Yesterday the Wiwi Jury — our in-house panel of music unprofessionals — travelled to the United Kingdom and journeyed all the way to the Orkney Islands. At the neolithic settlement Skara Brae we discussed Joe & Jake‘s song “You’re Not Alone”. Did we feel the togetherness? Or did it leave us feeling isolated? Read on to find out!
Joe and Jake – “You’re Not Alone”
“You’re Not Alone” reviews
Sami: “You’re Not Alone” wasn’t my favourite before the national final, but the boys shot to the top of my list after their live performance. This is the United Kingdom’s best chance at doing well in forever. Joe and Jake are both very likeable, they have great voices and they seem to enjoy performing. The song is a nice anthemic pop track and although it starts to get repetitive towards the end, I still enjoy these three minutes.
Deban: The ‘United Kingdom’ label is loaded with high expectations when it comes to music. Sadly, this falls mightily short. Joe and Jake strum a good tune, albeit a forgettable one. Like two cute plumbers on the loose, they show up and get the job done. However, there is no disguising the fact that this is a pedestrian effort at best.
Bogdan: “You’re Not Alone” was my favourite song in the national selection and I was so happy when Joe and Jake won, defying the odds in the process. Despite the cheesy lyrics and somewhat awkward delivery of two apparently straight guys singing about not being alone, this song had the most easily identifiable British sound. It’s a step in the right direction for the UK. Next year, let’s try what’s left of One Direction perhaps?
Angus: So this is a galaxy away from Electro Velvet and for that Joe & Jake are to be applauded. “You’re Not Alone” sounds British, bounces in all the right places and positions itself with not entirely unsubtle nods to Coldplay. The studio is slathered in autotune and that weakness was exposed on stage. This needs more harmonies, which may come with backing dancers, but also needs more choreography. “You’re Not Alone” at least has the promise of putting the UK back in the top 20.
Diego: I’ve not had too much confidence in the UK lately. I was pleased with Molly Smitten-Downes a few years ago, but that’s it. This is a stereotypical good-vibes pop song — just like so many others I’ve heard during my life. I’m glad the UK is taking it seriously but it’s just not enough.
William: This is just so British! Despite the obvious nod to Coldplay, Joe and Jake are doing their own thing and delivering a mainstream, radio-friendly song. The production sounds expensive and their voices blend really well. I worry the song gets a tad repetitive, but hopefully they can add shape and variety during their live performance in Stockholm. It’s not going to win Eurovision and may struggle to reach the left-hand side of the scoreboard, but this is a credible song and an act that UK fans could rightly get behind as they wave their flashlights. Let’s hope the BBC don’t sabotage them with staging.
Kristin: And the awards for being the most adorable contestants go to… dadadamm.. Joe and Jake! And I honestly don’t get this everlasting hate towards UK! People were whining about the internal selection, so the BBC threw a national final. And then people started whining about “the lack of quality”. Take a chill pill! “You’re not alone” is a sweet song, performed by even sweeter guys. And a well deserved winner of You Decide. J&J practically ooze charm and are beyond likeable. I’m rooting for this and for the UK. Bam!
Judit: Joe and Jake, my sweethearts — they are too cute, and I’d give them points just because of this. The song is what I’d expect from them. Because of Adele and One Direction, we always hope that the UK will send a big name, but it’s not gonna happen. Take a breath and enjoy this song. At least they’re not sending a singer they had to dig up from the ground.
Padraig: After last year’s fiasco, it’s as if the BBC have done everything in their power to avoid any further embarrassment. “You’re Not Alone” marks the UK’s safest entry for years, and that’s not necessarily a good thing. Because, while the track is perfectly acceptable and actually reflects what’s in the charts, it’s just marginally better than mediocre. Completely lacking in imagination, the song plods along merrily without any detours. Fans of distinctly British pop might vote for it… if only Sweden weren’t showcasing the genre better.
Robyn: I like Joe and Jake and I like the direction the BBC have taken with the national selection, but I’m a lot less enthusiastic about the song. “You’re Not Alone” comes across as a by-the-numbers Eurovision song, calculated to hit emotional cues and fill three minutes. It’s a million times better than “Still in Love with You”, but it still feels like the UK is keeping their really good tunes well away from Eurovision. My biggest fear is that Team UK will stage the song like a basic rock concert, ignoring all the potential for televisual magic.
Tobias: As with France, I’m glad that UK have stepped up and finally started to take this contest more seriously. Sadly I like the studio version better than the live performance. Joe and Jake are two good looking guys but I’m not very impressed by their voices and the stage performance.
Zakaria: Clearly, this is a huge improvement from last year’s disaster, but it’s still very far from UK standards. Their voices are not strong and get easily drowned in the background music. Plus they seem disconnected from the public and the viewers. There’s one word to describe this: insipid.
In the Wiwi Jury we have 40 jurors but only have room for 12 reviews. The remaining 28 scores are below.
William C: 5.5/10
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 3 and a high of 10.