The Wiwi Jury—our in-house panel of musical unprofessionals—spent the afternoon exploring Soviet-era weaponry at Moldova’s National Archaeology and History Museum. After snapping pics by the tanks we gathered in the grass to review Cristina Scarlat’s Eurovision 2014 song “Wild Soul”. Did this Madame from Moldova leave us begging for more? Or did we end up running to Transnistria to get away from her? Read on to find out….
Bogdan: I first noticed Cristina Scarlat in Moldova’s national selection last year, when she won me over with “I Pray”. However, it is “Wild Soul” that got her to represent her country at Eurovision, and it’s a similar attempt – very dramatic, with deep vocals and existential lyrics. The song may not grab your attention immediately, but you’ll find on repeated listens that the chorus is catchy despite the heavy subject matter. The staging in Chisinau was puzzling to say the least and it’s a given that Moldovans will surprise everyone on the Eurovision stage, so I am hoping for something equally memorable as Aliona’s giant dress. Cristina needs it, as she’ll be performing in the more difficult semi and competing with other powerful ballads. Succes!
Padraig: Last year Aliona Moon was all kinds of sweetness and nice. She wouldn’t say “boo”, and if you said it to her she’d probably have fallen out of her mile high dress. Not so with Cristina the Merciless. Get on her wrong side and she’ll have you executed… ok, obviously nothing that extreme, probably just a stern scolding, but still she’s fierce. And if you didn’t realise her ferocity beforehand, you certainly will once the 3 minutes are up. Every beat and every lyric exudes anger and fury, yet despite the powerhouse vocals and thumping dubstep, the song lacks a certain oomph. Rather than being left quaking in the corner, I just feel cold. And that’s the last thing I want to be come mid-May.
Vebooboo: I don’t work in advertising, but I’m pretty sure that I can get a Better Business Bureau out there to sue Cristina for false advertising. Don’t call your song “Wild Soul” if it’s about as boring as bingo night at an old folk’s home. At least one thing is true, Cristina. You certainly do “have no feelings of mercy”, because you decided to inflict this travesty of a song on us. Once again proof that a good voice does not a quality act make, folks. Needs. To. Go.
Angus: God help the man who pissed off Cristina so royally. “Mercy? I have no feelings of MERCY,” she warns over the thumping dubstep beat and genuinely, if I were him, I’d fear for my life. Not only has she gone off the murderous-revenge end of the specrum but she’s also, if her national selection is anything to go by, undergone an operation to install a robotic arm so she can crush his neck with her bare hands. Terrifyingly terrific. I also defy anyone to not be going “MERCYYYYYY,” for hours after listening to ‘Wild Soul’.
Billy: That’s a lovely video-clip! And that’s all. I can’t describe the music as original. It’s dynamic and dark, but these factors will not save this song from failure. While the live performance was hilarious—what were those Japanese samuri on stilts doing?!—this song is just not that interesting…
Katie: Before I even start talking about the song, Cristina wins the award for best outfit and best music video. Good start! The song is brilliant too. Cristina has the ability to be totally crazy yet classy at the same time, something not a lot of people can do. Her voice is at it’s best during the chorus when the instrumental is blowing up. It’s a Cezar-style chorus that silences a Eurovision party full of drunk people. I hope her costume glows at this point. This song deserves to make the final. I can’t wait to see her perform live!
Wiwi: Cristina says that destiny left her empty. Well, subsequently she has filled herself with anger and one hell of a voice. From her glossy video to her over-the-top stage show in Moldova, Cristina is a woman who embraces her crazy. The song isn’t my cup of tea. But when this diva sings the power of her voice makes me quiver. I don’t care what she sings. I’ve got Scarlat Fever, y’all!
Deban: The Moldovans have really turned up the volume with possibly the most spectacular video release of the year. I was drawn in, but at the same time firmly holding onto my Holy Book. Cristina Scarlat’s dark performance is compelling. Her voice holds a suitably haunting quality, particularly with the lower register. A slightly unusual fare for Eurovision, but this glamour diva takes her performance seriously. She’s also assisted by her niece, Lydia Scarlat, who happens to be the songwriter on this project. ‘Wild Soul’ is a grower, and vocally it’s very demanding. At times, it appears that Cristina’s voice doesn’t have the higher vocal octaves that’s needed to elevate a key change.
Mike: I am a really big fan of Moldovan Eurovision songs! Because if there is one country that goes crazy every year in May, it is Moldova! But this year Moldova is a bit meh. I don’t hate it, but I don’t love it either. While I again adore the staging, clothing and dancing, I think the song is a little weak…
Ramadan: Now, this is one scary song for me. You can’t get get cheesier. She has a nice voice, but the song is just too bland. I think this will fare as well as Cezar did last year. She sings with lots of passion, and her voice is very strong. Staging will make or break her chances for the final.
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: 8/10
William C: 9/10
The highest and lowest scores are removed before calculating the final score. We have dropped a low of 0 and a high of 9.
The Wiwi Jury Verdict: 6.35/10
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