Philip Kirkorov Kolibelnaya Dlya Vulkana
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Draw Position 6, Final Position 17, Points (Final) 17

"Kolibelnaya dlya vulkana" (Russian script Колыбельная для вулкана, English translation: "Lullaby for a volcano") was the Russian entry in the Eurovision Song Contest 1995, performed in Russian by Philipp Kirkorov.

The song is a dramatic ballad, featuring an extended metaphor. Kirkorov sings to the titular volcano, urging it to "turn back to common sense and joy" and to "forget...what you have threatened for centuries", presumably referring to the risk of an eruption. The volcano is also urged to "renounce war", thus placing the song in the Contest tradition of pleas for peace. This theme is further developed with the plea to the volcano to "listen trustingly to the human voice".

According to Contest historian John Kennedy O'Connor, Russian television broadcasts of the 1995 Contest strongly implied that Kirkorov (at the time one of Russia's most well-known performers) had in fact won the Contest. He explains that Kirkorov's performance was shown last and none of the voting was shown at all in order to give this impression.

In the event, not only did Kirkorov not win, the Russian entry at the next Contest (Andrej Kosinski with "Ya eto ya") did not even qualify for the main event. This failure to qualify was based on the opinions of a panel of judges, rather than Kirkorov's placing. Had Russia won, of course, the next entry would have been automatically qualified.

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