Yesterday the Wiwi Jury — our in-house panel of music unprofessionals — travelled to Romania where we explored the picturesque castles of Transylvania. Looking out on the peaceful countryside, we discussed Ovidiu Anton‘s song “Moment of Silence”. Was his silence golden? Read on to find out!
Ovidiu Anton – “Moment of Silence”
“Moment of Silence” reviews
Kristin: Don’t you just love that tingling feeling of satisfaction, when a real epic metal ballad (a guy with a friggin sword? Hello!) finds its way to the big stage in Eurovision? I know I do. I was heartbroken when Avantasia did not win in Germany (seriously, I was shattered!). But then Romania restored my faith and is quenching my thirst for this music genre in ESC. Thank you Ovidiu, and thank you Romania. At least y’all have my vote.
Angus: From a nation with such a strong back catalogue at Eurovision, “Moment of Silence” is a real let down. Ovidiu’s rocker voice works, but the vampire styling and quasi-sea shanty composition don’t. The man with the sword is one inadvertently hilarious bridge too far into the realms of camp musical theatre rather than serious rock song.
Bernardo: The only positive thing I can really take from this entry is Ovidiu’s voice and stage presence — the song is just too dated. For sure, it is a dark and powerful proposal but that’s all about it. The sword dancer is just ridiculous. Why do I have a feeling the juries will reward Ovidiu’s voice and we will have an upset at Eurovision?
Deban: Controversial for knocking out the heavyweights on homesoil, I seriously doubt that the magic can be repeated in Stockholm. “Moment of Silence” isn’t claiming to be a fringe theatre number. It is fighting for victory at the world’s biggest music stage. I’d be alarmed if this advanced to the finals.
Bogdan: Although I was never a fan of the musical genre that Ovidiu Anton adopted, he undoubtedly excels at it. The fact that he personally wrote the song and lyrics of Romania’s winning entry is a testament to his talent. Nevertheless, in the sea of pop-rock entries this year, “Moment of Silence” is unlikely to stand out the way it did at Selectia Nationala, and its powerful message will likely be forgotten, just like the tragedy that inspired it.
Forrest: Somewhere in the vicinity of the intersection between rock and musical theatre you will find “Moment of Silence.” It’s a difficult sound to place neatly into a genre, but an interesting one nonetheless. Ovidiu’s vocals are rich and strong, which is necessary so that he isn’t lost in the behemoth of a musical production that is the backing track to “Moment of Silence.” This song is not one of my favorites, but Romania is sticking with a tradition of sending original and slightly unusual entries, for which I applaud them.
George: This is a really bad version of Avantasia. I mean, he tries to deliver some epicness, but there is a severe lack of power in this song. For me it’s just bad, and I have to say I’m sad Romania won’t qualify this year. Seriously, even M I H A I would have been a better choice.
Marek: This is the most original song in the whole contest this year and I’m kinda proud of it. The melody is really impressive — you can feel the power of this song with every line. It’s fragile and powerful at once. Ovidiu’s voice sounds great live, so I’m sure he will do well. The lyrics beautifully connect with the melody and rhythm, although they are not that original. But every time I listen to this song it makes me feel like I’m in church. That’s really weird but it’s true (though perhaps not what he wanted to show during the national selection). Haters need to take the moment of silence because they won’t find anything hateworthy here.
Josh: I’d like to propose a moment of silence for the end of Romania’s qualification streak. This entry would’ve done great at Eurovision in 2007! We’re in 2016 now — the people want originality, the people want modernity. “Moment of Silence” lacks across the board.
Padraig: Talk about 2000-and-late. Or should I say 1980-late? “Moment of Silence” is so dated it’s painful. Of course, retro can work. To do so there needs to be some modern flourishes and a few knowing winks. Sadly, the whole production lacks any self-awareness. Ovidiu attacks the performance with such gusto that you’d almost forget the lyrics make little sense. It’s undermined further by the Meatloaf meets Lord of the Rings stage show. The entry has the potential to become a worthy novelty act. But in its current po-faced form, “Moment of Silence” looks set to bag Romania its worst result of the semi-final era.
Robyn: “Moment of Silence” is a big rock ballad, packed full of drama. Ovidiu has what it takes to deliver the necessary mighty rock vocals, and even the guitar solo has a place. It’s a bit old-fashioned, but in a really comforting way that throws back to the ’80s. Completely over the top, but I like it.
William: Romania always goes its own way at Eurovision. I am loving the use of 19th century warrior costumes, the overuse of smoke, and the gym-honed samurai twirling a sword. Ovidiu’s voice is on point and I love that he’s singing about the fight against corruption and, in his own way, remembering those who died in the tragic Bucharest fire. The song, unfortunately, isn’t as stirring as the message. It’s very musical theatre with a rock star taking on an operatic role. Most Europeans won’t get the meaning and they’ll just go tee-hee at the styling.
In the Wiwi Jury we have 40 jurors but only have room for 12 reviews. The remaining 28 scores are below.
William C: 4.5/10
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 1 and a high of 9.5.