Saturday, May 23, 2015
ESC 2015: maybe our winner is Russia
I have been critical of this entry but mainly due to the horribly cheesy lyrics. A load of clichés stacked onto one another in a way I hoped we had left behind somewhere in the early 1990's.
But the song itself has a very strong chorus, which is enhanced even further by the terrific performance by the glimmering Polina Garagina. She is clearly one of the best singers in the running and makes her song come alive. I even almost forget the horrid lyrics because she is so good. Warm and likeable.
If Russia wins, it will be a real headache for the EBU in the coming year. Is it even possible to host this event in Russia under the current circumstances? And if they decide that it's not: what rule in the rule book could be used to explain why Russia wouldn't be offered the right to host? Expect a lot of nervous tip-toeing around a number of questions if Polina wins tonight.
I hope none of this would matter tonight. Russia is not my dream winner for a number of reasons but if they don't win at least I hope it won't be for political reasons. Judge the songs, judge the performances and then we deal with the rest later.
somewhere between 3rd and 5th place, a dignified result not too close to the top
Polina Gagarina - A Million Voices (Russia 2015)