Bosnia, Maya Sar, 3 ELIMINATED

The Wiwi Jury—our international panel of music unprofessionals—headed to Bosnia and Herzegovina this morning to review Maya Sar’s “Korake Ti Znam.” The first time we saw “korake” we thought it was Bosnian for “karaoke.” Not a good sign, people. Read on to see what we made of Sarajevo’s entry.


Wiwi: From the country that brought you glorious entries like Laka’s “Pokusaj” comes this: a ballad dull enough to put an insomniac to sleep. “Korake Ti Znam”—that means “I Know Your Steps”—is a huge disappointment. Maya has a beautiful voice, but Bosnia has not equipped her with a song to showcase it. This song is flat, sounds the same at 20 seconds as it does at 40 seconds (as it does at 90 seconds). In a year of ballads, you really need to stand out. But “Korake Ti Znam” never reaches the glorious heights of more engrossing power ballads like Pastora Soler’s “Quédate Conmigo.” Not that it matters: Spain has already qualified for the final, and Bosnia will definitely crash out in the semis. It takes more than weak elevator music to play this game.

Score: 2/10

Vebooboo: Yet another slow song by a pretty girl with a good voice. This simply does not stand out in the slightest way, and unless block voting comes into play I don’t think we’ll be seeing this one on Saturday night.

Score: 4/10

Meows Kitty: Boring boring boring, a dull ballad without any catchy melodies or climatic moments. This has got to be the least memorable song I’ve heard so far in the competition.

Score: 4/10

Deban: Before I review this entry, I’d like us to cast our minds back to three good entries from the last 3 years. “I Don’t Wanna Leave” (Poland, 2009), “What For?” (Latvia, 2010) and “Stand By” (San Marino, 2011). What did all these entries have in common? They’re all good ballads, but very middle of the road. Although you won’t hate them, you’re also unlikely to adore them. Unsurprisingly, none of them qualified for the final.

Poor Maya Sar! She’s likely to follow in these footsteps. But she of all veterans should know better. She’s been in this ESC game for many years and has provided backing vocals on two separate occasions to successful acts from her homeland of Bosnia and Herzegovina. What was she thinking this time?

Don’t get me wrong, it’s a good song. It’s similar to Azerbaijan’s entry “When the Music Dies.” But that’s in English and I can sing along. Still, neither of these entries will make me shuffle my feet, let alone pick up the phone and vote.

The song’s title literally translates as “I know your steps.” It ought to add a refrain that says, “I know your steps won’t lead you to the final.”

Score: 4/10

The Wiwi Jury Verdict: 3.5/10

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Christian
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This is absolutely fantastic.It really is. Please listen again.I loved it while I heard the cd and I did not know what country I heard.Just plaid it in one go and this was one I liked.

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H.K. Dick
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I keep picturing Titanic about 2 minutes into this song when the panpipes start up.

As everyone has said this goes nowhere. It’s the kind of thing to put on when getting a nice massage. You’ll be totally relaxed and asleep within a few minutes.

Probably won’t make the final. 4/10.

MoMo
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MoMo

If your fave Australian or Spanish soap opera was from Bosnia and Herzegovina, the theme song will sound excatly like this.

It may seem too simple and soft but for me, that is the beauty of the song. The oomph/ build-up the WiWi jury craves in this chilled out number would only complicate things and make it sound so wanna-be-textbook ballad.

If this is boring elevator music, then I’m gonna press the stop button and have a picnic in here cos I like it.

francisco
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francisco

I think it is a very nice ballad, sung with conviction and feeling. I don’t see how can you say it is boring…it is very well done and she has a beautiful voice, and frankly, it is nice to hear a European song not sung in English (sorry but songs sung in english from non-english speaking countries bugs me big time)…

Neil
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Neil

Hmm. A ballad, some say boring, I say, perhaps. It would have helped if it was sung in English to keep our attention. It has probably gone down well in the home country and neighbours but I can’t see it going far in ESC. Loved the simple but, at the same time, dramatic stage craft.

Zolan
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Zolan

Trust BiH never to repeat past styles. And as always, they deliver to the highest standard, this song being an exceptional representive of its genre. And Maya uses her voice beautifully throughout. The song is like a big feather pillow when you come in from the cold and just want to luxuriate in warmth and comfort. Or with understanding of the lyrics, sob quietly. Unfortunately, it is also among the least memorable songs in the contest, even with its late draw position. Although it is thematically very similar to “When the Music Dies,” it possesses a very different sensibility, and… Read more »

Nathan
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Nathan

This is a fantastic ballad. And you guys know it! I, too, give it a 4/10!

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