Yesterday the Wiwi Jury — our in-house panel of musical unprofessionals — took a train to Budapest and visited the iconic St Stephen’s Basilica. After we’d explored the historic church, we wandered out into the square and reviewed Hungary’s Eurovision 2015 singer Boggie and her song “Wars for Nothing”. Did we agree with her message of peace? Or did it get us in a fighting mood? Read on to find out…
Hungary’s Eurovision 2015 song
Reviews: Boggie with “Wars for Nothing”
Bogdan: Take note, Russia. This is how you write a peace song. “Wars For Nothing” proves that less is more. Boggie is a sensitive and charismatic singer and she will unquestionably transmit her heart-felt message loud and clear to the Eurovision viewers. Also, and very importantly for this song, the backing vocalists do a fantastic job and they deserve as much credit as Boggie. Now, if only they can do something a bit more interesting with the staging…
Robyn: What a buzzkill. I appreciate the sentiment of the song, but it’s delivered in such a serious, heavy-handed and – worst of all – boring way. Ok, so that’s partly due to the genre of music, and it could have the potential to be very moving when all the singers join in. But if the A Dal performance is anything to go by, just when the song starts to get going, it ends. And it doesn’t even come close to showcasing Boggie’s talents. I would not be surprised if Hungary doesn’t qualify with this.
Padraig: Boggie owns it live! Her A Dal performances were filled with raw emotion, and despite the delicate exterior you could sense an innate resoluteness. Unfortunately it all falls away on record. Without the stage show and Boggie’s enchanting eyes, it all feels a bit limp and lacklustre. But then we must remember that the studio version of “Rise Like a Phoenix” was far from impressive, and look how that did! I’ll add this to my ever growing stable of dark horses.
Mike: I am a sucker for sentimental songs and Boggie nailed it. Her A Dal performance was amazing, with a woman watching her world struggle with itself. The more she sings, the more people start singing together with her. I know it’s silly for me to think a simple song is a guarantee for world peace, but after seeing what Conchita has done for the LGBT community, I feel like Boggie’s song could effect some change. I hope we will all be in Budapest in about 13 months.
Angus: The song might be “Wars For Nothing” but all I can think on Hungary is that A Dal was for nothing. Boggie’s song has a brave message and delivers it simply. Way too simply. There’s only 30 seconds where the song chimes cohesively and hits you with power and that is just too little to stand out from the competitive crowd in semi-final one.
Deban: It’s called a Song Contest for a reason! The one minute silence, although justified with chimes, angers me in equal measure. Unsuitable for radio, a big stage or the Euroclub, it begs the question – what is the purpose of this entry? There have been countless peace songs that have voiced their message at Eurovision without losing their commercial and radio appeal. Boggie pretends to be credible, but I’ve sussed her out. She’s myopic!
Kristin: Pardon me, but I am extremely bored here. No doubt that Boggie is a good performer and a good singer, but I just doze off every time I try to listen to this song. I know that the message is very important and I’m down for that, but it’s wrapped up in a dull melody that leaves nothing. A very forgettable ballad for my part, but I do wish Boggie all the best.
Boggie’s winner’s interview after A Dal final
Chris: I’m sorry, but this song is terminally dull. The only way this song is going to stop wars is if it puts everyone to sleep on the battlefield. It’s actually too earnest for its own good and the staging, as it stands, takes far too much focus away from Boggie. This is a shame particularly as Boggie (as a performer) is very engaging. I just keep finding myself wanting it to end. Absolute buzzkill.
William: I believe in peace and I believe in Boggie. Eurofans may write this off as forgettable and dull, but on the big night I am sure the purity and simplicity will stand out. It harks back to the great anti-war songs of the Vietnam War era and carries the power of a million machine guns and tanks. Staged with clever camera angles this will tug on heart strings.
Patrick: This is probably the one song which many people think will be forgotten, but which will actually soar in the final. Boggie is a treasure of the Hungarian music scene and the country can be proud. She is pure and sweet and those bright brown eyes are unbelievably strong — just like her voice. It’s like she doesn’t even have to try and the voice just oozes out – this is a real artist! The song itself is beautiful – simple but amazingly touching.
Boggie – “Wars For Nothing” live London Eurovision Party
Our jury consists of 29 people, but we only have room for 10 written reviews. Here are the remaining 19 scores.
William C: 1/10
To reduce potential bias, we drop the highest and lowest scores prior to calculating the average. We removed a low of 0.5 and a high of 10.