He’s back! For the fourth year in a row, the Wiwi Jury is reviewing the songs of Latvia’s Supernova. And as ever, in the 2018 edition, that includes Markus Riva!
Markus has participated in Supernova every year since its inception. He’s yet to improve on his first result, when he finished second in 2015 with “Take Me Down”. Is is finally his time with “This Time”? See our jury’s thoughts below:
Markus Riva — “This Time”
“This Time” Reviews
Chris: “This Time” is easily Markus’ best Supernova effort since “Take Me Down”. It certainly feels like he’s a real threat in the contest this year too, albeit perhaps because of the overall lower quality. The chorus lacks a final killer punch, though, and the verses feel a little overwrought. But this is a good, current enough pop song.
Robyn: Markus Riva is one of Latvia’s best pop stars and he deserves a shot at Eurovision… but not with this song. It’s a good tune, it’s just not good enough. It’s hard to not compare everything Riva does with 2015 entry “Take Me Down”, but that song had a thrillingly menacing energy that’s missing from the dinky “This Time”. He could do so much better.
William: Throw on the tank top, grab some tissues and let’s cry together in the club! Markus may be emotionally torn, but he sounds so smooth, sexy and in control — I’m ready. The chorus is big enough to make this memorable but sufficiently reigned in so that it doesn’t lose its touch point with this ultimately tender dance song. Markus is moving from aspiring pop star to proper artist. It’s love.
Luis: There’s nothing particularly exciting about this entry. There’s a decent beat and a good pre-chorus, but the rest is just background music and too many lyrics. Seriously, too many lyrics. It even becomes slightly irritating, especially since it starts to repeat in the three minutes. That’s how you turn an easy-on-the-ears tune into a song that feels like it’s 30 minutes-long.
Bernardo: I really want Markus Riva to finally succeed in his Eurovision attempt. That’s why I don’t want him to win Supernova with “This Time”. The pre-chorus is — by far — the best part of this composition. The chorus is too wordy and it sounds overly produced. Markus can do better and hopefully he does in the future. Maybe next year!
Jonathan: Here we go again; fans get excited for Markus Riva to be back at Supernova, then his entry is revealed and it’s another generic pop-song, dashing all our hopes once again. “This Time” is still a good Spotify single. Yet, it still doesn’t feel like Markus is reaching his full potential – there’s nothing overly exciting. Hopefully, when he no doubt returns for a fifth attempt in 2019, he brings us his best.
Edgars: No, Markus. Not this time. Maybe next year — if you get some better songwriters. This song sounds just like a hundred other songs (from 2010) and we all know that you could do much better. Stil, Markus is the first one to grab award for a lifetime achievement in Latvia’s Eurovision selection.
In our Latvia Wiwi Jury, we have 15 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 5 and a high of 9.5.
WIWI JURY VERDICT: 6.88/10
Markus moves in to the lead with our Jury then! There’s still plenty more songs to go though – do you think he can stay in first? Let us know all your thoughts in our comments section.