This morning the Wiwi Jury—our international panel of music un-professionals—caught a ride to Vilnius, where we shopped for Soviet-era vintage clothing, and reviewed Donny Montell’s ESC 2012 song “Love Is Blind.” Love is blind, but the Wiwi Jury is not deaf. Did we like what we heard? Or did we run for the border? Read on to find out.


Wiwi: As you can see from the photo above, Donny makes Wiwi smile from ear to ear. He was seriously charming during our interview at Eurovision in Concert. But good looks and a pretty smile aren’t enough to earn my televote. Donny has a great voice. So it’s a real shame it is wasted on a song that screams “cruise ship entertainment.” It starts off as a ballad, throws in a few operatic flourishes, and then morphs into some sort of 1970s disco revival. Poor Donny goes for so many ideas that he fails to develop any of them fully, and the only thing I’m left remembering is the one-handed cartwheel, which is rather impressive. The lyrics are so cheesy I feel like I gained 10 pounds listening to this. “Love is blind, it’s true, nobody is like you/ My endless melody I play for me and you/ Love is blind, it’s true, I’m on my knees for you/ I’ll give it all I can to have you back again/ Love is blind.”

Score: 3/10

Vebooboo: Love may be blind, but I sure am not. This dude is a serious contender for Eurovision’s Next Top Male Model!  His voice, however, is not, and nor is this cliched and cheesy song. We may end up seeing Donny in the Final, but we won’t be seeing him accepting a trophy any time soon.

Score: 5/10

Meows Kitty: A cringe-worthy performance. It reminds me of that daggy 90’s pop song “Sometimes When We Touch.” It’s so cheesy it’s sickening. PUKE.

Score: 3/10

Deban: Lithuania takes the contest very seriously. This years’ pre-selection was riddled with many gems. I had many favourites including the winning entry, “Love is Blind.”

It’s another bi-polar entry. However, unlike France, the shift change here isn’t quite as sudden. Instead, it carries us on a floating musical journey, and docks us by the discothèque. A tad dramatic, the melody starts off rousing then ups dropping a disco beat. In true Lithuanian style, where every single lyric is dramatized, Montell camouflages himself as a blind gothic prince. Then he steps up to the plate as a gymnast. Although, this is somewhat too gimmicky, and throws the overall ‘taste’ of the entry into question, it’s vital to note that his vocals are “on-point” throughout. Furthermore, the song has got a catchy melody and good lyrical composition. It’s also a versatile song that could easily flesh into a musical number and/or a pop tune.

Score: 7/10

The Wiwi Jury Verdict: 4.5/10

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Neil

Genius….. the best song of all …….

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Christian
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Great vocal delivery and I am sure it will work out well.I wish they will stay for the balls version.
It dips to me when it gets into the euro dance sound where the beats kicks in
The ballad part of the song is a clear 10 but the half hearted disco of this one is ruining it but that easily be removed for next week

Zolan
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Zolan

Lithuania is always good value, even when, or especially when, they seem to have come from an alternate reality. I like that they do things differently, because there are so often unusual artistic choices in the details, even if the general effect is less convincing. The composer clearly intended to do something great, and shows considerable skill in putting it together with some rather good transitions. And Donny nails the performance completely in every aspect. But have they no judgement? It almost works (in its way), but at the two-thirds mark, and again at the end, any sense of coherence… Read more »

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Gavin

Kittly i love ‘sometime when we touch’ i had my first proper snog to that song too! Iiv been learning it for five months on the piano… And am not giving up! … Socking that you could compared such an emotionaly charged and beutifull song to this tack from lithuania… Xxx

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