We’re freaky and we know it

Earlier today the Wiwi Jury—our in-house panel of musical unprofessionals—visited the Temple of Hephaestus to pay homage to the patron god of metal working and craftsmanship. Then we headed to Athens to review Freaky Fortune and Riskykidd’s Eurovision 2014 song “Rise Up”. Did we follow their order to stand up and dance? Or did we rise up so that we could leave ‘da club? Read on to find out…

Billy: Well, this year it couldn’t be Greek-ska again. “Rise Up” is a very nice, pop entry which will make the Eurofans dance. It generally talks about revolution, in a pop way, while there is that Balkan sound in the beginning. It may not finish in the top-10, but it will for sure win the Europeans’ hearts.

Score: 9/10

Katie: I like this one. The fact that it starts with trumpets makes me like it even more, taking a leaf out of Koza Mostra’s book is always a good idea. The rapper hails from London, and I like that he’s keeping it real with that cockney accent. Once there’s actual singing, it’s all dancey and so much fun! By the chorus, I’m doing some crazy “We no speak Americano” dance. This song is so much fun!

Score: 9/10

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Angus: Hera. Have. Mercy. Greece, what is this? We forgave you for sending the poor man’s Kalomira in 2012. We forgave you for ripping off ‘OPA’ last year in Malmö. But I can’t forgive you for this. Who thought sending the mutant offspring of Sakis Rouvas and Stereo Mike was a good idea? ‘Rise Up’ is about as textbook as Eurodance comes and feels like an Inna B-Side or the cast-off from an Alexandra Stan album rather than anything anyone would take seriously.

Score: 5.5/10

Bogdan: When I moved to Romania back in 2011, this is the kind of music that got played on the radio ALL. THE. TIME. I was very surprised to see that Greece chose this outdated number to represent their country in 2014, but hey, to each their own. The beginning sounds promising (props to Riskykidd!), but then when the chorus starts, “Rise Up” loses me. It’s fun and I might dance to it in B&W, but quality-wise, it’s an unfortunate choice. I agree with Angus, this sounds like a Inna or Alexandra Stan B-side, circa three years ago. (Mind you, this means Greece could get 10 or even 12 points from Romanian televoters in the Final.) PS:  Too bad the guys can’t send their brilliant Eurovision medley!

Score: 4/10

Deban: What sounds like the soundtrack to a sunny Cypriot holiday in 1992, resurrects itself as this year’s Greek Eurovision entry. Yes, Freaky Fortune and British rapper Riskykidd are a sight for sore eyes, but their urban swagger needs to cut more slack in order to bag my vote. What was crafted as a revolutionary dance anthem translates into an annoying reprise. Well, that’s my view. Fortunately, the Eurovision’s Next Top Male Model prize is also up for grabs. This is their best hope.

Score: 3.5/10

Vebooboo: When I heard the opening rap verse of this song, I immediately rolled my eyes. When will people learn that rap and Eurovision do not a good combo tend to make? Luckily, the song turns into a relatively generic upbeat number shortly thereafter.  Now, nobody’s going to forget the name of this song. I mean, “rise up” literally represents about 70% of the words in the song.  Perhaps the songwriter charged the Greek government per unique word?  If so, (s)he needs to stop being so greedy and learn to diversify things a bit. The tune is catchy, though, and Eurovision ain’t exactly an intellectual affair. So I’d be surprised if this number doesn’t make it through. Welcome back, Greece!

Score: 6.5/10

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Mike: There is only one thing to say about this song: another TOP 10 placing for Greece. The song is okay, and in the club it could really work. But it’s not Eurovision. If it does well it’s only because the Greek diaspora is sending through a lot of televotes…

Score: 4.5/10

Padraig: It’s no coincidence that the word “adonis” originated in Greece. From Sakis Rouvas to Elias Kozas they’ve never been shy to flaunt their male hotties on Europe’s biggest stage, and this year is no exception. I could happily spend my days staring at Freaky Fortune and Risky Kidd, but as we all know Eurovision is not a beauty contest. Which in this case is unfortunate, because “Rise Up” isn’t fit for much. It’s like a diluted version of “Bom Bom” by Sam and the Womp, while the lyrics seem to have been written by someone playing a very repetitive game of innuendo bingo. I’m afraid all the rising is going to be in the *cough* pants department rather than on the leaderboard.

