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Eurovision Contestants 2015: Russia

Despite having a Facebook page against its participation in Eurovision, and also having been copiously expand=1] booed during last year’s event, Russia still went on and decided to participate in this year’s edition. Our guess is the audience really didn’t like the song, we don’t see any other reason. But still, how impolite and mean, even if you didn’t enjoy the performance.

This must also make this year’s Russian contestant, Polina Gagarina, feel extremely nervous. Knowing that millions of people, in Vienna and through their television screens, are likely to jeer at you, must be terrible. Poor Russia.

But maybe Gagarina's song “A Million Voices,” which is about “believing in a dream,” “praying for peace and healing,” and generally singing along all together, hand in hand in the sunshine, will make Europe’s spoilsports think twice before criticizing Russia’s performance.

Our vote:

Does it make you want to visit that country? 1.5/10

Was there enough glitter? 7/10

Ok to quit your day job? 1.25/10

OVERALL AVERAGE: 3.25/10

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