Russia seems to be continuing its trend of trying to avoid politics in ESC. Here are some grandmas baking cookies. Here’s a peace ballad asking for everyone to come together and bury their guns. Here’s a song that’s sung by two 17-year-olds that have absolutely nothing to do with the government. And here’s a love/peace ballad focusing on kids, expecting parents, and senior citizens. It’s Polina Gagarina and “A Million Voices,” written by the same team who wrote Russia’s 2013 entry.
Politics aside, I like the song once it’s clear that I’m listening to the right song, (a.k.a. after hearing her sing the words of the title in the refrain). It’s not too obnoxious, and the refrain is somewhat catchy. However, I think the video directors took the lyrics from last year a little bit too seriously. When the Tolmachevy Sisters sang “Shine into my darkness,” they probably did not mean extreme computer screen glare from filming a platinum-blonde haired white person in a white dress singing in front of a white background. Also, if I had watched this on TV and had never known that this was a Eurovision entry or even a music video, I would have thought it was an advertisement for one or more of the following products:
Toothpaste: “4 out of 5 dentists approve of Brand X!”
Contact lenses “It’s like they’re not even there!”
Shampoo/conditioner: “Brand X helps my hair stay smooth, strong, and silky. And it should work with yours too!”
Detergent/Colour-safe bleach: “Safe for all types of clothing.Removes stains from my white dress BUT preserves the colours on everyone else’s clothes!”
Hair dye: “Want platinum blond locks like me? Try Brand X hair bleach!”
Anti-depression medication: “I used Brand X and it pulled me out of the darkness. But Brand X may not be for everyone. Side effects include nausea, increased appetite, weight gain, fatigue, insomnia, loss of sexual desire, dry mouth, blurred vision, constipation, and the sudden desire to to binge watch the South Park movie and blame Canada.”