Earlier this afternoon the Wiwi Jury — our in-house panel of music unprofessionals — travelled to Rome to indulge in some gelato and lasagne in the Mediterranean sun. After lunch we hopped on YouTube to review Italy’s Junior Eurovision 2015 act Chiara and Martina Scarpari and their track ‘Viva’. Did we end up screaming, “Long live life!” Or were we left racing to Leonardo da Vinci International Airport? Read on to find out…
ITALY’S JUNIOR EUROVISION 2015 song
‘VIVA’ REVIEWS – ITALY AT JESC 2015
Sopon: ABBA might have broken up years ago, but these two girls are channeling Agnetha and Anni-Frid. The song sounds much older than either Chiara or Martina, but they make the most of it. More importantly, their vocals are fine-tuned and easy to listen to, making this one of the strongest entries in the field.
William: The Sisters Scarpari flash back to the late 80s with this easy listening, distinctly Italian number. The drama comes 90 seconds in with some lovely chords and a whole lot of mystery. Written without any discernable harmonies, this will be all about power and fist-pumping on stage. Chiara and Martina know how to sing live and they certainly have chemistry: They’ve known each other since before they were born.
Robyn: Those harmonies! The Scarpari sisters are obviously very comfortable singing together. Their voices blend together so well and when the chorus comes along, they serve killer harmonies. The song is somewhat old fashioned, but in a very classic Italian way.
Angus: The Scarpari sisters can sing and the simple strumming of the guitar is super effective. They have among the most passionate delivery of any of the competitors and that goes for miles with the juries. The melody is a little soft but with strong vocals Italy could be looking at success for the second year in a row.
Zakaria: While I believe “Viva” will not give Italy its second victory in a row, I still think it can score pretty decently. The two sisters sing it beautifully and their voices match perfectly. The song, however, is nothing special and won’t stand out from the rest of the entries — it’s just very safe. But I’m sure the sisters will deliver a very good vocal performance and bring clever staging.
Diego: Open it up with a soft strum of the guitar and kick it with the chorus! That’s the strategy that so lovingly announces the arrival of “Viva”! This early 90’s up-tempo chorus is pure easy listening, and it’s certainly not something you come across every day in 2015. I just wish their voices were more prominent in the arrangement, as they seem to be buried by the melody. Voices are key, y’all. Even so, le gemelle will surely prove me wrong and slay on the big stage with powerful vocals and their happy tune. Buona fortuna, ragazze!
Deban: JESC 2015, but with a distinctly vintage flavour. The sisters who are are veterans when it comes to singing live are locked in melodic harmony. However, “viva” as an entry is fairly lacking and almost instantly forgettable.
Our jury consists of 21 people, but we only have room for 7 written reviews. Here are the remaining 14 scores.
William C: 7/10
The highest and lowest scores are dropped prior to calculating the average score. This is to remove outliers and reduce potential bias. We have removed a low of 5 and a high of 8.5.