In July we learned that Latvia’s Eurovision 2015 star Aminata had auditioned for The Voice of Russia 2016.
And on Friday Russia’s Channel One finally broadcast the episode featuring her blind audition.
The Latvian songstress — who placed second in the jury vote at Eurovision, ahead of The Voice judge Polina Gagarina — chose to sing Polina ‘s old hit “Ya tebya ne proschyu nikogda”.
She nailed the performance not only with her powerful voice, but also with her pure Russian, which lacked any accent, leaving one of the judges surprised and impressed.
Two former Eurovision participants — Polina and Dima Bilan — turned their seats for Aminata, who came off as humble as ever.
The “A Million Voices” singer complimented Aminata on her performance at Eurovision 2015 and was bursting with positive comments and feelings for her old pal.
For his part, the Eurovision 2008 winner was practically begging Aminata to join his team, joking that “friendship interferes with work”, making her old acquaintance Polina less fit to work with her.
But as expected, Aminata chose her 2015 rival and now mentor Polina Gagarina.
In the grand final, Polina finished as the runner-up overall, while Aminata came sixth.
The sequence was all good-spirited and friendly, though there was one slight gaffe, when one judge seemed confused by Aminata’s ethnicity.
After praising her voice and talent he queried the colour of her skin, not knowing that her father hails from the African nation of Burkina Faso. Although he was attempting to give her a compliment, it all came off a little awkward.
Aminata brushed off the comments like the pro she is.
— William Lee Adams (@willyleeadams) September 10, 2016
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