All change in Russia — or near enough, anyhow. With the reveal of the music video for their Junior Eurovision entry, Russia have made it apparent that Sofia Fisenko will no longer be the sole artist. Instead, she’s now the lead singer of the group Water of Life Project. The title of the song “Zhivaya voda” has been reborn as the more Anglicised “Water of Life“.
Water of Life Project – “Water of Life”
The decision to switch from a solo artist to a group entry comes as a surprise.
Sofia was the resounding victor in both the pre-contest online voting and at the Russian national final.
Perhaps nodding to her success and the will of the people, Sofia clearly remains the lead singer of the group, so she’s not been completely hard done by. She’s definitely the focus and we’d expect to see the same on stage in Malta.
Interestingly, as recently as yesterday Sofia’s Instagram account continued to show her performing the song solo.
Sofia didn’t need any help singing, but her fellow group members help push the song forward with a lot more power. We’re almost getting a Sympho-Nick vibe, albeit with less theatricality. We’ll assume that means the group will ditch the backing dancers who competed at the national final, which is likely for the best.
The song still serves tribal realness, though. The production seems a little tighter, but there’s no other notable changes to the music itself. The other big change comes in the final chorus, where the group now sings in English. This isn’t anything new for Russia at Junior Eurovision: both Mikhail Smirnov and Alisa Kozhikina did the same.
It looks like Russia are once again taking JESC very seriously. The music video is slick and polished — it really looks expensive. The girls sound good in harmony, so let’s hope this continues on stage in Valletta.
What do you think of the changes that Russia have made? Do you like the group, or do you wish that Sofia had gone solo to Malta? Let us know in the comments section below.