Hallo Österreich! The Wiwi Jury — our in-house panel of music unprofessionals — has made it to Vienna, home of Eurovision 2015. After revisiting our favourite places, we gathered in St Stephens Square to discuss Austria’s entry for Eurovision 2017, Nathan Trent with “Running on Air”. Did the song make us feel as light as air? Or did it weigh us down? Read on to find out!
Nathan Trent – “Running on Air”
About Nathan Trent
Nathan Trent is a singer-songwriter of pop and R&B music. In 2012 he made it to the final 12 of the German X Factor as part of the duo Boys II Hot. It was a bit of a hot mess, and Nathan rightly set forth on a solo pop career. He was internally selected for Eurovision by broadcaster ORF and wrote “Running on Air” himself.
“Running on Air” reviews
Kristin: This is absolutely lovely. Yes, its simple, but it’s simple without being boring. You get what you came for. A good song with charismatic singer. No complications, just a nice ride, which one can nod ones head to and sing along with. If you like Ed Sheeran, Nathan Trent is your go-to guy for Eurovision 2017.
Luis: “Running on Air” is so pleasant to listen to. Nathan’s charismatic light voice and the song’s sweet and familiar sound are such a good blend. However, there’s one big problem here, and it’s called memorability. This is that song I constantly forget about when I think of semi-final two. One thing is undeniable, though: Nathan brings another flavour to this year’s table. Sadly, that flavour is more sugar-free vanilla than dark chocolate.
Chris: In a contest that seems wrought with drama and increasing politicking, there’s a charm in “Running on Air”. It’s carefree and innocent — and perhaps more grown up than “L’oin d’ici” was — which Nathan delivers well. There’s no attempt to be anything more grandiose, which helps the song in one way and harms it in others. There’s no way this is reaching for the win, which ultimately means it loses some merit. But I’d happily see this in the final and I suspect Nathan could well do that.
Deban: “Running On Air” kisses the summer with a guitar. It plays well on the radio, but its simplicity may struggle to find favour in a televised contest. Nathan Trent looks good and sings well. The show running order will be the most likely factor in determining its success, due to the track offering a decent gear shift between a batch of ballads and high-octane EDM numbers.
William: Breezy, sweet and incredibly catchy, Nathan’s radio-friendly track brims with optimism and character. It’s a feel-good track that avoids cliché and it manages to remain somehow cool and trendy despite the overtly inspirational message. Nathan is a fresh face with endless charisma. He’s dancing straight to the final and potentially the Top 10.
Jordi: Doses of good energy and sunshine is what I’m getting from Nathan’s refreshing “Running on Air”. I wasn’t particularly excited when I first heard his song, but after watching the official video I definitely got the message. I’m so into those relaxed, happy and easy-going vibes that he’s bringing. Even so, this song is pretty slow for me. Feels delicious and sweet, but quite forgettable. By having a good staging and light effects, he can definitely be among those ten tickets for the grand final.
Robyn: “Running on Air” would struggle to qualify if it were in the first semi-final, but it should have a much easier ride in the second semi. It’s an uplifting song and Nathan comes across as likeable performer. It reminds me a bit of Douwe Bob’s “Slow Down” — just a pleasant song that (all going well) will provide a chilled-out breathing space in the grand final.
Antony: Running on Air represents a real feel good and easy listening song. Lyrics of self-perseverance, resilience and inner strength are inspiring and will create a sense of positivity towards viewers on the night. The largest asset to this song is Nathan himself, where his charisma will sell the song and its meaningful lyrics.
In our Wiwi Jury, we have 38 jurors but only room for eight reviews. The rest of our scores can be found below:
Renske: 7.5 /10
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 3 and a high of 10.
Wiwi Jury verdict: 6.64/10
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