She’s the thirteen year-old talent who won the Russian selection for Junior Eurovision 2017 with her song “Krylya” (Wings) four months ago.
And last Tuesday Polina Bogusevich released the official music video, which, just like the song, is very powerful.
“Guys, here comes the moment when you realize everything that we have worked on for so long,” Polina wrote in an Instagram post shared with her 4,500 followers. “We invested in this clip the soul, emotions. We gave it everything that was in our hearts. This feeling should make it clear to everyone that you can’t be cruel, you can’t destroy what many of us are striving for — love and kindness. Love and cherish your family. Thank you very much to everyone who was around me, who worked and helped me! I hope that you will like what we have been working so hard for.”
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We do — and the video could very well set a new standard of professionalism and artistry for Junior Eurovision entries.
In the video’s opening shot, we see a young actress — apparently distressed — swaying and moving in an armchair as she performs thoroughly modern choreography, as Polina sings off camera. Wearing a grey shirt, long socks and a black skirt, she seems to channel the young dancer from Sia’s “Chandelier”…though facing much darker circumstances.
When Polina finally enters, she continues to sing, offering the actress a dash of hope and perseverance. “I’ll spread the wings behind your back,” she says. “The sky will be closer if you are with me.”
The dancer’s tormented moves and styling suggests any manner of troubles. It could represent a fascinating depiction of child abuse or even addiction.
A quick scan of social media reveals plenty of positive reviews. “The video has a really good message,” YouTube user Deniz writes. “I didn’t expect it to be that heavy, but it definitely fits the song.”
“My favourite song this year!” another user writes. “I could probably compose this song with better English lyrics but I will focus on her vocals and later her staging instead.”
Polina will take the stage alongside at least 15 other artists on 26 November inside Tbilisi’s Olympic Palace.
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