The Wiwi Jury: Turkey’s Can Bonomo with “Love Me Back”

Wiwi’s Jury traveled to Istanbul this morning to review Can Bonomo’s Eurovision 2012 song “Love Me Back.” Did we indulge in Turkish Delight or did it turn into a Turkish fuh-right? Read on, people…

Wiwi: I seriously need Hadise to have a gang bang with maNga so they can re-populate Turkey with people who can actually perform. This act is a disaster. It’s like meets Zdob si Zdub—but without all the pretty colors to distract you from the music. The lyrics, which you can read here, are pretty shite. “Hop up to my ship, baby, I’ll make you fly/ You love me and you know that, baby, don’t you lie.” I don’t want you. I don’t want to listen to you. I don’t want to vote for you. Go. Away.

Score: 2/10

Vebooboo: OK, dude can’t dance worth sh*t, and he really needs to work on his stage presence.  BUT, the song kind of reminds me of “Love in Rewind” from last year, and something tells me most of Eastern Europe is going to love the instrumentals in the background.  Even though this ain’t my cup of tea, I think the East will be drinking his ‘raki’ (national drink) up!

Score: 7/10

Meows Kitty: It’s a very quirky song and it isn’t really what I expected from Turkey, which is known more for its ethnic and mainstream disco infused songs such as “Dum Tek Tek” and “Shake it Up” with lots of scantily-clad slithering backup dancers. The song is different and had a great intro—well, in the first 5 seconds, anyway. But that failed to build up to a great song. Meh. Nothing special.

Score: 5/10

Deban: As the entries for Baku pour in, it’s as if all the EBU delegate countries have got together and decided on making good music a secondary concern this year. Turkey is no exception to this imagined school of thought. Surprisingly, for a country that produces excellent entries year after year, the setback of not qualifying last year has generated this ‘I-don’t-give- a damn-approach’. The most redeeming quality about this entry is Mr Bonomo’s looks. He could bag a trophy in Wiwi’s annual search for Eurovision’s Next Top Male Model. Sadly, the song lacks artistic merit and craftsmanship. Hearing it the first time, it sounds recycled and somewhat tired.

How can one love this song back when its submission is masochistic in nature? As well as being bland, it’s shocking to believe that this is an internal selection. Turkish citizens should demand justice and transparency! No music expert in their right mind would choose this as a submission for the quarter finals, let alone a winning entry!

Score: 2.5/10

The Wiwi Jury Verdict: 4.1/10