On Tuesday we said that Russia‘s Mikhail Smirnov had set himself up as one to watch ahead of Saturday night’s final. Today Mikhail hit every note of his power ballad “Mechta” and the screens really enhanced the performance. Vocally stimulating and visually stunning, Russia’s performance should catapult it up the leader board on Saturday night. PS. That dancer is fierce!
Watch Russia’s second rehearsal here
Mikhail Smirnov revamped “Mechta” following Russia’s national selection, taking it from middle-of-the-road to front-of-the-pack. His first rehearsal at Junior Eurovision 2015 marked another evolution: he’s cemented his place as one to watch ahead of Saturday’s live show.
Wearing a rather dapper blue suit, he stands centre stage and seems to feel every note and beat, bending and stepping and throwing his arm around like a proper R&B singer. A lady friend in white rocks in a hammock before getting up and stretching out — she’s all pirouettes, spins, and splits. Along with a purple-to-blue sky and plenty of stars, this creates the dreamy feelings he so tenderly sings about. His voice fits the music and the staging quite well. Given Russia’s ever-reliable diaspora, look for this to challenge.
JUNIOR EUROVISION 2015: RUSSIA’S FIRST REHEARSAL
Photo: EBU (Credit: Elena Volotova/Vladimir Dudakliev)