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RUSSIA: Tatyana Mezhentseva and Denberel Oorzhak “A Time for Us”

Russia this year will be represented by the cute duo Denberel Oorzhak and Tatyana Mezhentseva. Denberel comes from the Tuva Republic, which sits in southern Siberia on the border with Mongolia. Tatyana is from Moscow, and the two met during the Children's New Wave Contest, which is an international festival that has seen several performers reach Junior Eurovision, including Daneliya Tuleshova for Kazakhstan last year, and the 2017 winner Polina Bogusevich from Russia.

Tatyana contributed to the lyrics of A Time For Us - a song about the present-day generation and its approach to life. They told the official JESC site: "We are staying on top of everything that happens. We access to internet all the time, and we want to be aware on what is going on. But we should remember the important things. It is within our power to make the world a better place, and to save our planet! It doesn't matter whatever country you are from or family that raised you - it is all about us."

First impressions of A Time For Us, I thought I was hearing the guy from Ich Troje - Poland's 2006 Eurovision entry - with Denberal's voice so raspy. It's like he's smokes two packs of cigarettes a day and just came off an all weekend bender. To think, he hasn't even gone through puberty yet. In contrast, Tatyana's is so soft, and strangely these two voices complement each other so well - you can hear each one distinctly. It's a really nice match.

Russia has had a great recent history at JESC, with the last 3 years producing my 3 favourite songs of their years, including that spectacular performance of Wings by Bogusevich in 2017. I'm not quite feeling it this year. While it's a pleasant enough song, it doesn't really rise to any great crescendo, and it's all a bit sugary. With Denberel's voice, it seems a missed opportunity not to go for something more edgy or rock orientated. Their biggest strength will be that, in a year that seems overdosed on ballads, they are a distinct duet and should stand out simply for that.

Lyrics of A Time For Us:

Russian:

Время для нас
Меженцева Татьяна и Ооржак Денберел

Пусть говорят
Что кто-то может быть лучше нас
Мне все равно
Я лишь хочу быть собой сейчас
Мой дом – это мир
И в нем так много прекрасного
Тратя жизнь на успех
Позабыв обо всех
Мы не станем счастливее

We're free and bold
Будет трудно и пусть
Go ‘n’ wake the world
Продолжай свой путь

Это время для нас
Просто живи
Этот мир без границ
Время любви
Всегда и везде
Спиной к спине Сохраняя любовь (огонь) в своей душе
Это время для нас
Только здесь и сейчас
Всегда и везде
Спиной к спине
Сохраняя любовь (огонь) в своей душе

Мне важно кто мы
И что останется после нас
Мы миллиарды частей
Единого целого

Будет трудно и пусть
Get it on, Get it on, Get it on, Get it

Time has come and it's now
Live n keep on (Just get it on) There’s no limit for us
As we’re strong
To unite the world 'N' break every wall
Keep the fire up & burning in our souls

English:

Let them talk
That others might be better than we are I don't care
As I just wanna be myself
This world is my home
And there's are so many wonderful things in it
But spending life on success Neglecting others
We won't become happier
We're free and bold Let it be hard sometimes
Go ‘n’ wake the world
Stick to your way
This time is for us - just live
This world has got no boundaries - time for love
Forever and everywhere
Back to back
We'll be keeping love in our souls This time is for us
Only here and now
Forever and everywhere
Back to back
We'll be keeping love in our souls I care who we are
And what we're gonna leave here We're like billions of parts
Of the entire world
Let it be hard sometimes
Get it on, Get it on, Get it on, Get it on
Time has come and it's now
Live ‘n keep on
There’s no limit for us
As we’re strong
To unite all the world 'N' break every wall
Keep the fire up & burning in our souls

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