Score: 4.5/10

freakyfortune-riskykidd-highres-photoiii-1Sami: When I first heard the song it was just another piece of radio pop for me, and I actually cheered for Kostas Martakis to win Greek Eurosong. But after the Greeks chose “Rise Up” I started to play it more and fell in love. I love these guys (especially Nikolas, grr!) and they sound great live. There isn’t much happening in the song, but damn, it really makes me dance! It’s not as good as last year’s entry, which I loved, but I hope “Rise Up” gets a good place in the Eurovision final, which they will surely qualify for.

Score: 9/10

Wiwi: As Riskykidd says, their flow is oh-so-freaky and these boys are oh-so-cheeky. They exude swagger without coming off as arrogant, and they scream pop star without oozing ego. With that kind of likeability, they could sing a Gregorian chant and still do well at Eurovision. Fortunately they bring a song that makes my head bob and that conveys a message of perseverance wrapped up in catchy pop. It’s songs like this that make me love Eurovision.

Score: 8/10

All 19 jurors review each song, but we only have enough space to share 10 of their reviews. The nine remaining scores are listed below. 

Anthony: 5/10

Mario: 7.5/10

Francheska:  9/10

James L: 8/10

Maxim Montana: 8/10

Patrick: 6.5/10

Zach: 6.5/10

Ramadan: 2/10

William C: 7.5/10

The highest and lowest scores are dropped before we calculate the final average. We have dropped a low of 2 and a high of 9. 

The Wiwi Jury Verdict: 6.62/10

You can check out our latest Eurovision 2014 reviews and rankings on the Wiwi Jury page. You can keep up-to-date on the latest Eurovision news and gossip by following the team on Twitter @wiwibloggs and by liking our Facebook page.

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Rogie
Guest

Is it called “RISE UP!?”
Never have guessed lol
Catchy and the underlyiing trumpet rift reminds me of something that I just can’t pin down.
Sure it will go down well in the semi, will it make the final? MMMM not sure

HKD
Guest

I’ve often thought the Greek songs have vastly over achieved but this one would be thoroughly deserving of a top 5 finish. Infuriatingly catchy and so what if it sounds a bit dated…we loved these kind of songs then and love them now

Leon
Guest

Good dance number, catchy simple lyrics, good looking guys, no one will worry too much about what the message is. Probably bag a lot of votes to stay in top 10 but that’s it. 5/10

BIONDA
Guest

WELL DONE FREAKY FORTUNE!!!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZexqDwA9uGw

MoMo
Guest

Meh. Sounds like a Pitbull cover

David
Guest

Apropos, Greek’s song is so similar what Inna – from Romania – is singing….so….what to say more about. Nothing!

David
Guest

Hi,
Your poll is good enough… but where is Miracle!!??? of Romania.
do you really think that ROU will be not among the favorites this year? I think is quite a joke of WIWIbloggs.com…
Demark, Romania, UK, Sweden, Macedonia, Israel,Spain, and few more countries are going to do very well on the Copenhagen’s ESC scene.

davve
Guest

Macedonia and Greece could fight for the same votes this year.

Pastora Soler haha
Guest

This song will be very bad for the juries…

Panos
Guest

?????? ?? ?????…. The greek song is great… Top 5 this year!!!

Nikos
Guest

@Marcelo N

I could not have put it better myself!

Marcelo N
Guest
As much as I hate to admit it, and even though this has nothing to do with my avoid-the-night-club lifestyle, this is a very, very catchy song. Not badly sung and sounding OK live, it is almost a feat for this genre. Whoever finds this dated, hey, there’s no pleasing you. Unless you confuse modern for edgy, which would hardly be welcome at ESC save rare exceptions (and btw “modern” has been reminiscent of the ’80s for a few years now), there is nothing dated in here. Just listen to the usual upbeat entries, even this year. Not to mention… Read more »
Robyn
Guest

I like this song. When so many of the favourites are emotionally draining dramatic ballads, it’s good to have something with a positive message that can be danced to. And it’s a bonus that this trio are rather attractive.

