This afternoon the Wiwi Jury — our in-house panel of music unprofessionals — travelled to Belgrade to sample rostilj and pivo at Skadarlija. After a short trip to the Cathedral of Saint Sava, we were inspired to review Lena Stamenkovic‘s Junior Eurovision 2015 track ‘Lenina Pesma’ (Lena’s Song). Were we feeling the soulful vocals, or did we just think, “another Balkan ballad?” Read on to find out…
SERBIA’S JUNIOR EUROVISION 2015 SONG
‘LENINA PESMA’ REVIEWS – LENA STAMENKOVIC
Robyn: Lena is a talented performer. Her voice can go from sweet and delicate to strong and powerful, and she has amazing vibrato. The song is dramatic in a very grown-up ESC way, but Lena can handle it. She never sounds out of her depth and ought to be able to deliver a strong, confident performance.
William: Blow that dandelion and then step into my heart! Young Lena gives us FACE and attitude in this video, and that transfers to her song which is all about Balkan beauty. Texture, drama, direction — this is a secure and moving performance from Belgrade.
Mario: Just when you think Serbia won’t ever find someone as good as Bojana – bam! — the mini Bojana arrives! Serbia is in it to win it with this Balkan power ballad. “Lenina pesma” puts all our emotions on display – from sadness to hope – in less than 3 minutes. Whether deliberate or not, the lyrics relate to today’s migration crisis, and that is what makes this song even more special (and heart-breaking) to me as a speaker of Serbian. What a nice way to conclude Serbia’s year at Eurovision events!
Angus: Ooooohhhh this is ruul soulful. It is not big on heavy instrumental pulls and instead lets the vocals float above a soft backing. It is a brave play by Belgrade and it pays off.
Deban: Vocally, Lena is ON POINT! The composition has enough range to keep the audience engaged, and Lena’s confident take on this number gives it tones of brilliance.
Sinan: I love this song! Oh my goodness, Lena’s voice is everything! The song fits her so well, and I think she is going to perform it amazingly on the Junior Eurovision stage. This entry is my second favourite so far! Slay LENA!
Zakaria: This song is amazing and Lena does a stellar job singing it. This song reminds me a lot of Krisia’s “Planet of the Children” and I can definitely see it in the top 3 or even winning the contest.
Our jury consists of 21 people, but we only have room for 7 written reviews. Here are the remaining 14 scores.
William C: 9/10
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 10.