Bonjour, mes amis! The Wiwi Jury — our in-house panel of music unprofessionals — has dusted off our berets and returned to France to review the qualifying acts in the brand new national final Destination Eurovision. First up is Louka with his song “Mamma Mia”, co-written by French music star Maître Gims. Did “Mamma Mia” make us want to go again? Read on to find out!
Louka – “Mamma Mia”
“Mamma Mia” reviews
Jonathan: Considering this was the song written by Maître Gims, it’s easy to have rather high expectations. Unfortunately, they weren’t completely met. Gims’ influences are in the song, and the studio version is not bad. But it’s clear Louka’s live vocals don’t match those of the other first semi-final qualifiers. His live performance, in general, was not particularly captivating, which left the song feeling rather one-note and monotonous. It’s telling that even the judges were talking during the song rather than focusing on the performer.
Antranig: “Mamma Mia” has a catchy hook — I’ll definitely be humming the eh eh eh part all day. The song as a whole is really enjoyable and would come alive on the Eurovision stage with some grand staging. However, I can’t see this delivering a great result for France. For a country in the process of a Eurovision revival, they will probably be looking elsewhere.
Chris: Easily one of the most listenable entries, “Mamma Mia” has everything necessary to be a crossover radio hit. The live version proves the issue. Nerves may have got to Louka ahead of his first performance — but you’d expect those to get worse in a live setting, not better. As the notes go flat, so does the chorus. So much potential, but Louka will really need to up his game to hit it.
Luis: Louka is more or less Emmy Liyana’s antonym. While in Emmy’s case the song is what matters the least because she is the bomb, here Louka seems lost for the three minutes and it’s the catchy hook what keeps you there. This is not necessarily bad (think of Blanche in Kyiv), however it’s not the best thing either. He’s promising, but Eurovision needs bold statements, not promises.
Josh: “Mamma Mia” indeed! The song was so promising in the snippet but for whatever reason, I thought the snippet was the bridge leading into something powerful and instead it turned out to be the chorus. Louka is the kind of guy I would stand and twirl my hair for whilst talking to him – he’s incredibly handsome. But “Mamma Mia” lacks power, energy and charisma and that makes it hard to enjoy.
Robyn: “Mamma Mia” is a decent modern French pop song but its minimalist production style leaves little room for mistakes. When Louka hit a few bum notes in the semi-final, that really stood out. But there’s a lot to work with and many ways to improve things. Based on the semi-final performance, “Mamma Mia” not right for Eurovision, but it’s not time to write off Louka at the national final just yet.
In our Destination Eurovision Wiwi Jury, we have 15 jurors but only room for 6 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 4 and a high of 7.5.