Hello, United Kingdom! Today the Wiwi Jury — our in-house panel of music unprofessionals — visited the Tower of London to learn about the country’s rich history of beheading and imprisonment, while also admiring the crown jewels. Afterwards we gathered on the green to listen to “Never Give Up On You” by Welsh singer Lucie Jones. Have we given up on her and her chances at Eurovision? Read on to find out…
Lucie Jones – “Never Give Up on You”
About Lucie Jones
Twenty-six-year-old Lucie Jones made it to the live shows of The X Factor UK in 2009. She notoriously lost out to Jedward after the vote went to Deadlock. The Welsh singer quickly moved on, partnering her music career with several modelling gigs. But she’s not just a pretty face. Lucie has become a fixture of the West End, where she’s starred in both Legally Blonde and RENT.
“Never Give Up on You” reviews
William: The studio version was like a wet pancake — flat and without flavour. But during the UK’s national selection West End star Lucie turned up and turned out, putting so much emotion into the song that I thought her head might explode. The sensitive revamp has added digital texture and a contemporary sound, taking the studio version to another level. The new song is strong. And I have a feeling Lucie will take it even higher in Kyiv.
Sami: Many countries that have failed to do well in recent years are really upping their games in 2017. The United Kingdom is one of them. This year they don’t just have an amazing singer, but also a very current song with lots of potential. When Lucie is singing, you really believe every word she says. With the right staging and a good spot in the running order, this could easily crack the top ten.
Chris: The night of the national final I, alongside many other fans, decried this song on the tube ride home. But my feelings about “Never Give Up On You” have shifted significantly. It compares much better to many of the other ballads on offer, with Lucie’s vocal having the right amount of texture and emotion to make it stand out. The revamp, whilst subtle, built on areas where the song had been lacking without detracting from the song’s purity and flow. The juries should respect this, even if the public likely will not.
Antranig: It takes something special to stand out in the sea of ballads and unfortunately the UK does not have that je ne sais quoi. It’s deep and stirring but it’s nothing that Finland, for example, doesn’t do a million times better. This is obviously the UK’s best entry since Molly but it won’t be enough to get back to the left side of the scoreboard. In the ballad battle, the UK is somewhere in the middle — there’s a lot better but there’s also a lot worse.
Deban: Lucie Jones evokes power and deep emotion in the revamp of the UK’s entry. Her model looks behold a fragility which makes her delivery even more compelling. “Never Give Up On You” is a grower, but too lyrically heavy to have an impact on first listen. Its success relies on the producer’s running order and the atmosphere of a dead silent arena.
Luis: Back in January, when we first heard this song, it didn’t stand out at all. Lucie’s vocals were the only thing that shone there. However, after the most stellar revamp this year, the United Kingdom is skyrocketing to my top. “Never Give Up On You” may be another ballad, but there’s a lot of thought and so much gusto behind this. That’s how you play it simple. Hopefully this will translate to the stage in Kyiv.
Robyn: I’m hoping that the UK have got it right this year: a talented performer with stage and television experience, performing a strong, emotional song with edgy electronic production. All it needs is some thoughtful staging that treats the performance like a television show act and not an arena rock gig and the UK should end up on the left-hand side of the scoreboard. Oh please…
Steinunn: At first I wasn’t a huge fan of this song. With time it has grown on me. The song itself is a decent love ballad, even though it doesn’t really bring anything fresh to the — rather overflowing — table of this year’s ballads. Lucie is also a decent singer even though her performance in Eurovision: You Decide didn’t produce any goosebumps. With the right staging this could captivate the audience, if it doesn’t get lost in between the other ballads.
In our Wiwi Jury, we have 38 jurors but only room for eight reviews. The rest of our scores can be found below:
Before calculating the average score, the highest and lowest scores are dropped. This is to remove outliers and reduce potential bias. We have removed a low of 2 and a high of 9.5.
Wiwi Jury verdict: 6.58/10
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