The Wiwi Jury — our in-house panel of music unprofessionals — continues to rank and review the 43 songs competing in Eurovision 2018. Next we head to France where the Destination-Eurovision-winning duo Madame Monsieur has “Mercy”. Were we moved by their message? Read on to find out!
Madame Monsieur – “Mercy”
Anthony: “Mercy” is a simple but effective pop tune. And although Madame Monsieur did well on highlighting the refugee crisis through their lyrics, it might be a case of lost in translation for non-fluent French speakers. Adding to the fact they only finished third with the international juries at Destination Eurovision, there’s a risk France could end up begging for mercy.
Chris: Simple and beautiful, “Mercy” ticks a number of boxes right out of the gate. It’s easily accessible on a number of levels: for starters, it has one of the “easiest” stories to explain of the year. Couple that with a striking lead performer in Emilie and you’re already on to a winner. Many of the French phrases used are also fairly recognisable: it’s a remarkably well constructed song. Merci, Madame Monsieur, for bringing one of the true standouts of the year.
Deban: Madame Monsieur have crafted a beautiful piece of pop music that is simple, yet stirring. Minimalist in style and presentation, the strength here is their emotion and the song’s play on words. “Mercy” is touching when it’s on, but forgotten when it’s gone. Hopefully, the right visuals would fix that.
Jordi: Le France is another time showcasing their powerhouse status when it comes to Eurovision. And this year’s stars – Madame Monsieur – serve such a beautiful gem among today’s 43 selected entries. Simplicity at its best, subtle yet sophisticated, this piece speaks on its own while cleverly giving voice to an important subject social matter. And joining their emotional message, a magical but quiet quality is palpable. By bringing their song to life in the stage France can’t go wrong with this one.
Robyn: I’ve been a fan of the French Eurovision renaissance, but I’m not feeling “Mercy”. It’s a nice enough song, but I’m struggling to find the great emotional resonance that some fans find. I suspect it’s down to the language. My two years of high-school French is enough to pick up a few basic phrases, but the depths of the lyrics are lost on me. It will take some clever staging to get the message across.
Jovana: France has been one of my favourite countries in Eurovision ever since I started watching it. And this year they have delivered once again. “Mercy” is a perfect combination of art pop and contemporary pop, such that it is not too contemporary to be mainstream, and too artsy to be snobby. With a good staging and a little bit of luck with the running order, “Mercy” could easily be another great result for this Big 5 country.
In the Wiwi Jury we have 20 jurors but only have room for six reviews. The remaining scores are below:
We have removed the highest and lowest scores prior to calculating the average. This is to remove outliers and potential bias. We have removed a low of 5.5 and a high of 10.
Wiwi Jury verdict: 7.67/10
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