Svolochy Showdown
Season 38
No. of Episodes 162
Original Run February 8 - August 13, 2016
Written by Marvik Vulvanov, Yelizaveta Vulvanova, Gennady Elemat, Tanya Kalinina, Maria Atolova
Directed by Marvik Vulvanov
Svolochy Showdown chronology
Season 37 (2015)

The thirty-eighth season of long-running Margovyan singing competition Svolochy Showdown (also known as the 2016 season) began broadcast on MNBN on February 8, 2016. Presented by former House Speakers and Not So Socialist members Tanya Kalinina and Maria Atolova, and paneled by The Real Deal guitarist Marvik Rondayev, actor-producer and former President Gennady Elemat, and previous grand champion Andrey Laduv, the competition is on its 16th Final Countdown Week. The series is expected to end on August 13, 2016, expecting a new grand champion to be announced.

Personnel and DevelopmentEdit

On October 1, 2015, less than a month after the 37th season of Svolochy Showdown ended, the show was greenlighted for a thirty-eighth season.


The current presenters for the Svolochy Showdown 2016 were:

As soon as the production crew started setting up for the 2016 season of the competition, Not So Socialist members Tanya Kalinina and Maria Atolova were approached to host the competition for their fourth year as the show's presenters. On November 15, 2015, both Kalinina and Atolova confirmed to return to the show as the presenters during an interview in the Svetlana Lanuva Show.

Panel of JudgesEdit

The current panel of judges for the 2016 season were:

(*) - selected judge for One Judge Judgment

Of the panel of judges of the previous season, only The Real Deal guitarist Marvik Rondayev confirmed to return for the 2016 season as a judge. Former judges Samara Tilnova and then-Senator Arya Nukova declined to return, as both were busy with their political career, the latter preparing to campaign for Vice President. However, on November 22, 2015, in an interview with Svetlana Lanuva, actor-producer and former President Gennady Elemat confirmed that he will be replacing one of the judges for the 2016 season. A spot is left vacant, until previous grand champion Andrey Laduv agreed that he will be a part of the panel of judges, the first ever Svolochy Showdown alumnus who became part of the panel of judges immediately after being a contestant in the competition.

Summary of CompetitionEdit


From December 2015 to January 2016, a total of 1.5 million aspiring singers auditioned for Svolochy Showdown 2016, a good number of which were presented in TV during the first six weeks of the show's broadcast on MNBN--the rest were uploaded in the Svolochy Showdown website. Nevertheless, each one of those who advanced to One Judge Judgment was broadcasted on TV. Here is the summary of the six-week audition broadcast: (Legend: blue--male; red--female)

