Earlier today the Wiwi Jury—our in-house panel of musical unprofessionals—meditated in the monastery of Ostrog, and then headed to Podgorica to review Sergej Cetkovic‘s Eurovision 2014 song “Moj Svijet” (My World). Did we want to stay in his universe forever and day? Or did we rush to catch the first flight out of the Balkans? Read on to find out
Moj svijet reviews
Angus: I am as big a Titanic fan as the next person but that film totally ended in tragedy and there definitely comes a point when you know ‘Moj Svijet’ has hit the iceberg of no return. It’s basically after the bridge. The song just fizzles out. It’s a glorious slice of elegantly restrained Balkan balladry…and then…just vanishes beneath the waves. And that’s going to be a huge problem on the night. The end of the song has to give a final impression but if people have already manned the lifeboats beforehand Sergej isn’t going to get anywhere near the final never mind beyond.
Billy: An ethnic ballad for Montenegro. It reminds me of Serbia’s 2012 entry, although it has something more. At various points, four to five old ladies from Montenegro or any other Balkan country could stand on stage and perform traditional dances. Violins will not save this entry. I think Montenegro is doomed to fail every single year.
Bogdan: Although Balkan music is not my jam, I like “Moj Svijet”. Even without the cinematic video, the song transports you to that beautiful part of the world and makes you fall in love with its colours, rhythms and sounds. (Too bad it ends so abruptly.) Sergej sounds a bit like Zeljko and “Moj Svijet” is similar to “Lane Moje”, which makes sense: it represented Serbia and Montenegro ten years ago. Given its great spot in the first semi-final, Sergej’s ballad should advance to the Grand Final. It certainly deserves to.
Deban: Montenegro really knows how to plug it’s idyllic landscape. The images that accompany the original version of this video are simply beautiful. Still, most of my scores should reflect the merits of the actual song. At this point, I am biased! The visuals have worked their magic on a song that ordinarily would have had zero impact. If Sergej wants to advance to the Saturday show, then, staging is crucial.
Katie: A foreign language ballad with a video that looks like a Bertolli advert is not something I’d normally like at Eurovision. It’s got those ethnic vibes at the beginning (I swear it sounds Scottish!) which you either love or hate, but Sergej’s voice is beautiful. It’s so mellow, it blends perfectly with the violins and even makes the cheesy music video not seem so bad. It’s such a nice song and I really hope people pay attention to it in Copenhagen, and it doesn’t just become a toilet break song. I’m hoping for lighters in the air! With just the right combination of calmness and power, Montenegro might be able to FINALLY qualify this year!
Padraig: Bor-ING! I’m getting flashbacks of Moran Mazor and Despina Olympiou – not good. Both of those caused mass drowsiness and Sergej is set to do the same. The video may try to dazzle us with scenic shots of undulating hills and crashing waves, but it’s fooling no one. “Moj Svijet” has zero drama and overall is about as exciting as a bucket of magnolia paint. Sure, Sergej has a nice voice but that’s not going to be enough to see him to the final. Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have some yawns to suppress.
Mike: This song is so boring. I have never listened the whole song because I fall asleep before it ends! When I watch the video I can see how good the song is, but I just don’t feel it. How does he make three minutes feel like they last an eternity?
Ramadan: What an amazing ballad! The start gave me goosebumps. It’s my number one for the year. Even though I don’t know what Sergej is saying, it’s truly touchy. I try to sing along with him. I have now seen the lyrics, and they’re very beautiful. This is definitely the best song that Montenegro has ever sent. The video is as stunning as the instrumentals, and it was a great move for Sergej to choose Montenegrin over English. It’s much stronger in my opinion. I cannot stop listening to this masterpiece.
Vebooboo: This song is ruul ruul emotional. To be quite honest, it don’t matter what language Sergej is singing in, because these lyrics are like a meal at world-class restaurant Noma in Copenhagen — A grade quality. I mean, honestly, who doesn’t want to hear about the depth of a man’s love for someone else, his willingness to wait, his desire to sweep you into his arms. Oooh, I’m getting all tingly. My only gripe with this ballad is the utterly abrupt nature with which it ends. I mean, if he has been waiting so long, then why the hell can’t he hold on a few more seconds at the end? Is Sergej trying to tell us that his first love ended just as abruptly? If so, then you need a big-ass hug in Copenhagen, boo. But more importantly, Ima need you to make the Final.
Wiwi: During the first 15 seconds of this song, I was waiting for Leonardo DiCaprio to start making out with Kate Winslet. Then the Titanic vibe passed and I got wrapped up in another love story with a distinctly Balkan flavor. Clearly sponsored by the Montenegrin Board of Tourism, this video is stunning. The song is beautiful too. But, just like Nina Badric and Maya Sar in 2012, something about it feels incomplete. It may be the abrupt ending. It may be the fact I cannot remember the melody. Either way the conclusion is the same: I’m just not that into you.
All 19 members of our jury rate each song. However, we only have room to share 10 written reviews. Here are the remaining nine scores.
James L: 6/10
Maxim Montana: 6/10
William C: 8.3/10
The highest and lowest scores are removed before calculating the final score. We have dropped a low of 2 and a high of 10.
The Wiwi Jury Verdict: 6.25/10
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