I smell controversy on the wind, coming in from the East. PR-wise, things aren’t too hot for Russia, with the Ukraine situation leading many to wonder whether war is coming. For now though, let’s just consider whether the wheels might finally come off for one of Eurovision’s powerhouses.
Russia have never failed to qualify for a final since the semi-final system came in 2004, and due to various rules over the years this has meant six out of six Russian entries made it through. Among these was the first Russian winner, Dima Bilan in 2008.
It would be a brave person to bet against them qualifying, particularly with their Semi Final 1 holding a number of nations with Russian-speaking nations. Will they get booed in Copenhagen? I hope not, as the Russian entry this year – internally selected – are the young Tolmachevy Sisters; not responsible for any atrocities as far as I’m aware.
The song itself might sound a bit trite, as did last year’s “What if”, but also in common with that song was how strong it is on first impressions. It’s a little flimsy to begin with, but the twins have lovely harmonies, which took them to third place in 2006’s Junior Eurovision.
It’s a surprisingly dramatic sounding track, and the twins ride out the tempest as the theatrics amp up and up. It’s certainly instant, and I wouldn’t begrudge them qualification at all, no matter what the country is.
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