Jedward won Ireland’s Eurosong 2012 in a landslide last month. So when it was time for the Wiwi Jury to review “Waterline,” our expectations were as high as Jedward’s glued-up hair. Was there a pot of gold at the end of our musical rainbow, or did the twins leave us wanting? Read on to find out….
Wiwi: I have loved John Paul Henry Daniel Richard Grimes and Edward Peter Anthony Kevin Patrick Grimes ever since we met for breakfast in London last April. They love what they do—which usually involves making a lot of noise and getting into a lot of trouble—and their enthusiasm is seriously contagious. Do they have the range of Adele or the powerful vocals of Mariah? Absolutely not. But are they performers? Yes they most certainly are. Equipped with that charisma (and some solid back-up vocalists) they climbed all the way to 8th place at Eurovision 2011.
“Waterline” demonstrates a real maturation in their sound. The song doesn’t rely on the digitized antics of “Lipstick,” and it forces the boys to grapple with their own voices, which have definitely moved in the right direction since last year. The lyrics tell a story—essentially that love is overwhelming—and the overall package smacks of Blink 182. And while “Waterline” may lack the shock value of “Lipstick,” it does get stuck in your head—which is crucial when you have just three minutes to court televoters. But I’m not awarding a score based on any of that. I’m raiting this song highly because it makes me happy. I’m hoping Europe feels the same way.
Vebooboo: They’re bound to do well in light of the huge teenage fan base they’ve built up across Europe, but this song isn’t as memorable as “Lipstick.” It tries to be too much of a real pop song. But in light of Jedward’s atrocious vocals, it falls short of its lofty goal. Expect a big stage show in Baku, though. And a ticket to the Final and Top 10.
Meows Kitty: Yes, after much anticipation, the twins return to the stage with another off-key performance in which they jump around rather randomly. But there’s a difference: last year’s red hot “Lipstick” was actually an awesome song – and the one that won my 12 points. Of course, they never stood any chance of actually winning because if that happened, Eurovision would lose all credibility (sadly, little is remaining in this year’s competition). Even so, we must respect Ireland’s sense of humour and thank them for providing the rest of Europe with some entertainment value for the second year running. The one-handed cartwheel never ceases to impress me!
Deban: Having been a part of Jedward’s unofficial campaign for a Eurosong victory (read it here), I’m delighted that, yet again, they’re the Emerald Isle’s choice. “Waterline” is a coherent piece of pop music that swims on first listen, and takes residency in your brain afterwards. Although it bears no surprises with vocal range, it’s befitting for Jedward’s charisma and comical genius. Regardless of demographics, “Waterline” is universally lovable, and provides a fresh spin on the themes of love. With the help of four backing singers, Jedward’s branding and signature dance moves, it’s a sure-fire contender for Top 5 success in Baku.
The Wiwi Jury Verdict: 7.13/10