Conchita Wurst win prompts Russia to revive its Eurovision alternative
Eurovision winner Conchita Wurst may have inspired millions with her message of courage and diversity – and her James Bond theme-sounding song – but Russia has had enough of the Austrian sausage.
Russia is reviving the Intervision Song Contest, a Soviet alternative to Eurovision that ran from 1977 to 1980.
Intervision is the contest where, because of a lack of telephones in the Soviet countries, viewers would turn on their house lights if they liked a song and turn them off if not.
Points were awarded contestants based on the power spike measured on the electrical grid.
In May this year, Valery Rashkin, deputy leader of the Communist Party, demanded that Russia establish its own Eurovision alternative, named ‘The Voice of Eurasia’.
Citing Wurst’s win, Rashkin told Interfax: “The last Eurovision results exhausted our patience… We cannot tolerate this endless madness.”
The Russian Orthodox Church described Wurst as an "abomination" and that her victory was "one more step in the rejection of the Christian identity of European culture".
Intervision, which will take place in October this year, will see the six member states of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) compete.
The SCO includes Russia, China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan.