This morning the Wiwi Jury — our in house panel of music unprofessionals — threw caution to the wind and abandoned our original travel plans. We’d planned a trip to Asturias inspired by last year’s Spanish contestants ESDM but then remembered how dull they were and swopped Asturias for beautiful Barcelona. After seeing the still unfinished Sagrada Familia cathedral and chowing down on some tapas by the coast, we clustered around a a radio in the Spanish sun and listened to Ruth Lorenzo’s song ‘Dancing in the Rain’. Did she rain on our parade or provide a welcome respite from the burning sun? Read on to find out…
Angus: After listening to this song who would even consider taking an umbrella out into a downpour? This right here is the hottest thing at this year’s Contest. It gets literally everything bang on. Amazing vocal, huge potential for choreography, perfectly blended bilingual sections and an amazing composition that builds beautifully to a glorious middle 8 and keeps the fire burning until the song closes out. A triumph!
Bogdan: Ruth Lorenzo wants to win, y’all. She listened to the critics, tweaked her song and toned down her live performance quite a few times, but as far as I’m concerned, she needn’t have to. I fell in love with “Dancing In The Rain” at first listen and I fell in awe with Ruth at the Spanish national final. Eurovision 2014 has found its ultimate diva, people. Not only is Ruth Lorenzo an actual opera singer, but she also has the right attitude. The song is also magnificent and grows beautifully, allowing the songstress to show her staggering potential. Spain made me forget last year’s utter disaster and Ruth will get my vote this year. Brava!
Billy: OMG Ruth has an amazing voice! She can easily go opera! The song is really nice, and the switch between Spanish and English is stuning. Loved that modern-dance choreography, and I hope that the Spain brings on stage both the dancers and a piano. This is what we call an improvement, Spain! It’s even better than Pastora Soler’s entry. This one and Hungary are to me the winners of the ESC14.
Deban: Dancing In The Rain is a beautifully crafted ballad that embraces the genres, and elements pop, opera and musical theatre. Ruth Lorenzo articulates her Iberian passion in this bi-lingual number with serious conviction. If there’s a track that could propel Lorenzo’s career into super-stardom, then, this is it. She remains focused despite the multiple key changes, and increasingly complex dance routine. Although her delivery reminds me of Sarah Brightman, it’s equally important to add that, ‘Dancing In The Rain’ breathes originality with every beat. The song testifies to Lorenzo’s vocal power, as she engages the audience throughout. This engagement was what secured her victory in the hotly contested Spanish pre-selection. Hopefully, it will catapult her country to the Top 5 position in Copenhagen.
Katie: Am I the only one that finds this song a little overrated? It’s a good song with a well known and talented singer, but I really don’t get the hype. It’s timeless piano pop, and the mix of English and Spanish gets better after a few listens. There’s really some power behind it by the second verse too and Ruth will leave us all blown away by her voice when she performs live in Copenhagen. But again, I wonder, will it really be that memorable? There’s a lot of singers with powerful voices this year and I wonder whether this will be original enough to stand out from the crowd.
Mike: I was neither #TeamRuth or #TeamBrequette, I was only a bit #TeamJorge for the sexyness! But the song Ruth Lorenzo is singing, sounds so passionate and powerful at the same time. It’s again the Spain I love to hear, the Spain from the 1970’s en 1980’s and 2 years ago with the beautiful song from Pastora Soler. This is for me (together with Italy) one of the BIG5 songs that has to shine in the final! I hope for a pure and small staging and Ruth can dance in a rain of douze points!
Vebooboo: I just bought an umbrella to shield myself from all the shit you are about to throw at me, because I simply do not like this song. If it does better than Austria’s entry, I feel like a part of my soul will die in that Copenhagen arena. Ruth has a great personality, but she does not have a great song. I just find it so cliche and lacking of the drama that compatriot Pastora Soler brought to the stage in 2012. Living in Amsterdam, I’m happy to bike in the rain, but you won’t see me dancing any time soon. Sorry, boo.
Padraig: For too long ballads at Eurovision have been getting a bad rep. They’re either too gimmicky – Gravity, cheesy – Waterfall or just plain dull – Rak Bishvilo. Luckily, Ruth sidesteps all these potential pitfalls to give us an almost flawless performance. Simplicity is the key, as her crystal clear vocals are complemented rather than overpowered by the instrumental backing. There should be nothing preventing Ruth topping Pastora Soler’s much lauded 2012 entry, while at the same time giving Simon Cowell and The X Factor crew a much needed kick in the teeth.
Sami: I love Ruth, her voice is great and she seems to be a lovely girl (with attitude!), but I can’t say the same of the song. The song makes me little sleepy – there isn’t much happening in it and the chorus is quite boring. I also think that the first version was much better, now there’s way too much English. I’m sure it will do extremely well in the contest, but for me the song is, unfortunately, in the bottom 10. The video is the best of the year, though.
All 19 jurors review all 37 songs, but we only had space to share 9 written reviews. Here are the remaining 10 scores.
James L: 5/10
Maxim Montana: 3/10
William C: 6.7/10
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: 7.86/10
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