One thing to consider, though – Greece won’t have the usual 12 points from Cyprus this year.

Erin
Guest
We need to disperse the myth that whatever Greece sends will end up top 10 as 2012 proved with Eleftheria and her over-the-counter ‘Aphrodisiac’. 3 out of the 4 last Greek entries offered a creative fusion of styles and musical influences, whether it’s Balkan-Beat, Rembetiko and/or rap. This year they did it again with an emphasis on dance-club that corresponds well with young urban Eurovision electorate, so I have no doubt it will be another top 10 because it’s catchy, upbeat and bouncy. Personally, I think it’s too soon to repeat the Koza-Mostra intro or echoing Deep Zone and Balthazar’s… Read more »
fikri
Guest

i don’t know… ever since the financial crisis i have a soft spot for greece. everything that they send seems great. o.O am i being biased?

Nikos
Guest

Who is Ramadan? I have noticed he gives low scores on a lot of things and never gives full commentary… Strange…..

SteliosN
Guest

Another top 10 spot for GREECE please!

marinek
Guest

For sure in the final and then top 5 for me!Love you guys!

Timselvision
Guest

Best in semi 2, together with Romania and Israel!

SJ
Guest

Greece in final 100 %, in final from 5 to 8 place.

Fan
Guest

Macedonia is much better. This is eurotrash.

sam
Guest

just recycled mainstream eurotrash dancebeat with a balkan influence and bad rapping. nothing special; don’t understand the hype.

Tha
Guest

This is a nice song… to listen in gym.

gior gos ESC
Guest

GREECE love you!!!!!! <3

Chesco
Guest

I would certainly have a great time dancing this at a club, but I don’t think this is Eurovision material. Still, the three singers are VERY handsome!

JOHNSI
Guest

YOU HAVE NO IDEA ABOUT MUSIC . RISE UP IS ONE OF THE GREATEST SONGS THIS YEAR… YOU ARE OLDFASHIONED GUYS

Armond
Guest

Like ‘Aphrodisiac’ the song won’t do well with the juries, the vocals are solid but not outstanding. As for the song I like it. (6/10)

Dhani
Guest

greece will as usual get 1st or 2nd place in the semi final and then place 6th-9th in the final.

ello
Guest

gross! 0.5/10

Trebinium
Guest
bav
Guest

I hate it.

Thiefo
Guest
I wonder why somebody could say this sounds “outdated” or “not Eurovision”, seems to be the generic negative notion in ANY song now, no matter what, there will always be someone who says x song sounds outdated or not fit for eurovision… but oh well, to each their own. After the mini rant… this is one of my favourites this year and I second some sentiments in some of these reviews; I was also rooting for Kostas in the NF, but after that I began listening to Rise Up more and it really grew on me, and now I think… Read more »
Nathan
Guest
The opening few seconds left me hanging and the suspense was not appreciated. I don’t think this will end up winning Eurovision 2014, but if I was in Copenhagen this year, I would be shaking my man-titties to this song. It does sound like a dance song that I have heard before, but you know what – it’s bearable – this song, and while I would rather Greece send Sakis Rouvas any day, this song will work for me. It’s very poppy, the lyrics (or lack thereof) isn’t very deep, and I can just see the disco-ball casting a spell… Read more »
SteliosN
Guest

One of the best songs this year… Top 8-10

BIONDA
Guest

I AGREE WITH BILLY FROM THE JURIES.I ADORE THIS BALKAN INTRO.IT’S MY FAVOURITE THIS YEAR.I THINK IT CAN BE TOP 3!

Digi
Guest

From me: 10/10 🙂

Med
Guest

Reading all of your remarks sometimes makes me smile, other times makes me think “the hell, in what kind of bubble they are living in?”. This time around, the second.

I like this song, a lot. And excuse me, but its sound is 2014-ish. Big bravo for the Greeks NOT choosing typical Greek soundesque song (which I like) but not this year…or the next one… 😉

Aleksi
Guest

For me this song is one of best in semi final 2