Last night the Wiwi Jury–our in-house panel of musical unprofessionals–traveled to Estoril, a fashionable playground by the sea and the home of Europe’s largest casino. After our pockets had been emptied we sat down to review Suzy’s Eurovision 2014 song ‘Quero ser tua’ (I want to be yours). Did we want to be hers? Or did we rush back to the blackjack table? Read on to find out…
Wiwi: Whenever I think of Portugal at Eurovision, I think of melodramatic ballads, sad women and a lot of dark lighting. Enter Suzy, a ray of sunshine who blasts through all that bland with three minutes of flesh, pina colada and hips that don’t lie. From the moment she says wah-wah-way-wah-way, I want to throw my back into it. This song is danceable, energetic and happy. That’ll serve Suzy well in the first semi-final, where she performs after a series of ballads from Belgium, Moldova, and San Marino, and just before the Netherlands and Montenegro. Her act is about a lot more than hot nights on the dance floor. She tells the story of Portuguese explorers who, from the 15th century, took religion and culture abroad, but came back with the music and of Brazil (samba) and Africa (tribal drumming). Don’t hate on The Suzy. She may surprise you and make the final!
Deban: In a contest where artists are handpicked, and/ or repeatedly compete year in, year out with almost zero opposition, it seems unduly harsh that Suzy had to fence off hate mail and strong accusations of vote rigging. I followed the Portuguese national selection closely, and in my view, Suzy earned her spot. “Quero Ser Tua” is a declaration of a woman’s undying passion for her lover. It doubles up as a metaphor for completely surrendering to one’s dreams and passions. With a fierce samba beat, the track takes on a Brazilian influence, making Eurovision truly exportable. The vocal harmonies need work, but hey, perfection in itself is going against the Latin Spirit. I liked this entry on first listen, and now, I simply LOVE it!
Angus: Feel the Iberian passion y’all – it’s samba time! This song grows on me with every listen and the ‘woah-ohs’ are beyond an addiction once your past the second listen. Suzy is also beautiful and reflecting her consummate training as an air hostess she makes sure your every need is catered for – something fun to shake to, awkwardly samba-ing backing dancers and backing dancers with great big d-rums. É realmente fabuloso!
Billy: This is just funny. Nothing else. Portugal stole Ireland’s 2013 drummers, a weird guy from Brazil and Suzy sings an indifferent and boring song which is so worse that it would not be accepted as the soundtrack for a Brazilian soap opera.
Bogdan: I really don’t understand the drama in Portugal. The other song was alright but not very well performed, while “Quero Ser Tua” has much more Eurovision potential and Suzy does a great job on stage! It was love at first listen for me and I was relieved to see that Portugal is not sending another Fado song again (as much as I love those, the rest of Europe doesn’t seem to share my affinities). Granted, it sounds more Brazilian than Portuguese, but we’ll take it! It’ll warm our hearts – and feet – in Copenhagen and I do hope to see Portugal back in the Grand Final. Boa sorte!
Katie: Now, I understand that this song isn’t the best in the world and it isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, but I actually quite like this. It’s really fun! It’s a summery song that makes me feel like I’m on holiday and I’ve just turned on some obscure radio station. Suzy is certainly not the most talented singer, but she does okay considering the fact she’s dancing. Who cares about the musical dynamics of this song? Let’s just have a laugh and dance!
Padraig: When Spain’s Lucía Peréz “ouo uo uo ouo uo uo”-ed in 2011 I jammed my fingers in my ears and cried “no no no no no no”. It was an agonising 3 minutes, but after much counselling I managed to repress the memory deep within my subconscious – until now! For as I listened to Suzy the awfulness came rushing back, from the “uauaué uaué”s to the “oh oh oh oh”s it’s like Lucía the sequel. Who the heck asked for that? To be fair, Suzy’s efforts aren’t nearly as irritating as the her Iberian sister’s, nevertheless, I won’t be dancing to this come Mardi Gras.
Sami: Portugal has always been one of those countries which never makes my list of favourites. The tradition continues. I didn’t really watch the Portuguese selection but I’ve been playing “Mea culpa” a lot after it. It’s a great song, but I’m sure it wouldn’t have done better than this at Eurovision. Suzy seems to be a sweet girl, but she really sounded quite bad in the final. The song is very old-fashioned and it could’ve been the Portuguese entry back in 90’s. I think it won’t have any chance to reach the final, but I’m glad Portugal is back.
Vebooboo: Suzy sings about wanting to “be yours”. Well, she sure wowed us with her charisma, her sultry dance moves, and her hot bod in Amsterdam. Suzy’s voice, um, doesn’t wow me as much. BUT, I’m just so glad to see something a bit more exciting from Portugal after years of dreary, predictable acts and then absence. At Eurovision in Concert, the crowd got super into this. It’s catchy and reminds me of Lucia Perez from Spain in 2011. Um, too bad little Lucia ended up third from last…
Zach: After Filipa Sousa and her wonderful “Vida Minha” in Baku, I was very sad to see Portugal withdraw from the 2013 contest. But when they announced their comeback, I was very excited to see what they would bring to the table in Copenhagen, and I’m not disappointed. Suzy brings an entry that has an Iberian flare, reminiscent of “Que Me Quiten Lo Bailao” from Lucia Perez, one of my favorite Spanish entries ever. It stands in sharp contrast from Portugal’s normal ballad entries, opting instead for a listener friendly dance approach. Her vocals are decent, there are no acrobatics a la Ruth Lorenzo here, so she sounds fine for the song. Basically, it’s friendly, it makes you dance, and I wouldn’t be shocked to see it surprise everyone and qualify.
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: 4/10
Maxim Montana: 5/10
William C: 3.1/10
The highest and lowest scores are removed before calculating the final score. We have dropped a low of 1 and a high of 8.
The Wiwi Jury Verdict: 4.8/10
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