Riga calling! Supernova 2018, Latvia’s national selection, gets underway on February 3. That means it’s almost time for our annual check-in with the good old Riga Beaver — and our Wiwi Jury couldn’t be more excited!
Our team of music unprofessionals kicks off their tour of Latvia’s entries with Liene Greifane. Liene’s a regular face on Latvian TV music shows, having started her career on “Fabrikas Muzikalais Teatris” over 13 years ago.
Liene Greifane — “Walk the Talk”
“Walk the Talk” Reviews
Chris: There’s some kind of promise in “Walk the Talk”. There’s a female empowerment vibe going on, but there’s no real power to Liene’s performance. She’s not the boss in this song, she’s just middle management. Couple that lack of “oomph” with a repetitive song and you find yourself losing interest by the second chorus.
Robyn: “Walk the Talk” is the sort of song that used to end up in Malta’s national final. It’s sassy, full of attitude, but at the same time, there’s something strangely formulaic about it. The production is quite messy at times, with too many samples and layers battling to be heard over each other. There are some good ideas in there, but the end result is too unfocused.
Edgars: Yes! Send this song to the Grand Finale immediately…because it’s almost so bad that I can’t get it out of my head. “I wanna be, who I really wanna be” is up there as the best lyric of this year’s Supernova. I’ll even get a tattoo of it if this song somehow makes it to the Supernova Top 4.
Jordi: Bang, bang, into the room…! Liene’s ready to “Walk the Talk” — but I’m not so sure if she’s ready to slay the Supernova walk. The song is pure fiesta. It’s ideal for catwalking down the road and stomping in some high heels. With good staging and a classy attitude, she should have no problems in hitting the Supernova final. But for Eurovision, it’s nothing new.
Bernardo: “Walk the Talk” has striking similarities to “Bang Bang”. Jessie, Ari and Nicky won’t be happy about it. But they’ll probably never know, since this ain’t winning the national final. Liene’s voice is very pleasant to listen to, so it’s a shame it’s being used in a rip-off like this.
Kristin: Sassy Liene is bringing the girl power here and does so quite well. However, this melody has been heard so, so many times before, and it is easily forgettable after the final note. But is the song bad? No, not at all. But Supernova 2018 is packed with big songs this year, so Liene might be fighting a losing battle.
Natalie: You can’t blame Liene for being proud and willing to shout out loud who she wants to be. But there’s a fine line between singing and shouting, and she seems to lean more to the latter. Combined with the all-over-the-place backing instruments, it’s not a good recipe. It’s just very unlikable.
In our Latvia Wiwi Jury, we have 14 jurors but only room for 7 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: 5.25/10
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