Today the Wiwi Jury – our in-house panel of music unprofessionals – travelled to Yerevan to sip on some tuti oghi and learn some sensual dance moves from our friend Iveta Mukuchyan. After the drink went straight to our heads, we decided to wind down by reviewing the Junior Eurovision 2017 entry for Armenia, “Boomerang” by Misha. Does this boomerang have what it takes to be thrown to the top of the scoreboard? Read on to find out…
Armenia’s Junior Eurovision 2017 song
Chris: It’s understandable, but a shame nonetheless, to see Armenia move away from their recent JESC formula. Whilst they didn’t win with “Tarber”, “Love” or “People of the Sun” (and all came close), each song remains as memorable entries in the JESC pantheon. As good a singer as Misha is, “Boomerang” doesn’t have that spark. It’s a ballad with a tortured metaphor. There’s not much more Misha can do with the song.
Jonathan: This was certainly unexpected from the country that can normally be relied on to bring a great upbeat bop to Junior Eurovision. It’s certainly one of the better ballads in this year’s edition. Starting off with simple instrumentation, the song builds brilliantly throughout, so that by the end it’s impossible to not want to join Misha in his quest to spread love across the world. If Misha can effectively deliver the song’s emotion live in Tbilisi then there’s no reason why this shouldn’t keep Armenia in its traditional place of towards the top of the leaderboard.
Jovana: Misha is so sweet, charming and talented – he is just adorable. As a performer, he has definitely got what it takes to be a winner. As for the song, “Boomerang” is not quite a winner. There is simply something missing, but it’s hard to say what that is. Probably a change in the rhythm or any sort of variation. Still, with the right staging and good vocal performance, it can do really well in Tbilisi.
Renske: Misha has a very pure voice which suits the ballad he is singing. The metaphor of the Boomerang is well chosen, but it is the only stand-out from the song as it’s a very traditional Junior Eurovision ballad. It needs some fireworks and knowing Armenia, they will give us the fireworks.
Robyn: Armenia does well at JESC and isn’t afraid to mix things up year to year. “Boomerang” could be seen as playing it safe with a simple but dramatic ballad — but Misha is a talented singer and brings his junior star power to the performance. (And bonus points for his amazing hair!)
William: Young Misha oozes sweetness and light, but he also knows when to deploy the power. And with “Boomerang” he has plenty of opportunity to do just that, serving a tender ballad that builds slowly and deliberately, eventually arriving at that “wow” moment that’s so important in a song contest. The drums give this drive and Misha’s occasional swerve into a minor key keeps it interesting. My only criticism is that his “throw” frequently sounds like “fro”. But that’s easily fixed. Yay, Armenia!
Our jury for 2017 consists of 20 jurors, but we only have room for 6 reviews. The remaining 14 scores are listed below.
The highest and lowest scores are dropped prior to calculating the average score. This is to remove outliers and reduce potential bias. We have removed a low of 5 and a high of 9.