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Monday, 01 November 2010 23:52

JESC 2010: An Expert Opinion - Russia

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The Junior Eurovision Song Contest is surely a very popular family event here in Malta and also a showcase in which our younger generation of stars can express themselves through the medium of song. Our nation has participated since the initial event which was held in the capital city of Denmark, Copenhagen. We give the event some extra exposure as it gets closer and therefore, that is why, we are continuing our feature "An Expert Opinion" today. We are going to be taking up each respective entry as drawn by the European Broadcasting Union just two weeks ago.

Our four experts have given us their comments and voted but you have to vote for each entry as well because the final result will be 80% Jury and 20% Poll Voting. Today, we will be bringing you the detailed review and biography of the duo from mother Russia whose names are Liza and Sasha. They will be performing the song "Boy And Girl" which surely represents their extremely interesting partnership

Biography (As Published by Junior Eurovision.tv)

The winners of the Russian national selection for the 2010 Junior Eurovision Song Contest, Liza Drozd and Sasha Lazin live in Krasnoyarsk. Liza is eleven and Sasha is going to celebrate his 11th birthday in October. They go to the 5th grade, and also study at the School of Arts for children. Since the age of five they have been taking music and vocal lessons. Before the duo was founded, they performed successfully as solo artists.

Sasha and Liza were performing a lot in different concerts lately. This summer, together with the young members of a musical centre, they participated in the International Festival of Children’s Theaters Create Your Dream! in Germany. The duo was awarded the first prizes at the International Children’s and Youth Creativity contest and at the Russian Popular Music Television contest for children.

Liza and Sasha are very famous in Krasnoyarsk. Liza used to be a TV-host in a popular TV program Home Alone and together with Sasha they were hosting the music program Magic Microphone.

The Comments

Niall Mooney: 4 from a possible 10

OK finally a song I really don’t like, I don’t think it sits well with child voices. Like I said let kids be kids. This is a throw back to Bugsy Malone. To be fair to the kids they have fine voices and  look fantastic. But this song is a disaster in my opinion.

Ylenia Vella:  5 from a possible 10

The second duet of this year’s festival featuring a jazz type song. The harmony produced by Sasha and Liza makes the song interesting – however I think it is not one of the best songs of the festival for it has many repetition.

Donna McCaul: 8 from a possible 10

Love the Jazzy sound to this song. I think this boy and girl are very good and gel very well together on stage. Excellent harmonies and fun to watch.

Annabelle Debono:  8 from a possible 10

A big-band song with a swing feel that surely makes it sound very different from the rest. The singers seem to perform the song well, and they have the advantage that their song sounds unique when compared to all the rest!


A true effect of love it or hate it is the case with the Russian entry in this years' Junior Eurovision Song Contest. It managed extremely high scores from two of our experts reviewers managing an eight from two singers who have went to the actual Eurovision Song Contest, one as a main vocalist and one a backing vocalist but looking at someone who knows creativity quite well, this song did not tick the boxes whilst from a teenage point of view, it will not attract. The song managed to garner a total of 25 from a total of 40 which makes it the lowest scoring entry with Lithuania.

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