Yesterday the Wiwi Jury — our in-house panel of musical unprofessionals — travelled to the picturesque town of Bad Mitterndorf and enjoyed some time at a relaxing health spa. The next day, while taking in the valley scenery, we reviewed Austria’s Eurovision 2015 act The Makemakes and their song “I Am Yours”. Did the bearded gentlemen win us over? Or were we anything but theirs? Read on to find out…
Austria’s Eurovision 2015 song
Reviews: The Makemakes with “I Am Yours”
Padraig: As with so many acts this year, The Makemakes have been lumbered with a song that’s beneath them. “I Am Yours” is a safe bet for the home country. It’s credible and there’s no way in hell that it’s going to win. But we’ve heard this busker/singer/songwriter schtick so many times before. The song is beyond derivative. Which is a real shame, especially when you consider that this is the same group that gave us the fabulously funky “Million Euro Smile”.
Sami: This must be the cheesiest song I’ve ever heard in the history of Eurovision. It feels so unoriginal and has elements from so many songs, mostly from Coldplay’s “The Scientist” – but this is a million times worse than that. I also dislike his voice a lot and find it rather annoying. Being the host country, they might just miss the bottom five, where it really belongs.
Angus: The Makemakes sing, “I Am Yours”, but I’m not sure I want to be theirs. Someone should have told these boys that putting a beard on a song doesn’t always make it infinitely better. And, unfortunately for “I Am Yours”, no amount of facial hair is saving this.
Bogdan: I feel like I’ve heard this song before. Not only does it sound like “The Scientist”, but also like “Let It Be” and “The Greatest Love of All”. Not saying it’s plagiarized, just a tad lazy and common. Mind you, the masses might enjoy the familiar sound, but I am positively bored. And I am glad that the piano is burning at the end.
Mike: This song has annoyed me from the beginning. We all know the host country knows how to rock the stage every year but I can’t imagine myself enjoying this performance in Vienna. His voice is grating, the tempo is too slow and the whole song sounds like something exciting will happen in the next ten seconds, but in the end you realise you have spent the whole time waiting for nothing. Maybe we can push the whole band including the piano into Farid Mammadov’s soundproof box, but otherwise this will be my toilet break in the final.
The Makemakes “I Am Yours” live at London Eurovision Party
Chris: So, Austria clearly don’t want to win two years on the run, but I don’t think that “I Am Yours” is a complete throwaway host nation song. I really quite like The Makemakes and they’re a safe, solid band with a safe, solid song. The song as a whole isn’t memorable, but the chorus sticks with you and I can’t see Austria being embarrassed in the final with this.
Sinan: This year’s song from Austria is nice, but if we compare it to last year’s song, it’s not. Nothing grabbed me. A classic rock ballad (if I may say so). I expected much more from the host country of the Eurovision Song Contest 2015.
The Makemakes “I Am Yours” live at Eurovision In Concert
Deban: Heartfelt rock ballad sung with passion, power and angst. A different flavour to what Austria has offered the contest previously. This marks a welcome treat. However, there isn’t any obvious hook to latch onto. One must never underestimate the importance of memorability. Also, the impact of this is best felt in an intimate lounge, making it somewhat unworthy for such a big stage.
Robyn: I quite liked this song at the national final but since then I’ve cooled on the whole hatbeard aesthetic. It’s ok – a soulful love song, performed with great emotion – but it’s all rather safe. But then, after Austria’s big splash last year, perhaps it’s time for them to take it easy and send a nice, safe song in their host year.
William: There have been moments on the Eurovision campaign trail where I thought these guys were dead sexy. But more often than not I wanted to give them a good bath and a haircut. I blow just as hot and cold about their song. It’s atmospheric, but not suited for the atmosphere of Eurovision, and it creates a mood, albeit one that induces a minor coma. If this were a contest for lounge music they’d be my winners. But I want something more for Eurovision.
First impression: The Makemakes “I Am Yours” review
Our jury consists of 29 people, but we only have room for 10 written reviews. Here are the remaining 19 scores.
William C: 4/10
To reduce potential bias, we drop the highest and lowest scores prior to calculating the average. We removed a low of 0 and a high of 9.