23 March 2015

Review: Russia: Eurovision 2015 | Polina Gagarina

Polina Gagarina
Polina Gargarina lends her voice to the Russian entry
It's difficult to talk about a Russian Eurovision entry when the country is involved in an unprovoked armed and political conflict. It's tougher still when the song in question preaches love, harmony, respect and unity. A Million Voices by Polina Gargarina is an exercise in extreme irony if ever there was one, but as a contemporary power ballad, it hits the bullseye.

That's because Russia knows how to play the Eurovision game. Gather together an international songwriting team, not forgetting to include some Swedes; add a beautiful blonde, blue-eyed model type with a reasonable singing voice; put forth a familiar melody; mix it all together in a sickly sweet official video which will appeal to the masses and - boom! A Eurovision 'paint-by-numbers' song without a beard in sight.

Yes, okay, it's very good. A Top 10, or possibly a Top 5 finish is achievable, if voters are able to disregard the cynicism of it all.

How about you?

Image by Okras (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0], via Wikimedia Commons

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