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Russia reveal final version of Junior Eurovision entry “Water Of Life”

Back in August, Russia selected 14-year-old Sofia Fisenko as the winner of their national final for the 2016 Junior Eurovision Song Contest. Her performance of Zhivaya voda was awarded top marks from both the jury and the internet voting. Today, the final version of the Russian entry was released and it features Sofia as the lead singer of a four-member girl group called the Water Of Life Project. The final chorus of the song has also been translated into English, from which the new title of the song Water Of Life originates from.
Russia have a fantastic record since their Junior Eurovision debut in 2005, finishing in the top 5 on seven occasions in their eleven appearances at the contest and never finishing outside the top 10. Russia’s best result at the contest was in 2006 when the Tolmachevy Twins were victorious with Vesenniy Jazz, who later went on to represent the country at the 2014 Eurovision Song Contest when Shine finished in a fantastic 7th place.
The new version of Water Of Life adds extra instrumentation to the original version and we can also hear the three newcomers to the project joining Sofia in singing beautiful harmonies throughout the song. You can check out the brand new music video below, and let us know what you think in the comments!

Ryan Cobb

My first memory of watching the Eurovision Song Contest was back in 2001 and, over the years, my passion and enthusiasm for the contest has very much turned into an obsession. I adore music and I love geography, so this contest is a natural fit for me. If la la loving Eurovision was a crime, I'd certainly be a criminal!

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