Today the Wiwi Jury — our in-house panel of music unprofessionals — travelled to Rome and ate our body weight in spaghetti bolognese outside The Colosseum. Before we slipped into a food coma, we reviewed Italy’s entry for Junior Eurovision 2016. Did Fiamma Boccia‘s “Cara Mamma” (Dear Mom) warm our cold hearts? Read on to find out…
Italy’s Junior Eurovision 2016 song
“Cara Mamma (Dear Mom)” reviews – Fiamma Boccia
Bernardo: Sweet, powerful, emotional and lyrically amazing — Fiamma’s “Cara Mamma” is my favourite entry of Junior Eurovision 2016. This has the smoothest transition from the native language to English of any entry. “Dear Mom, these are my words, they have no border, they have no prison.” Yaass! Fiamma’s voice is so compelling and suits the tender message of the song (and the well-constructed instrumental) perfectly. A strong contender for victory. Brava!
Jason: Italian is such a gorgeously lyrical language that Fiamma could be singing that she hates her mother and I wouldn’t bat an eyelid. “Carra Mamma” is in fact an ode to her dear mother, and it is beautiful. Simplicity is key here, and I am not complaining. Could this be another victory for Italy?
Renske: Fiamma’s song is one of the sweetest of the year and it’s even dedicated to her mom — adorbs! She sings every note so clearly with her beautiful, angelic voice. It’s so passionate that I nearly cried. Fiamma teaches us to spread love freely and without judgment, which is such an important message.
Robyn: This is like a junior version of the sort of song that Italy does well with at Eurovision — bold, dramatic and oh-so-Italian, tempered by Fiamma’s sweet voice and the heartwarming sentiment of the song. There’s just so much about it that works.
William: Fiamma means flame and this girl is ready to set Junior Eurovision on fire! With “Cara Mamma” Fiamma manages to exude power while also remaining sweet and tender. The Italian lyrics sound so smooth and fluent and Fiamma looks angelic and calm despite unleashing the force of a thousand airplanes with her voice. The first time I heard this I thought it could be the winner — and I still do.
Deban: Fiamma serves a beautiful ode to her mother. Despite the song sounding somewhat old-fashioned and plodding a predictable tempo, “Carra Mamma” still retains a universal appeal. Little Miss Boccia has the voice of an angel, and when she sings, I am touched by her message.
Josh: Miss Fiamma is tugging at my heartstrings, y’all. The concept of a big Italian ballad may be the most unoriginal idea ever at Eurovision, but Fiamma takes it to a whole new level with great power, maturity and great diction in her English verse at the end of the song. It’s emotional, sweet and inspired. Perhaps Italy and Malta are taking turns winning JESC?
Luis: As an Italian music lover, I’ve heard it all before. But “Cara Mamma” works so well. Yes, we’ve heard this message millions of times before, and we’ve seen amazing young singers like Fiamma in the past and even in this same edition. But the whole idea feels so appropriate. I’m not someone who’s easily moved by songs, but the Italian entry certainly touched me. This young lady blends passion and tenderness and the result is a delight for the ears. Brava Fiamma!
Matt: This ballad is lovely and elegant in its simplicity, and Fiamma imbues it with major power. She essentially sings a love letter to her mother — and one that should sign, seal and deliver a fantastic result. If she can come out of her shell a bit more and properly go for it, then she’s a dark horse in this competition.
Chris: Fiamma is a wonderful singer, which is all that you can really take away from this song. Unfortunately, to me at least, it is completely wrong for Junior Eurovision. Yes, play it at an Italian Mothers Day concert. It would be fitting in that context. Outside of that, however, I find it far too predictable and almost — to a point — tacky. I don’t get emotion from this. Fiamma deserves better…though clearly I am in the minority with my thinking!
Our jury for 2016 consists of 21 jurors, but we only have room for ten reviews. The remaining 11 scores are listed below.
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 4.5 and a high of 10.