Earlier today the Wiwi Jury—our in-house panel of music unprofessionals—headed to Switzerland down to review Natacha & Stéphanie’s song “Une Terre Sans Vous” (Earth without you). Were we feeling it? Or do we think the world would be a better place without this song? Read on to find out.
Angus: Beautiful voices, beautiful song and beautiful singers. The Swiss have got a very good thing going on here. French sounds, as always, beautiful but the song itself is lovely too. The message of the song is also sweet and simplistic and should resonate with people. The last note is clipped a bit short, but relative to what else is on offer this is stellar, and very good on it’s own too.
Bogdan: If this is performed as well live, it’s going to stand out. As such, it’s flawless vocally and the language lifts the nice song. I struggle to imagine, however, how they would stage this in a way that could be endearing, seeing as ballads generally don’t fare as well as the dance tracks. Unless they hold hands and look each other in the eye, which would be brilliant but somehow I doubt they ever would.
Padraig: Time to sound the alarm (if purely to keep yourself awake), it’s another coma inducing ballad. Sure, the song is nice and the ladies have pleasant voices but as the saying goes – nice boys (and girls) finish last. They can throw in as many Disney like tinkles as they like but there’s no rescuing this from an inevitable death in the semis.
Deban: Très très ennuyeux, which literally translates from French to ‘very boring’ in English. Yes, it’s a sweet number, its inoffensive, and the visual treatment exudes simplicity. However, it comes across as supine and lacklustre. If this song wins for Switzerland which I very much doubt, it’d be another Pernila Karlsson. Guaranteed to crash in the semis.
Anthony: I’m into the occasional ballad when it comes to the Eurovision Song Contest, so I thought this would be in my comfort zone. Unfortunately, this turned out to be a complete snooze fest for me. With Eurovision fans still feeling the effects of a ballad hangover from Malmö last year; this is probably the last thing they want to hear. My gut instinct tells me that some televoters might find this a tad too dreary for their liking. I would be one of them.
Wiwi: I’ve obviously never heard this song before, but I feel like I have. That’s probably because it fits into that character-less genre that is looped in elevators and in shopping malls. It’s completely in offensive—and totally unmemorable.
Wiwi Jury Verdict: 4.67/10
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