After winning over judges and viewers alike over the past two months of The Voice of Russia, last night Aminata Savadogo was eliminated from the competition. The sad news was announced by her coach and Eurovision 2015 colleague Polina Gagarina, which led to a very emotional farewell.
In the Knockout Round, the Latvian golden girl was up against two other members of Polina’s team, Adelina Moiseyeva and Katya Kovskaya. Unlike the previous Battle Round duets, this time the performers had the stage to themselves.
Aminata performed the rock ballad “Obernis” (“Turn Around”), originally recorded by the Kyrgyzstan rock band Gorod 312. She put everything into her performance of the emotional song, and impressed the audience and earned a standing ovation from Coach Polina.
But that stellar performance wasn’t enough to save Aminiata. Up against the equally good performances from Adelina and Katya, the decision was always going to be a hard one.
First Kayta was saved, leaving just Aminata and Adelina, who had incorporated a costume change into her jaunty number. But Coach Polina had to make a decision. She selected Aminita as the one who would not be going through to the live shows.
Polina seemed genuinely upset at having to eliminate Aminata, crying as she farewelled her team member. This led some fans to wonder if the decision was made by the show’s producers, which would have put Polina in the difficult position of having to cut her Vienna pal from the show.
Aminata continued to slay in the Battle Round. She beat Louis Armstrong’s grandson Charlie in a duet of “It’s a Man’s World”.
But while Animata’s journey on The Voice of Russia has come to an end, the show has given her huge exposure in Mother Russia and will surely be a huge benefit to her career. And to be honest, Russia needs some more of that Burkina Faso realness.
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