jESC 2014: Russia – Alisa Kozhikina – Dreamer
It’s the continuation of my opinion regarding the 16 competing entries from the 16 participating countries of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2014, which will be held in Marsa, Malta (officially, though, the host will be Malta as a whole. Marsa is only the location of the venue)
This year, Russia has changed their mindset for this edition of jESC: for the first time since their debut participation in 2005, they have selected their entry via internal selection. The lucky artist is none other than the winner of “The Voice Kids Russia”‘s latest edition, Alisa Kozhikina, who will perform a classic ballad sung in russian and english titled “Dreamer”. The singer got some help from Olga Serebkina (known as a member of girl group Serebro who represented the country in ESC 2007 with “Song #1”, reaching a highly respectable 3rd place) with the lyrics, while her teacher and producer Maxim Fadeev (totally know to ESC fans for having composed two ESC russian entries (2004: Julia Savicheva, “Believe me”, 11th – 2007: Serebro, “‘Song #1”, 3rd) and a belarussian ESC entry (2010: 3+2, “Butterflies”, 24th) helped her with the music. A more extensive biography of the participant can be seen on this link: http://www.junioreurovision.tv/page/participant-profile?song=32413
Now to the opinion of the song: Surely one of the best ballads of this edition with a set of angelic lyrics about a wandering dreamer – not only is professionally produced and arranged but its retro flavour is also a beautiful delight of class and nostalgy (a pity the musicality in the end (when the english language kicks in) is a bit of a letdown). The vocal performance in the studio version promises quite a lot in terms of a strong overall performance, but a live performance in a show from Channel One Russia done some weeks has supposedly put its chances of doing well in a bit of a danger – there’s still time to perfect things for the performance, though. Will “Dreamer” get a much better placing than the one Russia got when they last sent a ballad to a jESC editon (Mihali Puntov, “Spit angel”, 7th)?
From east to west we go as San Marino will have an opinion from me pretty soon. As always, watch out for it…