This morning the Wiwi Jury—our in-house panel of music un-professionals—caught a bus, a boat, and a plane to Skopje so that we could review Barbara Popovic’s Junior Eurovision 2013 song “Ohrid i muzika”. Did her dance track make us move? Or did it just make us move….all the way back to the UK?
Wiwi: Can we get Barbara some boots because this is a real floor-stomper. I love everything about this: Barbara’s energy, the frenetic choreography, the rhythm, the melody and, most of all, the fact that Barbara manages to sing while moving constantly. All you other kids better do your exercises. It’s hard to keep up with this girl! This is my jam, y’all! Happiness. Soul. Perfection.
Angus: Oh lord there is some High-NRG going on here. The dance routine isn’t the most polished I’ve seen, and the vocal is a little shrill for my taste. That said the song pounds along so there’s no danger of you forgetting it and those few extra years she has on other competitors should give her some more confidence on the night.
Richard: When the song started I thought my computer had malfunctioned and was playing double speed. Frenetic isn’t the word as the three dancers throw arms and legs everywhere in a desperate attempt to keep up with the pace of the song. Unfortunately Barbara is a little lost as the action takes place around her. Musically it’s at least 10 years out of date or maybe I’m just too old to appreciate it. I need a sit down and take an aspirin.
William Cahill: I like this: her voice, the beat, the music. I think this is Top 5 material. It reminds me of another song, though, and I cannot put my finger on it. Great song!
Zach: Putting aside how bad the preview video is (it’s BAD), the song itself is easily in my top 3 of the contest. The high energy music makes me want to dance, and it sounds like Barbara will be able to sing it live. I seriously love the melody of this song. It’s techno, it’s fast, it’s perfect for dancing! It’s one of the only songs I could see myself putting on repeat. The one catch about it is while wholly infectious, it does sound a tad dated. I don’t think that will hurt it though, and I predict the song placing top 5, maybe even snagging the win if performed well.
James: I am sorry – it is not good. But, … BUT you can tell that Barbara is trying to give it her all in her performances, so I can give her for that. So, I am going to be frank. It’s cheap music, it’s 90s and it is nothing that stands out from the crowd. True, it’s catchy, but it is also absent of musical treatment. She slows down briefly after a 3rd refrain, but then it just goes back to where it was before. No key change. No fireworks. No happy James.
Deban: With the notable exception of Kaliopi, the distinction between quality music and folk trash remains as porous as ever in the former Yugoslav Republic. Barbara’s offering is no stranger to this phenomenon. Her VT gives me no vote of confidence. She mimes badly to her eurodance track, and her cross body leads border on shamanic. Fortunately, it isn’t all bad news. ‘Ohrid I Musika’ is a cracking tune, and with the right production values, it could re-shape as a three-minute wonder.
Wiwi Jury Verdict: 6.14/10
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