Buranovskiye Babushki – more surreal than Second Life

2012 Eurovision
The overwhelming sentimental favorite was a troupe of Russian grandmothers called the Buranovskiye Babushki. Eurovision is known for its over-the-top kitsch, but, even by its standards, there was something remarkable about grannies from the central Russian republic of Udmurtia, not far from where the Ural Mountains border on Siberia. The Babushki, with an average age of 75, finished second over all with a jaunty pop song called “Party for Everybody.”