2000 and Whatever – Russia

We may not get to see our 2020 favourites take to the stage, but that doesn’t mean we can’t reminisce on our Eurovision favourites. This series is aimed to discover the team’s favourite entries from the 21st century, from 2001 to 2019.

In collaboration with ESCDaily, we will be reviewing some of their 21st Century favourites, while over on their site, you will find their reviews of our favourites!

Below our reviews, you will find a poll where you can vote for your favourite Eurovision entry from the 21st Century.

Russia

Anita Reviews Dennis’ 21st Century Favourite

Polina Gagarina – A Million Voices | 2nd place, 303 points (Final)

I might be a minority here, but I actually don’t find myself loving Russian Eurovision entries very often, despite their consistently good results. I think what often puts me off most of their entries is that they are lyrically contrived and musically cliche. A Million Voices ticks both of those boxes, and because of that, I don’t love this entry. I definitely appreciate Polina’s vocal performance, however. She was singing so passionately that at times it looked like she was about to combust! Overall, this is not an entry I choose to listen to, but I wouldn’t skip it if it came on.

Joshua Reviews Brandon’s 21st Century Favourite

Sergey Lazarev – You Are The Only One | 3rd place, 491 points (Final)

Russia really brought it in 2016 – this was the full package. The song alone is worthy of top 10, and paired with dramatic staging, it’s no surprise it came close to winning. I particularly appreciate how the staging and choreography becomes increasingly more impressive and difficult as the song progresses. Had this entry been in 2017 it arguably would have had a better shot at winning, but I feel that its placing was fair. Lazarev is a true performer, and he also played a role in taking this entry to the next level.

What does the ESCDaily team think of our 21st Century favourites? Make sure to head over to escdaily.com to find out!

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