Guten Tag Deutschland! Earlier today the Wiwi Jury — our in-house panel of music unprofessionals — caught a flight to Berlin, where we took in panoramic views from the Fernsehturm before gorging on wurst. After the sausage party we settled our stomachs by discussing Germany’s Eurovsion 2017 song “Perfect Life” from Levina. Did we think the song was perfect for her? Read on to find out!
Levina – “Perfect Life”
Isabella Levina Lueen, 25, is a German-born singer-songwriter who currently lives in London where she studies music management. The German broadcaster NDR handpicked her as one of the five finalists for Unser Song 2017 — Germany’s national selection for Eurovision, which saw a series of singers perform a series of songs, with the public selecting the winning combination.
“Perfect Life” reviews
William: “Sometimes it’s wrong before it’s right — that’s what you call a perfect life.” And that’s what I call this number, which I absolutely detested the night of the German final. But Levina — reborn as a platinum blonde with a ferocious mascara game — has grown into the song, which has undergone some subtle tweaks that distance it from “Titanium”. With her smoky voice and steely eye contact, Levina really sells it. I had feared this would finish last. But with the right staging Levina could achieve a result more worthy of her talent.
Chris: Undoubtedly talented, Levina is the shining star being blighted by this song. There’s nothing “perfect” about “Perfect Life”, which marginally was the best of a truly bad bunch of entries for Germany. It’s a song designed to be skipped after two minutes on Spotify. There’s nothing creative about it and there’s no “journey” to take you along for its duration. Will Germany give Levina any further chances with the staging? It seems doubtful — but she does deserve that chance.
Deban: “Perfect Life” is the perfect 2017 radio entry. The sample used here is obviously “Titanium”, but unlike the former, this offering seems a lot more restrained. Levina is an emerging pop artist, but “Perfect Life” makes her too cookie-cutter to stand out.
Jovana: Every year at Eurovision there is at least one song that faces accusations of plagiarism. This year it’s “Perfect Life”. It does indeed sound like a lot of songs you can hear on the radio – most notably “Titanium” – but let’s be honest, it’s nowhere near as good. Objectively speaking, “Perfect Life” is a fine song, but Germany needs something more than fine if it wants to break its infamous streak of last place finishes.
Edd: The song is structurally and melodically very strong, but the production has less personality than transparent wallpaper. Furthermore, Levina looks uncomfortable and her vocals sound strained — and she naturally lacks charisma with a song written by some Americans who don’t even know her. “Perfect Life” is the perfect victim of a stupid national final system. If Felicia Lu had been given the opportunity to sing her version of the song, Germany could’ve been looking at top ten.
Rezo: They say that it’s copy of David Guetta and Sia’s hit ”Titanium”, but please stop the comparisons and think about the meaning of the song and its well-crafted lyrics. Yes, the first eight seconds are similar to that other tune, but the rest of the song is totally different and upbeat. I’m in love with her energy and humanity, which spill out from the song. Hopefully ARD will take staging very seriously, because I have a feeling that this will be appreciated in the grand final, as it will stand out stylistically. Best of luck, Levina!
Jason: “Perfect Life” is a perfectly fine song and Levina does her best with what she’s been given. But let’s not beat about the bush: this is nothing special. The dull track goes nowhere and leaves the listener indifferent. Germany needs to do a lot better if it was wants to avoid the bottom spot, because right now, things are not looking hopeful.
Robyn: The best thing I can say about this song is it’s adequate. Levina is a great singer, but it’s just a pity she’ll be making her big debut with such a dull song. If Germany wants to avoid being bottom of the table again, sending a bland, forgettable song is not the way to do that. It’s 2017. It’s Germany. They should know far better than sending such a generic song as their Eurovision entry.
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 2.5 and a high of 8.
Wiwi Jury verdict: 4.99/10
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