Earlier today the Wiwi Jury—our in-house panel of music unprofessionals—grabbed our Italian-English dictionaries and headed to Switzerland to review Nino Colonna’s “La Luce Del Cuore” (Light of the heart). Did his entry for Die Grosse Entscheidungsshow shine? Or was this dim, dim, dim? Read on to find out…
Padraig: This is such a hard song to review, simply because of the amount of concentration required. It’s taken me three attempts to listen to it in full without zoning out. And that’s not a good sign. If I’m struggling to pay attention sober and broke in January, how can fans and viewers drunk on excitement (amongst other things) be expected to focus on it in May? Should Nino somehow manage to make it to Copenhagen he’ll get lost in the semis and nobody will even notice.
Angus: I love Italian songs so they already have brownie points on this one. It has a nice very chilled vibe, which worked well for Malta in 2013, so might work equally well for the Swiss in 2014. It doesn’t quite have the lift that ‘Tomorrow’ had in the chorus, but it’s refreshingly understated from Switzerland. Nino’s dad-dancing is also delightful.
Deban: On hearing this, my first thought was ‘Thank goodness that host broadcasters now control the running order at Eurovision’. Imagine this entry preceding, or succeeding The Common Linnets at the semi-final? Only one of them would advance, and you can bet it won’t be the Swiss entry. This is cheap bluegrass at best. Yes, the smiling busker radiates good energy, but Europe’s biggest song contest calls for much more.
Anthony: Country based entries do nothing for me at the Eurovision Song Contest, and I ignore them fairly quickly. Sadly, Nino’s attempt falls straight into this category. Overall, the standard from this Italian language entry is pretty weak and the song is a rather forgettable one. It’s going to be a massive task if the Swiss were to send him to represent the country in Copenhagen this year.
Bogdan: It’s garnered the most votes so far in our poll, but I don’t see the appeal of “La Luce Del Cuore”. Although cheerful and well performed, besides the fact that it’s very far away from what I would ever listen to, I find it quite repetitive and boring. The only thing that kind of saves it is Nino’s persona, which is very endearing. However, at the end of the song I failed to remember the melody, which is never a good sign.
Wiwi: He may be cookey, but this song is boring. Not even a 50-something dancing can change that. I can’t remember the melody and I just listened to this. I’m giving him one point for the dancing and one for his glasses, which are rather stylish.
Wiwi Jury Verdict: 3.42/10
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