Week 1 (February 8-13, 2016)
Contestant's Name Age Origin Performed song Artist Rondayev Elemat Laduv
February 8, 2016
Andreya Manuva 34 Ikanua "Wind Beneath My Wings" Bette Midler Yes No Yes
Borislava Oslanova 27 Maryanov "I Burnt Myself on You" Not So Socialist No No No
Maksim Parovsky 33 Maryanov "Jet Lag" Simple Plan ft. Natasha Bedingfield Yes Yes Yes
Pyotr Alakdanovich 24 Arbatskaya "I Will Survive" Gloria Gaynor Yes Yes Yes
Boris Farukov 30 Sugalskaya "27" The Real Deal No No Yes
Antonina Porkunova 21 Sta. Susana "Hero" Mariah Carey Yes Yes Yes
Marvik Petrov 31 Sankt Pavlov "Sunglasses at Night" Corey Hart No Yes No
Aslan Mahadovsky 37 Ruma Honda "Party Like It's 1999" The Real Deal No No Yes
Yekaterina Petrovskaya 50 Janduva "Flashdance... What a Feeling" Irene Cara No No No
February 9, 2016
Oleg Tantalonev 38 Rondaya "Never Gonna Give You Up" Rick Astley No No No
Tanya Laduva 32 Bonjoaya "Flashdance... What a Feeling" Irene Cara Yes Yes Yes
Martina Vulvanova 30 Samba "To Love You More" Celine Dion Yes Yes No
Mark Gavrilovsky 23 Andropov "You Give Love a Bad Name" Bon Jovi No Yes Yes
Olga Futonova 25 Sta. Conrada "F*ck You" Lily Allen Yes No Yes
Martin Kubasov 36 Balkonovich "F**k You" CeeLo Green No No Yes
Maria Velinina 31 Brobashev "When I Knew It Was You" Not So Socialist No No No
Antonina Kirilova 45 Sta. Agnessa "I'm so Excited" The Pointer Sisters No No No
Marta Janduva 24 East Bulgariyova "Don't Stop" Conrada Cortesova No No No
Marvik Porsenko 43 Rambuva "I Don't Wanna Miss a Thing" Aerosmith No No No
Pyotr Gubanov 40 West Bulgariyova "After All" Peter Cetera & Cher No No No
Mark Laduv 22 Arbatskaya "Inspector Mills" America No No No
Andreya Maryanova 16 Povida "Flashlight" Jessie J Yes Yes Yes
February 10, 2016
Vasilisa Gaganovskaya 28 Rutao "Shake It Off" Taylor Swift Yes No Yes
Maria Dmitriyevskaya 21 Andivina "Titanium" David Guetta ft. Sia Furler Yes No Yes
Andrey Tramvitumov 22 South Rabatsky "Unwell" Matchbox 20 Yes No Yes
Mark Nukorev 41 Ikanua "25" The Real Deal Yes Yes Yes
Mikhail Yurotovsky 41 South Barbarov "Footloose" Kenny Loggins Yes Yes Yes
Venyamin Oldanov 37 Subokov "Heaven" Bryan Adams No No Yes
Antonina Galichevskaya 45 Maryanov "Touch My Body" Mariah Carey No No Yes
Marina Burova 26 Calsoncios "Emotion" Samantha Sang (version by Destiny's Child) Yes No No
Aleksei Rotayov 39 Baychenko "Summer of '69" Bryan Adams No No No
Gavril Dmitriyevsky 29 Urbanduva "Jump" Van Halen No Yes No
Ruslana Bileva 24 Pontival "Lady Marmalade" LaBelle (version by Christina Aguilera, Lil' Kim, Mýa, and Pink) No Yes No
Analisa Baychenko 32 New Marginalia "Believe" Cher No Yes Yes
Anton Ruslanov 19 Antonov "Hallelujah" Leonard Cohen (version by Jeff Buckley) Yes Yes Yes
February 11, 2016
Ruslan "Ruslana" Laduv [note 1] 27 Davydov "Hopelessly Devoted to You" Olivia Newton-John No No No
Irina Olanova 18 Sta. Susana Yes Yes Yes
Maria Politovskaya 26 Sta. Agnessa "Genie in a Bottle" Christina Aguilera Yes Yes Yes
Andreya Kurotovskaya 29 Samba "Listen" Beyonce Knowles No No Yes
Gavril Talnaev 23 Quintin del Pan "I Swear" John Michael Montgomery (version by All-4-One) Yes No Yes
Andrey Gobrovich 26 Opula "Metalingus" Alter Bridge No Yes Yes
Gavrina Gaganovskaya 24 Agpayev "Wannabe" Spice Girls No No Yes
Tanya Ulyanova 31 Deluvia "2 Become 1" No Yes No
Mark Yulianov 21 Ratoroncios "We've Got It Goin' On" Backstreet Boys Yes No No
Mikhail Fyodorov 32 Sampuva "I Want It That Way" No No No
Mark Davydov 26 Viktoriyovskaya "Drowning" No Yes Yes
Yulian Nemenov 22 Arkonaysk "On Bended Knee" Boyz II Men Yes Yes Yes
February 12, 2016
Vasily Vulvanov 33 Calduva "Mockery" Frisbee Yes No No
Ivan Calduv 39 Calduva "Careless Whisper" George Michael Yes No No
Andreya Rondayeva 28 Cantotuva "Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)" Beyonce Knowles No Yes No
Karla Rondaya 35 South Rabatsky "Price of Beauty" Not So Socialist Yes No No
Pavel Birsakov 17 Viktoriyovskaya "1973" James Blunt Yes No Yes
Marvik Yakubov 36 Northern del Quiev "'74-'75" The Connells No No Yes
Martina Yorutova 25 Sta. Conrada "Girl on Fire" Alicia Keys No No No
Andzhela Maryanova 29 Sta. Conrada "Blow" Kesha No No No
Petra Gorkova 9 New Marginalia "Let It Go" Idina Menzel Yes Yes Yes
Marina Gorchinskaya 19 Teneriyov "Let It Go" Demi Lovato Yes Yes Yes
Oleg Frapovich 23 Morinho "Let Her Go" Passenger Yes Yes No
Anton Zhudovshy 26 East Bulgariyova "1979" Smashing Pumpkins Yes Yes Yes
February 13, 2016
Andrey Rasapinsky 21 Opula "Life is a Rollercoaster" Ronan Keating Yes No Yes
Aleksandra Tovina 22 Antonov "Complicated" Avril Lavigne Yes No Yes
Maya Rashidovskaya 28 West Bulgariyova "The Edge of Glory" Lady Gaga Yes Yes No
Matvey Parovsky 30 Maryanov "To Where You Are" Josh Groban Yes Yes Yes
Fadia Belova 26 Urbanduva "Set Fire to the Rain" Adele Yes Yes Yes
Mark Oriondovich 23 Andivina "Who Am I" Casting Crowns Yes Yes Yes

[note 1] - The first two performances featured in the February 11, 2016 episode, which featured 27-year-old gay aspiring singer Ruslan Laduv, and 18-year-old young woman Irina Olanova, performing Olivia Newton-John's Hopelessly Devoted to You in separate performances, with the three judges giving a unanimous "no" to Laduv's performance, but a unaninous "yes" to Olanova's, sparked an outrage among the Margovyan LGBT community. In fact, in its March 2016 issue, The Margovyan Rainbow stated that the 'no' of all three judges to the performance of a gay man and their 'yes' to a sexy young woman who performed the same song was "probably the most sexist and homophobic gesture [they] have ever seen." Gay talk show host Pavel Pavlov even called for a boycott for both the movie 377 kph 3: End of the Road and the Real Deal album The Essential Real Deal on national television, which ultimately got his show cancelled by Let's Talk Margovya. Gennady Elemat, who was the chosen judge for the One Judge Judgment, said in an interview on March 18, 2016 that the decision made by the judges on both performances were purely based on a set of criteria pre-determined prior to the start of the series, and has nothing to do with sex or gender orientation. Nonetheless, because of this, Olanova, though getting a unanimous "yes" from the judges (which is usually a guarantee for the next round), wasn't chosen to advance to One Judge Judgment to avoid further controversy.

Week 2 (February 15-20, 2016)
Contestant's Name Age Origin Performed song Artist Rondayev Elemat Laduv
February 15, 2016
Martin Markov 27 Parovsky "Lips of an Angel" Hinder No Yes Yes
Kiril Martinov 32 Abukov "Love Drunk" Boys Like Girls Yes No Yes
Olga Deluvia 31 Rambuva "Bang Bang" Jessie J, Ariana Grande & Nicki Minaj Yes No Yes