This morning, the Wiwi Jury – our in-house panel of music unprofessionals – took a flight to Brasov, Romania and strolled around the beautiful Piata Sfatului in the centre of town. We then decided to get out of the heat and cycled in a convoy of tandems to Constanta at the coast. Once we’d settled down for some tanning time, we brought out the WiwiBloggs Boom Box and put Paula & Ovi’s song for Romania, ‘Miracle’ on. Did we love, love, love or hate, hate, hate? Read on to find out!
Angus: ‘Miracle’ is like divine intervention from above. Amidst the sea of ballads, ‘Miracle’ will provide respite and something to bring us all out of the comas we’ll have slipped into. The stage chemistry between Paula & Ovi is electric and the former’s high note through the middle 8 gives a truly angelic quality to the song. Fun and quality Eurodance ‘Miracle’ is a welcome return for P&O and should continue Romania’s streak of qualifications from the Semi-Finals with an ease some countries in the Contest undouetdly envy.
Billy: Paula Seling & Ovi are returning this year with a song not as amazing as “Playing With Fire”. It’s still good, though. I like those “Miracle” features, with Paula Seling appearing magically on stage, and their video clip was really nice (although at some times irrelevant to the entry itself). I’m sure their performance on stage will be awesome, and it is, undeniably, the best pop entry this year.
Bogdan: When I pondered about who could bring Eurovision to Bucharest last year, I didn’t dare to dream that Paula and Ovi would ever be back. “Playing With Fire” was easily the fans’ favourite Romanian entry – until “Miracle”. Yes, “Miracle” is (still) underrated by the bookmakers as I’m writing this review – but so it was ahead of Oslo 2010, when the duo took everyone by surprise with a pitch-perfect performance and finished just 8 points shy of second place. I think the strength of “Miracle” lies in its live show and I have no doubts that Paula and Ovi will steal the spotlight once again. They have stronger competition this year, but I also believe they have a stronger song. As far as I’m concerned, the odds are in their favour.
Anthony: Welcome back Paula and Ovi! “Playing with Fire” was a poptastic Eurovision classic in 2010. The “Miracle” Eurodance entry will no doubt spark the chemistry between them, as well as having Paula hitting that high note once again. As returning artists however, part of me fear they do run the risk of falling into the Eurovision version of “second season syndrome”. Ireland’s Jedward and Bulgaria’s Elitsa and Stoyan have experienced it as duos. I really hope it doesn’t happen to Paula and Ovi as they attempt to achieve their first Eurovision title. Romania, you’ve got yourselves another member of the #TeamMiracle fan club!
Deban: When ‘Miracle’ hits the bridge, it’s like Benny Benassi on acid. Fierce! The Romanian returnees have done it again. ‘Miracle’ is modern memorable dance anthem sizzled with a thumping techno beat. With the right staging, and production elements, this could create the party atmosphere that Germany failed to bring to Malmö.
Katie: YES! The King and Queen of Romanian Eurovision have returned with the danciest, happiest, coolest handful of piano pop since “Playing With Fire”! As soon as Ovi starts singing, I’m feeling it. When Paula sings the first note, a brilliant new dynamic is added to the tune and all of the elements collide to make a bloody good chorus. The chorus is an explosion of lights, high notes and pianos, it has me dancing within seconds and I’m instantly lost in a “Miracle” trance. They have some lungs too! Paula and Ovi work so well together, I couldn’t imagine them collaborating with anyone else. The part after the second chorus is my favourite, Ovi does his little piano riff while Paula belts out a great note, woohoo! Eurovison 2014 doesn’t get much better than this. Go #TeamMiracle!
Mike: When I heard the news Paula Seling & Ovi were coming back to Eurovision, I was so happy, I could really start crying of happiness. The performers of one of the sexiest and most amazing song last years at Eurovision were giving the contest another chance! And their new song was so good, even a folklore twist couldn’t ruin it, and that means a lot! Bucharest 2015!
Vebooboo: Perhaps the biggest “miracle” of all this year is to see at least one good duet. Now, don’t get me wrong, from an aesthetic point of view, Paula and Ovi go together about as well as Chanee and N’Evergreen did. Totes mismatch on stage, and with about as much chemistry between them as two 85 year-old grannies. But acoustically this is pure perfection. I mean, who wouldn’t love an 18 second (yes, 18 second!) shriek-a-thon?? The song is a bit generic, but the duo’s last entry wasn’t exactly a masterpiece either. If this doesn’t do well, I will be shocked.
Padraig: The curse of the returning Eurovision artist is fiction. Dima Bilan, Helena Paparizou, Zeljko Joksimovic and many more have made multiple appearances at Eurovision unscathed. Give a performer a good song and the original magic will reappear. Unfortunately for Paula and Ovi “Miracle” is not up to scratch. Peel away the male-female duet and you essentially have a Cascada tribute. And look how the real thing did last year. For 2 artists of this calibre I was expecting much more than some cheap euro-pop about an unspecified miracle. My only positive, and quite a large one at that, is Paula’s stunning vocals, in particular her Miraaaaaaaaaaaaacle towards the end. Wow!
All 19 jurors review each song, but we only have room to share 9 written reviews. Here are the remaining 10 scores.
James L: 9/10
Maxim Montana: 6/10
William C: 7.6/10
The highest and lowest scores are dropped before calculating the average. We have dropped a low of 4.5 and a high of 10.
Wiwi Jury verdict: 8.06/10
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