The Tolmachevy Twins released the Russian version of “Shine” today, and the bottom line is that it sounds better than the English version.
The video is interesting, as it showcases messages of support for “Shine” that the sisters have received on Twitter from various Russian artists and music professionals. We especially noted the names that are famous for previously gracing the Eurovision stage, like Dima Bilan, Evgeny Plushenko, and Emin Agalarov. Funnily enough, though, after all the messages are in Russian, a big “Thank you” (in English) shows up on screen at the end of the video.
This version leaked on Russian social media site Vkontacte yesterday, to mostly positive feedback from Eurovision fans everywhere. Many opined that the Tolmachevy Twins should have stuck to the Russian version, which sounds more natural and overall interesting. We also think that their voices sound clearer and more mature than on the English version. Seeing as it’s in Russian, we can also focus a bit more on the instrumental, which is great, in a retro kind of way. But more about that on our Wiwi Jury review, soon!
What do you think, which version do you prefer? Here is the English language version as well:
Bogdan Honciuc is a Romania-based correspondent for WiwiBloggs.com. You can follow him on Twitter @stingovision. You can also keep up-to-date with the latest Eurovision news and gossip by following the team on Twitter @wiwibloggs and by liking our Facebook page.