Dancing Lasha Tumbai

"Dancing Lasha Tumbai" (Ukrainian: Данцінґ Лаша Тумбай) is a song recorded by Ukrainian singer Verka Serduchka (Andriy Danylko). The song was written by Andriy Danylko himself. It is best known as the Ukrainian entry at the Eurovision Song Contest 2007, held in Helsinki.

"Dancing Lasha Tumbai"
Dancing lasha tumbai cover.jpg
Single by Verka Serduchka
from the album Dancing Europe
GenreEurodance, pop-folk
Songwriter(s)Andriy Danylko
Verka Serduchka singles chronology
"Beri vsyo"
"Dancing Lasha Tumbai"
"Hop Hop"
Eurovision Song Contest 2007 entry
Andriy Danylko
Andriy Danylko
Andriy Danylko
Finals performance
Final result
Final points
Entry chronology
◄ "Show Me Your Love" (2006)   
"Shady Lady" (2008) ►

The original title was simply "Danzing",[1] but it was changed due to a controversy about the lyrics. The song includes lyrics in four languages: German, English, Russian, and Ukrainian.


In the Eurovision Song Contest, "Dancing Lasha Tumbai" finished runner-up to Serbia's "Molitva", sung by vocalist Marija Šerifović.

In the performance in the Eurovision Song Contest, Serduchka was accompanied by 5 back up singers and dancers, dressed in silver and gold clothing. Serduchka wore the number '69' on her back, with reference to the sexual position. The two main companion dancers either side of this wore the number '18', referring to the entry's position on the final, 18th to sing.


The choice of a drag performer as Ukraine's representative at ESC was fiercely criticized by several media and politicians of different parties.[2] Taras Chornovil of Party of Regions was quoted saying:[3]

I guess some of our esteemed experts saw those "hot Finnish guys" dressed as monsters but didn't quite understand that there is subculture and there is pseudoculture. Those monsters are part of their subculture, which has the right to exist. But all these hermaphrodites have never been accepted anywhere. Therefore I think that this will be a serious embarrassment factor and the world will see us as complete idiots.

Another subject of controversy was song's title and lyrics. According to Danylko, the phrase "Lasha Tumbai" is a Mongolian phrase for "whipped cream", "milkshake", or "churned butter".[4] It was later alleged, though, that there are no such words in Mongolian and the catchphrase bears no meaning at all. There have been allegations that the words were chosen due to their phonetic resemblance to "Russia Goodbye", allegedly a reference to the 2004–2005 Orange Revolution in Ukraine.[5] Meanwhile, the song is performed in the Russian language as well ("танцевать хорошо").

Serduchka, however, had the full support of the National Television Company of Ukraine, the participation in the Contest at Helsinki went ahead as planned, the song finished 2nd in a field of 24 and went on to become a major chart hit not only in Ukraine and neighbouring countries but throughout Europe.

In The 2019 contest in Tel Aviv, despite Ukraine withdrawing their entry, Verka was involved in the famous Switch Song interval act,[6] alongside fellow drag queen Conchita Wurst, 2015 winner Måns Zelmerlöw, and reigning runner up Eleni Foureira. Foureira did a version of Dancing Lasha Tumbai where she wore an infamous naked bodysuit with 250,000 crystals designed by Vrettakos Vrettas,[7] before Verka covered the reigning winner Toy by Netta.

Use in popular cultureEdit

Danylko makes a cameo appearance (as Serduchka) in the 2015 film Spy, where she can be seen performing the song during a chase sequence involving lead actress Melissa McCarthy.[8] The song can also be heard in a season three episode of the BBC America thriller series Killing Eve, "Are You From Pinner?"


The song has performed well on download charts in Ireland and the UK since the Final. On the Irish iTunes Download chart, it has outsold any other entry by more than double - including the winning entry.[9] On May 18, 2007 it entered the Irish singles chart only as a download.

Chart (2007) Peak
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[10] 49
Belgium (Ultratip Flanders)[11] 14
CIS (Tophit)[12] 110
European Hot 100 Singles (Billboard)[13] 22
Finland (Suomen virallinen lista)[14] 2
France (SNEP)[15] 6
Germany (Official German Charts)[16] 74
Ireland (IRMA)[17] 31
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[18] 6
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[19] 53
Ukraine Airplay (FDR)[citation needed] 13
UK Singles (OCC)[20] 28

Track listingEdit

CD SingleEdit

  • All tracks are variations on the title track.
  1. "Original Version" 3:10
  2. "Dancing Version #1" 3:32
  3. "Pub Version Art" 3:12
  4. "Dancing Version #2" 3:01
  5. "Club Version" 5:52
  6. "Long Version With Balalaika" 3:32
  7. "Lullaby" 2:56
  8. "Basshunter Remix" 3:08


  1. ^ Eurovision news:Ukrainian song title change Archived 2007-09-30 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ Украинские националисты хотят закрыть Верке Сердючке путь на Евровидение-2007[permanent dead link]
  3. ^ ""ФРАЗА" - Новости - Чорновил: Сердючка опозорит Украину". Archived from the original on 2009-05-24. Retrieved 2008-02-15.
  4. ^ "Dancing Lasha Tumbai. Ukrainian song title change" "Eurovision Song Contest Helsinki 2007".
  5. ^ "The politics of entertainment at Eurovision | Music | DW.DE | 15.05.2013". Retrieved 18 May 2013.
  6. ^ Eurovision Song Contest (19 May 2019). "Eurovision 2019 Switch Song". Youtube. Retrieved 5 June 2020.
  7. ^ Vrettakos Vrettas (19 May 2019). "Love your self...., Be proud...., Be unique..." Instagram. Retrieved 5 June 2020.
  8. ^ https://variety.com/2015/scene/vpage/spy-party-melissa-mccarthy-hits-the-stage-with-ukrainian-drag-performer-1201510914/
  9. ^ iTunes Listing of ESC 2007 album Archived 2011-06-06 at the Wayback Machine Popularity column shows the number of recent sales (must be viewed with Irish store selected).
  10. ^ "Austriancharts.at – Verka Serduchka – Dancing Lasha Tumbai" (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40. Retrieved September 15, 2020.
  11. ^ "Ultratop.be – Verka Serduchka – Dancing Lasha Tumbai" (in Dutch). Ultratip. Retrieved September 15, 2020.
  12. ^ Verka Serduchka — Dancing Lasha Tumbai. Tophit. Retrieved September 15, 2020.
  13. ^ "Verka Serduchka – Chart Search" Billboard European Hot 100 Singles for Verka Serduchka. Retrieved September 15, 2020. (subscription required)
  14. ^ "Verka Serduchka: Dancing Lasha Tumbai" (in Finnish). Musiikkituottajat – IFPI Finland. Retrieved September 15, 2020.
  15. ^ "Lescharts.com – Verka Serduchka – Dancing Lasha Tumbai" (in French). Les classement single. Retrieved September 15, 2020.
  16. ^ "Offiziellecharts.de – Verka Serduchka – Dancing Lasha Tumbai". GfK Entertainment Charts. Retrieved September 15, 2020.
  17. ^ "Irish-charts.com – Discography Verka Serduchka". Irish Singles Chart. Retrieved September 15, 2020.
  18. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – Verka Serduchka – Dancing Lasha Tumbai". Singles Top 100. Retrieved September 15, 2020.
  19. ^ "Swisscharts.com – Verka Serduchka – Dancing Lasha Tumbai". Swiss Singles Chart. Retrieved September 15, 2020.
  20. ^ "Verka Serduchka: Artist Chart History". Official Charts Company. Retrieved September 15, 2020.