We will see Manizha in the first semi-final on the 18th of May. She will perform in the first half of this semi-final.
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