Russian Entry in Eurovision Contest Is a Song About Crossing a Line to Take Something

Your News Companion by Ben Mathis-Lilley
May 7 2014 4:08 PM

Russian Entry in Massively Popular European Talent Show Is a Song About Crossing Lines to Take Something

screen_shot_20140507_at_3.45.44_pm
From the Tolmachevy Sisters' performance in the Eurovision semifinals.

YouTube/Eurovision

The Eurovision Song Contest is a long-running European musical talent show in which each country gets one entry. Thirty-seven countries are involved this year, and the broadcasts are huge TV events. Both Russia and the Ukraine will compete in the finals this Saturday in Copenhagen. And, as the Washington Post observes, Russia's entry, a duet, includes lyrics that were either very poorly or very pointedly chosen given the nation's current involvement in a violent border conflict:

Living on the edge/
Closer to the crime/
Cross the line a step at a time/
Maybe there's a place/
Maybe there's a time/
Maybe there's a day you'll be mine.
Advertisement

"Something's gotta give," one of the women sings later, adding, "oooooh oooooh ahhhhhhh ahhhhhhh." It's a pretty catchy song.

Ben Mathis-Lilley edits the Slatest. Follow @Slatest on Twitter.

TODAY IN SLATE

History

The Self-Made Man

The story of America’s most pliable, pernicious, irrepressible myth.

Michigan’s Tradition of Football “Toughness” Needs to Go—Starting With Coach Hoke

Does Your Child Have “Sluggish Cognitive Tempo”? Or Is That Just a Disorder Made Up to Scare You?

The First Case of Ebola in America Has Been Diagnosed in Dallas

Why Indians in America Are Mad for India’s New Prime Minister

Damned Spot

Now Stare. Don’t Stop.

The perfect political wife’s loving gaze in campaign ads.

Building a Better Workplace

You Deserve a Pre-cation

The smartest job perk you’ve never heard of.

The GOP Senate Candidate in Iowa Doesn’t Want Voters to Know Just How Conservative She Really Is

Parents, Get Your Teenage Daughters the IUD

The XX Factor
Sept. 30 2014 12:34 PM Parents, Get Your Teenage Daughters the IUD
  News & Politics
Politics
Sept. 30 2014 5:19 PM Social Outcasts Republican candidates are retreating from debates on abortion, gay marriage, and contraception.
  Business
Building a Better Workplace
Sept. 30 2014 1:16 PM You Deserve a Pre-cation The smartest job perk you’ve never heard of.
  Life
Education
Sept. 30 2014 1:48 PM Thrashed Florida State’s new president is underqualified and mistrusted. But here’s how he can turn it around.
  Double X
The XX Factor
Sept. 30 2014 12:34 PM Parents, Get Your Teenage Daughters the IUD
  Slate Plus
Behind the Scenes
Sept. 30 2014 3:21 PM Meet Jordan Weissmann Five questions with Slate’s senior business and economics correspondent.
  Arts
Brow Beat
Sept. 30 2014 4:45 PM Steven Soderbergh Is Doing Some Next-Level Work on The Knick
  Technology
Future Tense
Sept. 30 2014 5:47 PM California Gov. Vetoes Bill Requiring Warrant for Police Surveillance Drones
  Health & Science
Bad Astronomy
Sept. 30 2014 7:30 AM What Lurks Beneath the Methane Lakes of Titan?
  Sports
Sports Nut
Sept. 30 2014 5:54 PM Goodbye, Tough Guy It’s time for Michigan to fire its toughness-obsessed coach, Brady Hoke.