Latvia’s Aminata auditions for the Voice of Russia 2016

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She’s a Latvian singer of Russian and Burkinabe descent, and her voice is as large as the sky.

So perhaps it’s not that big of a surprise that Miss Aminata Savadogo has decided to participate in the fifth season of The Voice of Russia.

As KP Kaliningrad reports, auditions kicked off on June 27 and the first stage has just ended, with hundreds of hopefuls coming not only from Russia, but also Belarus, Ukraine, the United States, Georgia, Cuba and, of course, Latvia.

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Early in her career Aminata — who placed second with the Eurovision jury in 2015 — participated in a number of Latvian talent shows, including Musikala, Koru Kari 3 and Jauna talantu Fabrika, which she won in 2013.

But surely our readers remember her most for competing in Latvia’s Eurovision pre-selections — Dziesma 2014 and Supernova 2015. She entered again in 2016 (as an author) and won.

Now she’s pursuing fame through The Voice, a path followed by other past Eurovision participants including Uzari, Youddiph and Aliona Moon. None of them won, but many went far and deep and we trust that Aminata can keep that trend going.

The TV show returns this autumn and the make-up of the jury remains a closely-guarded secret. But chances are high that Polina Gagarina will remain as one of the coaches. Will she recognise Aminata’s voice from Eurovision 2015 and turn her seat? We’ll have to wait and see…

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