The Wiwi Jury — our in-house panel of music unprofessionals — has arrived in Kyiv, the host city of Eurovision Song Contest 2017. Rock group O.Torvald will represent the host country with “Time”. Are we ready to give the band three minutes of our time? Or are we clocking off? Read on to find out!
O.Torvald – “Time”
After ten years of sending female singers (and one drag artist) to the contest, Ukraine is now being represented by a rock group, after O.Torvald won Ukraine’s national selection. The band was formed in 2005 and their debut album was released three years later. As well as releasing six albums, the group has extensively toured Ukraine.
Chris: Rock does have its place at Eurovision and O.Torvald bring one of the more respectable instances of it in recent memory. “Time” worked great on stage at the Ukrainian national final, so hopefully it doesn’t change much from that. That being said, is it a song that jumps out amongst the field? Not really — and that’s where the issue lies. It’s saving grace may be the running order and having its own niche that will attract some voters.
Bernardo: Eurovision wouldn’t be Eurovision without a rock act. Taking the #celebratediversity motto quite seriously, O.Torvald bring us a breath of fresh air, keeping their roots and giving “Time” a Eurovision spin. I struggle to enjoy because it’s not my favourite genre of music, but I praise the diversity Ukraine is bringing to the table. It’s strong, it has a good vocalist and has a commercial quality to it.
Robyn: Every good Eurovision needs at least one hearty rock song and home boys O.Torvald are supplying the goods this year. “Time” sounds like something from the 2000s, but O.Torvald are such skilled rock performers that they bring freshness and energy. And if the national final performances are anything to go by, we can expect some quality over-the-top rock staging, worthy of a Muse gig.
Padraig: “It’s our time to shine”, so sing the men of O.Torvald. Funnily enough, Mélanie René also thought it was her time to shine back in 2015. She came last in her semi-final. While their status as automatic qualifiers ensures that O.Torvald won’t suffer quite the same fate as poor Mélanie, they’re unlikely to do much better. “Time” makes for a laborious listen. It’s time to do this and that and who cares what else. Ultimately, their biggest achievement is making three minutes feel like an absolute age.
Deban: With digital clocks hanging around their necks, O.Torvald remind us of the urgency of time. Serving hard rock with pop sensitivities, “Time” is an unexpected yet clever turn for Ukraine. Gritty, sexy and disheveled, these rock stars who have headlined tours with Garbage and Linkin Park are a worthy addition to the contest.
Rezo: Time to look, time to see, time to find – This is not my cup of tea or musical style, but give this song to some time and it’s time to look into your eyes, guys! I’m in love with your great and spectacular performance at the national final. The song brings experiences of difficult life and pain, things haven’t finished yet and we’re living still now. O.Torvald and Ukraine – I felt it and I understand you!
William: The chorus is a loud, brash and irritating — and that hardly fits with his theme of love and peace! While I enjoy the visuals — an edgy man covered in tats with an exploding chest and an LED that gives The Simpsons a cameo — I feel this is style over substance. And while I’m not overly impressed with the song, I think the band really sells what they’ve got. They’re alternative, sincere and ultimately quite likeable.
Antony: Ukraine should be applauded for living up to their Eurovision slogan by entering a rock song. Unfortunately, the song itself is very bland and doesn’t excite me at all. However, what is promising is their staging ideas, especially with the countdown clocks tying in with the song lyrics. I am confident that the staging will elevate the song to give it a reasonable score in the final.
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 1 and a high of 8.
Wiwi Jury verdict: 5.22/10
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