Today the Wiwi Jury – our in-house panel of music unprofessionals — travelled to Sydney (first class and on Qantas, obvs). After we sampled some grilled kangaroo marinated in Vegemite, we decided to review “We Are” from Alexa Curtis — Australia’s Junior Eurovision 2016 act. Did this diva from Down Under turn our world upside down? Read on to find out…
Australia’s Junior Eurovision 2016 song
“We Are” reviews – Alexa Curtis
Andy: Alexa Curtis sets sail in “We Are”. It is a modern, radio-friendly tune that plays to our pop sensibilities. It has flashes of Enya, but eventually takes us on a trip through the end credits of Princess Diaries. It is sweet bubblegum pop and man is it tasty.
Jason: With its anthemic, Disney movie sound, “We Are” has the potential to be amazing. Alexa is a confident and engaging performer, and her voice fits this radio-friendly entry nicely. The chorus lacks the intensity of the verses, but I have every faith that the overall live performance will be first-rate.
William: We were given these arms to fight and Alexa was given that voice to sing. And boy does she! Pitch perfect, powerful, controlled — her vocals are atomic and she deploys them with the precision of a fighter pilot. Produced to perfection, “We Are” wouldn’t sound out of place in the adult Top 40 and could get air time on radio stations from London to Los Angeles to Luanda. But can this win a children’s music contest? It’s unclear and it doesn’t matter. Australia’s girl slays and this sets her up nicely for her imminent transition from national darling to international star.
Antranig: My home country has chosen Alexa — and she nails “We Are” in every way. It already stands out to me as one of the strongest entries in the competition. If I have one criticism, it’s that the chorus is somewhat lacklustre compared to the very powerful verses. However, I am confident that Alexa will bring this to life on the night and I think “We Are” might look and sound a lot better when performed live. Go Alexa! Make us proud!
Bernardo: The public expects great things from Australia and some fans will always throw shade when a song does not meet their impossible-to-reach standard. But let me tell you something: “We Are” is a global song with exceptional production value. It’s age appropriate and fits well with the competition’s theme of #embrace. And I haven’t even started talking about Alexa – an out-of-this-world singer with an astonishing vocal range. Make no mistake. This is a contender. Bravo!
Josh: “We Are” is another solid Junior Eurovision entry from my homeland. After “My Girls” in 2015, I think it’s smart for the Australian delegation to select another child from The Voice Kids. One thing is certain: Alexa’s live vocal is amazing, and I’d love for her to go off and do some vocal runs in the song like Dami Im did with “Sound of Silence”. Overall another great entry from Australia.
Robyn: “We Are” sounds like a theme song for a sci-fi teen adventure film, an anthem for a group of heroes rising up against an oppressive society. The chorus has a really big, satisfying sound and when performed live, it could deliver goosebumps. Alexa is an experienced performer and brings a lot of precision to her performances. She’s going to be good.
Antony: Alexa should be commended for her strong voice and for being a seasoned performer, both of which are evident in the music video. However, the song itself a bit boring. What I do like are the various beats within the song, which allow her to show off just how cool and hip she is. Regardless of the song, Alexa is a real star.
Deban: Alexa Curtis is a heavyweight in this competition. Her vocal abilities surpass many established artists. “We Are”, on the other hand, is a little cheesy and predictable (though, in a kids competition, that isn’t neccessarily a bad thing). In any case, Alexa still packs a punch. You cannot fault her performance as a singer and dancer.
Chris: Whereas Australia have been pretty good at being on point at adult Eurovision, it seems they’ve yet to hit that high in JESC. In this case they definitely have the right performer. Alexa is top-notch. But “We Are” is too cheesy and, dare I say it, fairly dated. It’s a missed opportunity because Alexa clearly deserves better than what she has been given.
Our jury for 2016 consists of twenty-one jurors, but we only have room for ten reviews. The remaining eleven scores are listed below.
The highest and lowest scores are removed prior to calculating the average score. This is to remove outliers and reduce potential bias. We have removed a low of 4 and a high of 10.