Last night the Wiwi Jury flew to Zagreb to review Croatia’s ESC 2012 entry “Nebo.” Judging from Nina Badric’s official preview video, we were worried she might blast us with her wind machine. Did she end up blowing us away? Read on to find out.
Wiwi: I’d like to award this song 12 points. That’s zero points to Nina Badric, and four points each to the three nearly-naked men in her video. The sad reality is that they are the only elements of this preview video I can actually remember. The song tells the story of a woman who loves someone who does not love her back. As she says in the final bars: “I’ll hide behind the wet, cold streets/ So I’ll never see anyone/ So I never meant anything to you.” It’s an apt ending. This song doesn’t stir me at all, and I’ll be happy to leave it in the semi-finals.
Vebooboo: The random half-naked men in the official video got me excited, but I wasn’t even paying attention to the song blasting in the background. Seriously, I’m going to build a mudpit in Baku for all the ballad-singing-babes to fight it out in. They are going to eat each other alive, allowing the faster songs to ease on through to the Final. Nice try, Croatia, but better luck in 2013. Oh, and try not to make such a drastic and random tune switch at 2:10 next time!
Meows Kitty: I like the way this song is structured, with a demure acoustic intro that builds up using various string instruments. The percussion gives the song a more rock kind of feel and she has a strong voice. This is one of the better Balkan entries this year, so hopefully the friendly neighbours will give it the votes the others don’t deserve.
Deban: Nina opens “Nebo” with these words (translated from Croatian): “Listen to me, when I say that there is nothing I haven’t tried…” This opening says it all. A pre-selection veteran, she competed in her national contest several times since 1993 with little success. Nearly two decades later, she bagged the trophy with “Nebo.”
In a sea of ballads, this is one of the weaker entries. An unfortunate choice for a performer that commands stage presence. Her song is weak, forgettable and uninteresting. However, there is a ready-made excuse should she do badly. She is still recovering from her recent vocal chords surgery. Good move, as this song is likely to stall in the semis.
The Wiwi Jury Verdict: 3.5/10