This morning the Wiwi Jury—our in-house panel of music un-professionals—packed our condoms and club gear and headed to Ljubljana to review Hannah Mancini’s Eurovision song “Straight Into Love”. Did Hannah find her rhythm? Or did her dance song empty out the club? Read on to find out…
Deban: Great raw materials here. Lyrically appropriate composition over a thumping dance beat. The vocals are stellar! Although this formula is somewhat dated, it is making a resurgence in the charts. Hannah will need lots of help to shoot this much further up the league table. The right staging, projection and lots of oiled-up muscle boys writhing around her svelte body. I like this track. I’m gonna love the remixes even more. Slovenia, you had to go through The USA to make it to Europe, but who cares? Welcome back.
HK Dick: In a year destined to be filled with electro-pop following last year’s winning song, Slovenia tries their hand with “Straight Into Love”. Over-heavy on the synth, this doesn’t quite capture the instant dance vibe but will still provide 3 minutes of joy for the dance floor. May qualify for the final but that is as far as it goes.
Vebooboo: I’m sure everyone will send me hate mail for saying this, but I think this song is 10x better than Cascada’s. What Hannah lacks in fame she makes up for with a better song, better dress, and most importantly much better vocals. This song is easier to grasp. Unfortunately it is accompanied with Bulgaria 2012-esque staging. Yes, people, we will likely be treated to another one-woman disco act this year. But I trust Hannah can work it out.
Bogdan: Prior to the video version, I thought the song was middle of the road – think roadkill. But now it’s going somewhere. I still think it could better without the dubstep, but I don’t mind it as much. Whereas before it seemed like an artificial, gratuitous addition, now the dubstep make the song edgier. “Straight Into Love” is yet to reach my top 5, but Hanna brought it straight into my Final 26. With a good live performance in her semi-final, she might take it even further.
Alexander: I have mixed feelings about Slovenia’s entry this year. While I appreciate the modernization effort by having an electronic arrangement full of dubstep, the song itself is kinda weak. The lyrics are generic, and the chorus is annoying to me. After hearing the song multiple times, I got tired of hearing “Straight into Love” over and over again. Hannah is an attractive singer, but I think that she’s screeching a bit too much in the chorus. The song and her performance are by no means terrible, but they could also be a lot better.
Mr Häggkvist: This is fine. Hannah is a great singer, but this song isn’t that strong … too lame Slovenia. She needs to stand out with a breathtaking performance to make the final. I just don’t think this is enough.
Wiwi: Hannah’s song starts out so strongly that I didn’t realize she came from Slovenia. (I’m still trying to wake up after listening to last year’s “Verjamem”. Borrrring). Anyway, I would totally dance to Hannah’s song—for one verse. After that it just starts to loop, and not even her half-hearted attempt at a bridge can keep me moving. Straight into love but not straight into the final. This is a borderline qualifier, people.
The Wiwi Jury Verdict: 6.57/10