There’s just one short month until JESC 2015, and Mikhail Smirnov hopes it is filled with the new and final version of his song “Mechta”.

Misha was selected to represent Russia on September 25, after winning the jury votes and receiving over 8,000 televotes. That was more than enough to make him Russia’s first male solo act since 2008, when Mikhail Puntov represented the country.

That’s all well and good — but Misha’s song was over three minutes. So he and his team have hit the studio and cut it down. While they were at it they gave the song a whole new arrangement, which turned the somewhat dreamy (or sleepy) ballad into a mid-tempo song that definitely keeps us awake.

There’s also an extra English-language chorus that goes like this: “…and take me to the blue skies/and we will sing about the place“. We’ll join you.

Listen to the new version below and tell us which one you prefer!

Mikhail Smirnov – “Mechta”  (Dream) (Final version)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K34euQXVJhM

Mikhail Smirnov – “Mechta” (original version)

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Thomasfan22
Thomasfan22
5 years ago

I completley underestimated this. The new version is amazing!

Sparrow
Sparrow
5 years ago

I like that the song packs more of a punch now but it’s cheapend in a way. His vocals are completely drowned out by the end. Disappointing revamp but I still like the song.

PP
PP
5 years ago

1.Armenia
2.Georgia
3.Australia
4.Serbia
5.Albania
6.Belarus
7.The Netherlands
8.Slovenia
9.Ukraine
10.F.Y.R Macedonia
11.Russia
12.Bulgaria
13.Montenegro
14.Italy

Roelof Meesters
Roelof Meesters
5 years ago

I like the revamp. It still doesn’t get above an eight place.

@EugeneESCUK
5 years ago

They have just added a very simple drum machine beat, (which sounds like bad beat box really!!) It makes little difference; it’s still nothing special for me.

Graph
Graph
5 years ago

I like this version about the same as the previous one. I like the rock style in the new version, but the vocals still sound like a choir ballad which is a bit odd. I think they should either make the instrumentation quieter, or else he needs to sing with a stronger voice.

Álex, from Spain
Álex, from Spain
5 years ago

Now the chorus is more powerful and the verses have a nice feeling atmosphere. I like both versions and it’s my favourite by far. I hope he wins!

fikri
fikri
5 years ago

i love it. the chorus packs more punch in the new version. he needs to work on his english tho.

what is it with russia sending songs with “dream” in the title these coupe of years btw?

Callum Nowacki
Callum Nowacki
5 years ago

Not sure how I feel about this. I thought it was pretty dire to begin with, but I don’t know about it now – it’s no longer dire, but it’s lost something else.

MirkoJoshua
MirkoJoshua
5 years ago

Even worse than before…

rhin
rhin
5 years ago

The original was a bit more subtle and I liked it better however this seems a bit more suitable for the live show. Best luck 🙂

nataly
nataly
5 years ago

It’s his best yet!