Russia in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2015
Russia participated in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2015 which took place on 21 November 2015, in Sofia, Bulgaria. The Russian broadcaster, Russia-1, selected their entry through a televised national final. Mikhail Smirnov won it and represented Russia with his song "Mechta (Dream)". He finished 6th in the final of the contest with 80 points.
|Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2015|
|Selection process||National Final|
|Selection date(s)||25 September 2015|
|Selected entrant||Mikhail Smirnov|
|Selected song||"Mechta (Dream)"|
|Final result||6th, 80 points|
|Russia in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest|
|Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2015 entry|
Vladimir Dushevny, Dimitris Kontopoulos, Mikhail Smirnov
Vladimir Dushevny, Mikhail Smirnov
|◄ "Dreamer" (2014)|
|"Water of Life" (2016) ►|
Prior to the 2016 Contest, Russia had participated in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest ten times since its debut in 2005. Russia have participated at ever contest since its debut, and have won the contest once in 2006 with the song "Vesenniy Jazz", performed by Tolmachevy Twins. The twin sisters went on to become the first act from a Junior Eurovision Song Contest to represent their country at the Eurovision Song Contest, performing the song "Shine" at the Eurovision Song Contest 2014, in Copenhagen, Denmark.
On 10 September Carousel finished accepting applications for participation in the Russian national selection for the Junior Eurovision 2015. The national final was held on 25 September 2015. Mikhail Smirnov was declared the winner.
The jury was composed by 7 members, including some well known names for Eurovision fans like Alisa Kozhikina (who represented Russia last year), Philipp Kirkorov (Eurovision composer and singer, represented Russia in 1995) and Julia Savicheva (represented Russia in 2004 at the adult ESC). Both Philipp and Julia performed during the interval act.
Before Junior EurovisionEdit
The Russian broadcaster, Russia-1, announced on 29 April 2016 that they would be participating at the 2016 Contest, taking place in Valletta, Malta, on 20 November 2016. At the time of the announcement, it was also stated that the national final would take place in the city of Sochi, which had also hosted the 2014 Winter Olympics. The choice of city for hosting the national selection was later changed following an announcement on 27 May 2016, when further details regarding the mechanism for the selection process were released. The national selection took place on 15 August 2016, in Artek, Crimea, and was televised a day later on 16 August 2016. Submissions for entrants were open between 30 May to 15 July, with the audition stage taking place in the Russian capital, Moscow on 20 July 2016. Russia-1 announced on 21 July 2016 that a total of sixteen artists would be competing in the national final.
|1||Caramel Sky||"Tvist-Syurpriz"||Surprise twist||12||0||4381||0||12||14|
|3||Kameliya Pedan||"Zhar ptitsa"||Firebird||12||0||3112||0||12||15|
|7||Vilena Khikmatullina||"Vyshe neba"||Above the sky||12||5||3816||0||17||8|
|10||Khikmatullina & Maneshina||"Begi"||Run||12||8||7489||8||28||3|
|11||Sonya Lapshakova||"A ya smogu!"||And I could!||12||4||7311||5||21||6|
|12||Katya Maneshina||"Ya vybirayu svet"||My guiding light||12||3||3466||0||15||11|
|14||Mlilana Pavlova||"Pyatyy okean"||Fifth ocean||12||0||3433||0||12||17|
|15||Anna Tomilo||"Ya narisuyu"||I draw||12||2||5078||2||16||9|
|17||Ekaterina Bizina||"Otkroy glaza"||Open your eyes||12||0||7263||4||16||10|
Artist and song informationEdit
|Also known as||Misha Smirnov|
|Born||30 April 2003|
Mikhail Smirnov (Russian: Михаил Смирнов; born April 30, 2003), better known by his stage name Misha Smirnov, is a Russian child singer. He represented Russia in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2015 with the song "Mechta" (Russian: Мечта, English: Dream).
Smirnov was born in the city of Moscow, Russia on April 30, 2003. Mikhail's success as a singer is no less impressive considering his family background - born to parents who are mathematicians, who both graduated from the Maths & Mechanics faculty at the Moscow State University. When he was three years old, Mikhail suddenly began to stutter and his parents sent him to singing lessons as part of the therapy. There, his first vocal coach noticed that Mikhail not only had a good ear for music but also a wonderful voice. His mother, who also graduated from music school and plays piano, cultivated Mikhail’s love of music throughout his childhood.
Gradually gaining skills, Mikhail began not only performing at various competitions, but also winning prizes. At the age of eight he moved studios, and hit professional level by winning many prizes in his new environment. Despite his young age, Mikhail has a large number of titles to his name from both Russian and international competitions.
Mikhail is already an experienced actor and was a finalist on the second season of the Russian TV show The Voice Kids (Голос. Дети). Mikhail had to battle a series of strong female vocalists, many of whom rode the EDM trend with upbeat, danceable songs.
Mechta (Dream) is a song by Russian child singer Mikhail Smirnov. It represented Russia in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2015 in Sofia, Bulgaria.
At Junior EurovisionEdit
Detailed voting resultsEdit
The following members comprised the Russian jury:
|Draw||Country||S. Kazanova||Y. Nachalova||S. Shirokov||A. Shulgina||M. Kozhevnikova||Average Jury Points||Televoting Points||Points Awarded|
- All countries received one set of 12 points to ensure no country finished with nul points.
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