Ahoj Cesko! The Wiwi Jury — our in-house panel of music unprofessionals — has arrived in Prague. After wandering around Stare Mesto, the old town, we gathered to discuss the Czech Republic’s act for Eurovision 2017 — Marta Bárta with “My Turn”. Will we want to wait for her turn to come, or would we rather jump the queue? Read on to find out!
Martina Bárta – “My Turn”
About Martina Bárta
Martina is a jazz musician based in Berlin. A vocalist who plays the French horn, she’s part of a jazz band called 4 to the Bar — which makes sense given how intoxicating her voice is. She is currently participating in Sinatrology — a swing gala night that lets her show off her smooth jazz stylings. Relatively unknown in Czech Republic, she was internally selected for Eurovision by Czech broadcaster CT anyway and has been serving sunshine, optimism and positivity ever since.
“My Turn” reviews
Antony: It’s evident from “My Turn” that Martina is a seasoned singer with a wholesome and beautiful voice. However, singing a gentle jazz song runs the risk of being overlooked in a dance-pop and pop-ballad-infused contest. It’s a pity because the Czech Republic had found their momentum in the contest by qualifying for the first time for the grand final last year.
Chris: Quirky piano jazz can sometimes work, perhaps not at Eurovision though. Martina Barta comes to the fold with an entry that must be respected for being true to her style. Not only that, it’s reasonable to expect that this will be one of the most competent live performances. At its heart, though, the song is lacking. There’s little hook and the lyrics generally feel uninspired. Any song that opens with the word “very” three times isn’t reaching for much.
Deban: Despite the fleshy awakening in Martina’s music video, she still manages to put me in a deep slumber. This entry is positively depressing! I can appreciate the merits of Miss Barta’s jazzy vocals, but 170 million viewers won’t be missing out on much if this entry slipped by.
Jordi: Where’s there’s a piano, there’s a good song. But I’m afraid to say that “My Turn” isn’t an excellent one. Martina’s soul and jazz drives me into a relaxing and calmly state. Her song flows smoothly and it’s not screamy, being so sweet and slow. But maybe it’s too slow to stand out in Eurovision. There’s strong ballad competition in this year’s edition, but “My Turn” isn’t really turning it out.
Mikhail: Somehow “My Turn” is able to stand out among the sea of ballads and proves to be among the better ones. It has a point of difference and manages to maintain my interest throughout. Its melody is so calming, like the ocean, and it doesn’t need any energy boost, because that’s not what it represents. The end of the song always arouses a small smile from me, because it’s just so pure. I am happy that it’s in the contest.
Rezo: From the very, very first time I listened to this song, I realised that this was an anthem between two people — and one full of power. It’s such a beautiful, deep and high quality product. Yes, it’s your turn now, dear Martina. Hear your calling in May!
Robyn: The Czech broadcaster has done with Martina what they did with Gabriela last year — they’ve selected a skilled, experienced singer and given her a bland song that doesn’t play to her strengths. “My Turn” is a nice song. It’s very pleasant, very sweet. It’s just not very memorable.
William: Yes, it is another ballad. However, ballads don’t come in black and white, but instead in shades of grey and this definitely has its own hue and sense of light. The song flows smoothly and tenderly — it’s not shouty, nor does it rely on sheer vocal power to make an impact. It opens up slowly and sweetly, and draws strength from Martina’s soulful jazz delivery. Unfortunately, it doesn’t open wide enough or big enough to make a lasting impact. It fades from memory just as quietly as it started.
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.
Wiwi Jury verdict: 5.06/10
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