Last night, the Wiwi Jury — our in-house panel of musical unprofessionals — gathered in Sevilla, the capital of Andalusia, and one of the most beautiful cities in Spain. While dressing up for La Feria and enjoying our fresh rebujitos, we reviewed Javián’s entry for Objetivo Eurovisión, “No somos héroes”. Was Javián our hero or was he more of a villain?
Javián – “No somos héroes”
Javián was one of the contestants of the first edition of the talent show Operación Triunfo. He was evicted in the first weeks, but then gained fame as a part of popular group Fórmula Abierta. He has a rocker soul, but he can take anything, from Latin beats to the country vibe of his entry “No somos héroes” (We are not heroes).
Wiwi Jury reviews “No somos héroes”
Bernardo: Javián channels major barnyard realness. Bring the cows, bring the horses — because “No somos héroes” will get you dancing like an animal. This is probably, until today, the most fun song in national final season across Europe. The Spanish lyrics are the essence here and I’m loving it.
Deban: Javián exudes a relatable quality that spans all ages. This is an asset when trying to court a wide demographic of listeners. Furthermore, this track is so sing-a-long, yet undeniably Spanish in flavour. The fact it’s a tad familiar in presentation may be its downfall, but also its strength.
Jason: “No somos héroes” serves up some Spanish country music realness, and I must admit, I’m not mad at it. It wasn’t what I expected it to be, and it caught me off guard with its cheeriness. In a year which will (probably) see many dark and twisty Jamala-inspired entries, the light and joy of Javián and this catchy track can only work to Spain’s advantage.
Jordi: Knowing Javián from Operacion Triunfo, I wasn’t expecting this type of song. But I really loved it! It definitely has that Spanish essence which I think many fans want to hear from a Spanish entry. It’s fun, catchy and provides a varied mixture of sounds: from country music to Gaelic tones adding some Álvaro Soler vibes. However, I’m concerned about how he’s going to deliver. He’s all about rock, and this song is all about pop.
Jovana: “No somos héroes” has a radio-friendly, non-Eurovision sound — but that’s its biggest weakness. This is not a typical ESC track and therefore fans might not appreciate it enough. But it’s still a decent song and I can see it doing either really well or really badly in Kyiv. It reminds me of France 2016’s entry “J’ai cherché” and of Álvaro Soler’s hit “Sofia” – but both of those songs did well with audiences. I like “No somos héroes”. I’m not crazy about it, but I can imagine myself dancing to it and singing to it while driving. An extra half point goes for singing in Spanish.
Luis: There are so many positive things about this song that I’m still surprised this is placed in the pre-qualifying round. Actually, “No somos héroes” could perfectly represent Spain this year. It’s fun, catchy, fresh and instantly likeable. That said, I have some major reservations as of now. First, the song is a bit plain. It’s hidden behind the catchy chorus and the happy-clappy feel, but the climax of the song is a bit underwhelming. Also, I’ve said it in our videos, I’m not completely sold on Javián as a performer. I really want him to prove me wrong though.
Robyn: I love the contrast between edgy black-clad rock singer Javián and his upbeat, inspirational song. “No somos héroes” is ridiculously catchy and fun to listen to and it always puts a smile on my face. But most importantly: it sounds Spanish! This is Spain playing to their strengths and a song like this would not do poorly in Kyiv.
William: Javián makes me want to grab a tambourine and ride a bull — this is very Spanish hoe-down. And with that comes thrusting traditional sounds feel-good fiddle plucking and plenty of foot-tapping, high-energy realness. On the one hand the song sounds cliché and Lucia Perez 2011. On the other hand it’s authentic and inspirational. If we vote on positivity this wins the day. But if we want a song that could slay at Eurovision, I’m afraid it’s only my runner-up.
Our Wiwi Jury consists of 18 jurors from across the globe. However, we only have room for 10 reviews. Here are the scores of the rest of the jurors:
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 8.5.