Today the Wiwi Jury – our in-house panel of music unprofessionals – grabbed some extra strong coffees to counteract the crazy jet lag in Australia! After taking in the sights of the Sydney Opera House, posing for cute Instas with koalas and kangaroos and Kylie, we hit up Canberra to check out Guy Sebastian and his Eurovision 2015 song “Tonight Again”. He turned our world upside down – but was that a good thing? Read on to find out…
Australia’s Eurovision 2015 song
Reviews: Guy Sebastian with ‘Tonight Again’
Angus: G’day Guy Sebastian! ‘Tonight Again’ is jazzy, bouncy and swings. Super infectious and with more attitude than a boxing kangaroo this has easily earned Australia’s golden ticket to the Grand Final. Since this is a one-year and one-year-only gig, smart play to go out with a bang.
Bogdan: Well done, Wizard of Oz! Guy Sebastian’s song is simply infectious, richly layered and dance-tastic, and his voice is undeniably stellar. Europe should be spellbound by Australia’s entry and I wouldn’t be surprised if it won Eurovision, despite raising some eyebrows at first. And I hope that they either open or close the final with “Tonight Again”. Regardless of the producers’ choice for the running order, I agree with Guy when he sings, “This is one tough act to follow.”
Padraig: Last year, Denmark gave us a bargain basement Bruno Mars. Now Australia give us a slightly more high-end version, but a knock-off nonetheless. However, write this off at your peril. This retro, funky, jazzy sound is very now, and extremely populist – we’re only just escaping the six month long stranglehold of “Uptown Funk”. It’s an encouraging debut from the Aussies, and if they promise to keep up the standard (or even better, improve), I’d happily ask them back.
Francheska: “Tonight Again” is completely awesome. Guy is such a talented vocalist, and he clearly had access to a superb production team. Every time I listen, I hear another instrument in the background, and it continues to dazzle. It reminds me of a blend of “Uptown Funk” by Bruno Mars, “Love Me Again” by John Newman, and “Get Ready” by the Temptations, and that seriously is so amazing. I’m beyond happy that modern R ‘n B is getting the recognition it deserves at Eurovision — and with such an amazing song!
Josh: How cool that I get to review a song from my own country! Firstly, I know there are a lot of Australia haters this year, but this is happening whether you like it or not. If you don’t want us back next year, don’t vote Australia. Simples. Onto the song, ‘Tonight Again’ isn’t a horrible song. I quite like Guy Sebastian’s more recent back catalogue and this song is perfect for the style of music he does best. It’s catchy, and it’s fun. The song might be a little slow, which loses it’s danceability, but overall it’s a pretty good effort which I hope does translate into votes.
Deban: Australia ain’t playing, and Guy Sebastian’s selection is proof of that. An accomplished reality TV star with 7 platinum albums, 25 ARIA nominations, and 6 number one singles – it doesn’t get more heavyweight than this! “Tonight Again” has a nostalgic feeling. It’s jazzy shimmerings marry well with pop. With Sebastian’s punchy vocals driving this contemporary number, you know it’s going to SLAY in Vienna.
Denise: I was so hoping for a song like ”Like a Drum”, so when he announced it would probably be a ballad, I was a little upset. This song is something totally different with a jazz feel. It’s not one of my favourites, but it’s actually pretty good and Guy can definately sing. His little kids showing up in the video is really sweet and makes me like it even more.
Chris: Australia’s debut is a good, but not great effort. However, in a year where there’s so many contenders, I have a feeling that with the right “push” behind it, “Tonight Again” could still rise through the ranks and pick up the victory. It feels like a modern Guy Sebastian song. He performs it brilliantly live, but Australia will need to get the staging right and hide the repetitive nature of the song – which isn’t surprising, given how slapdash the production cycle was.
Robyn: It might have been done deliberately to stand out amid the ballads, but I’m so glad that Australia have entered a fun, upbeat and highly danceable song for their debut. Guy Sebastian is an experienced and confident performer and everything is there for this to be a great moment at the final. And I share Josh’s excitement – it’s so great to see an act from down under in the competition this year!
William: The first time I heard “Tonight Again” I was unmoved and wanted to get back to the Neighbours omnibus. I just don’t like this style of music. But then I heard Guy sing it live and oh my god it was amazing! Other artists rely on backing tracks and Auto-Tune, but Guy relies on Guy. He’s got the swagger, the soul and the voice to turn an OK song into a great one. I’m not convinced it deserves to win, but increasingly I think that it might.
Our first reaction (16 March)
Dreaming of Guy (23 February)
Our jury consists of 29 people, but we only have room for 10 written reviews. Here are the remaining 19 scores.
William C: 9/10
To reduce potential bias, we drop the highest and lowest scores prior to calculating the average. We removed a low of 4 and a high of 10.