The Wiwi Jury is back from Spring Break, and we’re ready to review the remaining 21 Eurovision 2012 songs and contestants. Our international panel of music un-professionals turned to Montenegro today. Were we fans of Rambo and the donkey in his video? Or did we dub him and his music something of an ass? Read on to find out what we had to say…

Wiwi: Unlike the vast majority of artists competing at Eurovision this year, Rambo Amadeus brings a very clear message: Europe is in trouble and bigwigs from Belgium to Bulgaria need to sort it out. As he told WiwiBloggs.Com during a recent interview: “The E.U. and euro are in some kind of neurotic situation, so I wanted to help. I do not have a cure. It is just a diagnosis. ‘Euro Neuro’ is a diagnostic song with therapeutic side effects.”

It’s definitely diagnostic. The video captures the widening gap between rich and poor, and it’s also something of a fable about how the hardworking poor can easily lose their money. That’s why the donkey eats Rambo’s money at the end of the clip. What’s more debatable is whether the song is as therapeutic as Rambo claims. The rhyming is clever and deep when you unpack it: “Euro neuro, don’t be dogmatic, bureaucratic/ You need to become pragmatic/ To stop change climatic automatic/ Need contribution from the institution/ To find solution for pollution/ To save the children of the evolution.” But the song is largely devoid of melody, and I struggle to remember the tune when the clip comes to an end. In a contest where you have one shot to make an impact, this may struggle. The typical viewer won’t have a clue this even relates to the euro zone crisis.

Score: 4/10

Donkeys will eat your money, but not while you are sitting on them

Vebooboo: Purposefully bad English pronunciation plus forced rhyming do not a good song make.  This will be one of the ones I skip out of rehearsals for this year in Baku. I admire the use of Eurovision to take a political stand, but I can assure you I won’t be standing up after this performance in the arena.

Score: 2/10

Meows Kitty: The official vid makes this look more like a tourism campaign for the country. But will the song help the country in that department? Perhaps. This is one of those hate it or love it songs. On hearing it the first time I found it very annoying, but after reading the lyrics, I am quite impressed with his rhyming ability and attitude, and the donkey. He must bring the donkey…assuming it can clear customs.

Score: 8/10

Deban: Over the years, protest songs have managed to weave their way into the ESC. For a contest that shies away from political labels, it has provided a platform for controversial entries such as ‘There must be another way’ (Israel 2009) and “A luta é alegria” (Portugal 2011).

However, whatever shortcomings these entries may possess, they are light years ahead of “Euro Neuro” in terms of quality, memorability and craftsmanship. This shouldn’t come as a surprise! Montenegro has only ever featured in the semi-finals since its 2007 debut. Yes, that’s right. The Former Yugoslav Republic has NEVER featured in the Eurovision final.

Although credit ought to be given to Rambo Amadeus for taking on the pertinent issue of the euro debt crisis, it’s hard to take his approach seriously when lyrics like these emerge: “Euro neuro, I got no ambition/ For high position in competition/ With air condition/ Different mission, different school/ I got only one rule/ Always stay cool/ Like a swimming pool.”

Seriously? The only merits of this entry are the possibilities of using the video as a backdrop for national tourism promotions. Even so, the Montenegrin Ministry of Leisure and Tourism would be wise to permanently have the audio on mute.

Score: 1/10

The Wiwi Jury Verdict: 3.75/10

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Neil
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Neil

The topic may be current – a protest song but, really, are they serious about winning?

Christian
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I get what you mean about the trouble in Europe.The biggest trouble here must have been to find a decent songwriter.

Christian
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No no the song title must have been “Mirror mirror”
Have I heard this one before?
Been though the 2012 four times and can’t recall this one at all
I feel a but nusea while listening

mirella
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mirella

This song is absolutely fantastic!!! It will be very difficult for the Europeans (by this I mean the people who have never seen Rambo or heard his songs before) to appreciate his talents, but this guy is amazing!!!! Rambo to win!!!

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Francisco
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Francisco

I have to say that I don’t know what to make of this song, on the one hand, it has an interesting mixture of rythms and a very idyosincratic instrumentation, on the other…well the lyrics are terrible! This is not a song of protest, this is a piss taking song!…although maybe that is the reason because the Montenegrins decided to shovel this song on to Eurovision: to show how little they care aboput it…Who can say? and, frankly, who cares?

Djuro Paunovic
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Djuro Paunovic

I read some of your comments and can agree with you to some point. Of course, this song is totally unconventional for Eurosong contest. But, this song is not only about debt crisis, bad rhyme…it’s also parody of Eurovision contest (or how Rambo calls it- “Lacquered Straight Party”) itself.

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[…] Jónsi with “Remember Me” (4) 19. Malta: Kurt Calleja with “This Is the Night (3.75) 19. Montenegro: Rambo Amadeus with “Euro Neuro” (3.75) 21. Latvia: Anmary with “Beautiful […]

H.K. Dick
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I think the short break has helped Deban see sense – finaly we agree on this dire effort. There is nothing redeeming abou this song whatsoever…I may hate it even more than Georgia’s Jocker!

The chorus isn’t catchy – just annoying, Maybe you need to be comepletely high at some late-night party to appreciate this. Give me camp disco anytime…

Zolan
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Zolan

I like this a lot. It’s a ‘song’ that grabs me for idiosyncratic reasons that I don’t expect anyone else to share. A so-called ‘guilty pleasure’ that reinforces my individuality. I hope everyone has one, it is good for rheumatism. It has no melody, a high school vocabulary, irregular rhyme and metre, and how on earth does he expect to stage it? I don’t rate it by the usual criteria, and don’t want it to win — especially against so many sincere and worthy efforts this year. But perhaps it can do good in other ways. On the other hand,… Read more »