Wiwi Jury: Russia’s Mikhail Smirnov with ‘Mechta’

This afternoon the Wiwi Jury — our in-house panel of music unprofessionals — travelled to Moscow to down some shots of vodka and eat our body weight in blini. After we put away our babushka dolls, we visited the Kremlin to review Mikhail Smirnov‘s Junior Eurovision 2015 track ‘Mechta’ (Dream). Was this a sweet dream from Russia — or a beautiful nightmare? Read on to find out…

Russia’s Junior Eurovision 2015 song

‘MECHTA’ REVIEWS – Mikhail Smirnov

Angus: The Russian song is all kinds of beautiful this year and if Mikhail has five harmonising backing singers behind him on stage “Mechta” will be a complete smash. It could be a little too mature for kids at home but the juries will love this.

Score: 8/10

Deban: “Mechta” drums up a quiet storm and it captivates you from the very beginning. Mikhail’s performance exudes the right balance of confidence, vulnerability and maturity and lifts this dreamy pop number to the heavens. I’m fairly certain that in years to come Master Smirnov will cross over to the mother contest.

Score: 9.5/10

Robyn: Mikhail is a little star. He has great stage presence and I’m already imagining him representing Russia at ESC in 10 years. As a song “Mechta” isn’t especially captivating, but Mikhail works with it and delivers a good performance.

Score: 5/10


William: Misha does a great job with this anthem of love and hope. It creates a sleepy, wistful feeling and brims with youthful optimism. It’s perhaps a bit too relaxed and laid-back to compete against the vocal gymnastics that will be on show in Sofia, but it’s still a pleasant listen Russia can be proud of.

Score: 6/10

Renske: I feel like this entry is a bit underrated at the moment. After years of Russian girl power, the Slavic nation has finally chosen a boy. Misha has the perfect voice for a lullaby like “Mechta” — the most dreamy song of the contest. He doesn’t pretend to be charming, but is a charming performer.

Score: 9/10

Mikhail Smirnov JESC Russia 2015 2Sinan: I don’t think this kind of music suits him or his voice. But the song is good and Russia knows how to put on a stage show. It may not reach the heights of the Tolmachevy Sisters, but I’m curious to see how close he can come.

Score: 7/10

George: This is not going to do very well: some parts are just so forgettable. And maybe it’s about time Russia stops putting the world “dream” in every Junior Eurovision song title.

Score: 7/10

Our jury consists of 21 people, but we only have room for 7 written reviews. Here are the remaining 14  scores.

Antranig: 8/10

Bernardo: 5.5/10

Diego: 7/10

Edd: 6.5/10

Jason: 7/10

Josh: 6/10

Liam: 5/10

Luis: 6/10

Marek: 8/10

Mario: 6.5/10

Rezo: 5/10

Sopon: 5/10

William C: 8.5/10

Zakaria: 6.5/10

The highest and lowest scores are dropped prior to calculating the average score. This is to remove outliers and reduce potential bias. We have removed a low of  5 and a high of 9.5.