Yesterday the Wiwi Jury — our in-house panel of musical unprofessionals — went to Moldova and explored the vast underground tunnels housing the wine collection at Milestii Mici. We found a cool corner, popped open a bottle and reviewed Moldova’s Eurovision 2015 singer Eduard Romanyuta and his song “I Want Your Love”. Did we also want his love? Or did we need to open another bottle to get through the three minutes? Read on to find out…
Moldova’s Eurovision 2015 song
Reviews: Eduard Romanyuta with “I Want Your Love”
Robyn: A song like this would have been super cool and edgy in 2002, but now it just serves as a weird memento mori, a reminder that time is passing and that we’re all going to die eventually. There’s no excuse – Israel’s “Golden Boy” proves that it’s possible to be influenced by 2000s pop without sounding tired and dated. Moldova is one of my favourite countries in the ESC, but this year’s outsourced effort has lost that Moldovan spark that usually makes them so enjoyable. But at least it will be an attention-getting start to semi-final one.
Bogdan: Simply put, this song is bad. Which is a pity, because Eduard is a charismatic singer and his previous attempts to represent Ukraine (most notably “Berega” in 2011) were much better than “I Want Your Love”. Add this to a sub-par live performance in Chisinau (the kid can’t sing and dance) and an unfortunate draw in the semi-final and it won’t surprise anyone if Moldova will be out of the grand final once again. Unless they pull another amazing staging idea from their long, pointy hat – which wouldn’t surprise me.
Angus: If this had actually been entered for the contest in 2005 it might be a jam by now. As it is, we’re in 2015, and swaggy as the mid-’00s flute-playing, dancefloor sirens and 808 beats are, they also sound unbelievably dated. If Eduard were playing this for cheese you could buy into it, but he’s dropping it low with intensity. Unfortunately the overall effect is one of embarrassment for everyone involved.
Deban: After several failed attempts at home, the Ukrainian androgyne voyages to Moldova to score a victory. “I Want Your Love” is dated and the choreography that drives it is even more out of date! Romanyuta’s nasal interpretation speaks “amateur” in volumes. True, his toned arms mitigate his musical shortcomings, potentially placing him in the lead in our annual ENTMM poll. That’s his best bet for now, as I can’t see this advancing to Saturday’s show.
Luis: I can’t believe that this is the same country of Aliona Moon and Zdob si Zdub. Where did it all go wrong, Moldova? I have nothing positive to say about this song, and the good things I had to say about Eduard before are now eclipsed by the (lack of) quality of this composition. “I Want Your Love” is a prime example of of dated music, from the cliché lyrics to the early 2000s arrangement. I’m seriously tempted to ask my friends to come five minutes late on the night of the first semi-final so that they won’t run away after the first performance.
Josh: “I Want Your Love”? Eduard, I want you to shut up. This song is so atrociously outdated and awful. I can’t deal with the Zac Efron circa 2006 haircut. I can’t deal with the re-hashed film clip. This song makes me cringe, and not in a humorous way. The first line of the chorus is “No one can steal your thunder.” I can think of 39 other songs that will steal your thunder, Moldova. It’s like you’re aiming for last place in the semi-final again. Wake up, Moldova. Wake up.
Padraig: Here’s the thing – Eduard is a perfectly competent pop singer. Sadly “I Want Your Love” is not a competent pop song. It sounds dated, and the production values are low. Eduard certainly performs this with gusto live (as I saw in Riga), and there’s a chance that he could convert fans inside the arena. However, without the usual eccentricities we’ve come to expect from Moldova, I seriously struggle to see this winning over tv viewers.
Interview: Eduard Romanyuta in Riga
William: Pretty sure someone slipped rohypnol in my drink. I’ve woken up in the late 90s and there’s a sleazy man wearing leather in the room. That Eduard won in Moldova pains me. One of my favourite Eurovision nations now finds itself on the verge of not qualifying for a second year in a row. To his credit Eduard is a strong live performer. But the fact that he performs first, coupled with this trainwreck of a song, suggests that won’t be enough. Not even Beyoncé could save this.
Chris: Call me mad, but I don’t quite hate this one. In fact, I almost enjoy it. Okay, so it’s not exactly a “relevant” song for 2015, but that alone doesn’t ruin the song. Eduard’s stage presence is right up there too and I think that he’ll actually be a really good opener for the contest. The performance itself needs some work, but it’s a memorable enough song and the chorus has a hook that sticks with you.
Marek: The chorus is really catchy – but I can’t give this song any more praise. “I Want Your Love” is really annoying. There’s no message in the lyrics, it’s just an empty ultrapop song. It sounds a bit like the UK’s song to me, but in comparison, the BBC is sending a much more catchy act. I’m sad for Moldova this year. I wish they would send something like “O Mie” again. Sadly, I don’t see Moldova in the final this year.
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.