Earlier this morning the Wiwi Jury—our in-house panel of musical unprofessionals—packed our shaving kits and headed to Paris to review Twin Twin and their song “Moustache”. Did we leave with new-found affection for facial hair? Or did we ask them to pass the razor? Read on to find out…

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Angus: This is too silly to bare. I can just about handle Jessy Matador but Twin Twin take it to another level. ‘Moustache’ bounces over hypnotic beats and the speediest melody on offer here but I struggle to commend them for not taking themselves too seriously. France is always at its best when they take it seriously with a ballad like Patricia Kaas. This ain’t that. Jesse Matador did okay but if Twin Twin win expect the Top 10 to elude France for another year.

Score: 5/10

Katie: I was very interested to hear this song as I’d heard it was a little too similar to Stromae’s “Papaoutai”. The rumors couldn’t be more true! If I hadn’t heard of “Papaoutai”, I would have loved this song but I cannot listen to this without pointing out the obvious similarities it has to “Papaoutai”. It’s a shame really considering Twin Twin clearly have to potential to enter a good, fun song!

Score: 6/10

Deban:  Kilted with a solid backing track, Twin Twin serve up an upbeat pop-rap number. The kaleidoscope of colours make the stage presentation easy on the eye. However, we mustn’t lose sight of what quality music is. This is a joke entry marketed as composition of merit.

Score: 5/10

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Zach: The obligatory possible joke entry, I’m going to say it’s not good, but as far as joke entries go it’s not the worst one either. The backing beat is actually pretty good, but then the actual “singing” starts and I forget about the one decent aspect of the song. After a listen I find myself thinking back and making comparisons to Les Fatals Picards, and we all remember how that turned out. I’m giving points for a good backing beat and a level of catchiness, not good nor bad. But France already tanked once with a catchy joke entry (well twice if you count Sébastien as a joke lol), and for the past 2 years have been criminally underrated, so don’t give them an actual legitimate reason to score you that low again.

Score: 4/10

Anthony: With a bizarre name like “Moustache”, you’d think this was a Movember charity single. While the other two French participants have opted for ballads, Twin Twin have gone for something more modern and uptempo. It’s the catchiest of the three entries. As for Eurovision, this doesn’t scream “Top 10” material for me. And if they’re not careful with their staging, they’ll run the risk of putting this entry into the novelty section.

Score 6/10

TWIN_TWIN_DRPadraig: My fellow jurors are making me weep. Ok, I’m exaggerating. But I’m definitely having a *facepalm* moment. In a contest where a woman can be carried on stage by a giant whilst singing of butterflies and still be taken seriously, how the heck can Twin Twin be considered a joke? In fact, if anyone actually cared to look at the lyrics they’d see that it’s actually a rather clever satire on the materiality of modern life. And let’s face it, those who saw Les Chansons D’Abord will agree, Twin Twin are the only French act likely to have any lasting impact in Copenhagen. #TwinTwinForTheWinWin

Score: 10/10

Sami: My favourite from the three songs in the French national final, by far. I’m not the biggest fan of Stromae or “Papaoutai”, but this makes me wanna dance. I don’t think it will get many points from the jury, but I’m sure the public would love it and at least people would remember it after the contest, unlike the other two songs. Also, it could become best French entry since Jessy Matador. I totally agree with Padraig, Twin Twin needs to win!

Score: 8/10

Ramadan: Amazing song. This is the best out of the 3. Twin Twin will win easily, as they were smart enough to make a dance song. I could see this song having awesome staging at Eurovision that is very fun and, more importantly, very memorable.  I could see this going viral. That said, they’ll struggle with the jury.
Score: 8/10

Wiwi: I love everything about this—from the catchy chorus to the bright colors to the simple and easy-to-remember choreography. Some of you will complain this is a gimmick. Others will say France is better off with a classic chanson. Well all of you people can go buy a Patricia Kaas CD or fish an Edith Piaf record out of the vintage record shop. You need to step away from your fantasy of what French music should be and actually accept what it is. It’s not all dirges and ballads and women in black cocktail dresses crooning into a spotlight. Eurovision is about showcasing the diversity of music on the continent and this act does just that. In what has proven to be a humdrum year so far, I’m pleased to hear something fresh, modern and original. As the lead singer said on Les chansons d’abord, this song is all about joie et bonheur. Everyone loves a bit of that.

Score: 9/10

Wiwi Jury Verdict: 6.78 / 10

Final standings:
1. Twin Twin – 6.78
2. Joanna – 6.56
3. Destan – 3.10

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Zachary Thomas
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I’m going to break this down for everyone, these are my own opinions, I’m not trying to seem snotty or anything, it’s just my view on these songs. Destan: This will fail horribly if sent. Right off the bat, the jury would DECIMATE this, and when I say DECIMATE I mean it in the strongest sense of the word. They can’t sing, and the fact that the song is horrible in itself doesn’t help at all. I’m really growing tired of the “pretty boy” effect Eurovision has had recently. I want QUALITY music, not looks. I wouldn’t care if a… Read more »

Mick
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Mick

It’s very simple. If France wants a copy of somethng and an act that is trying hard to sing and be funny they should send Twin Twin. But it will not fool a jury or an international audience (maybe just some Eurovision fans stuck with uptempo songs in their head and who still think over-used gimmicks work) If France wants to opt for quality and sign their participation successfully with an artist who can deliver and a song that is appealing and genuine they should send Joanna Lagrave. Because finally, the bigger audience will not be fooled by gimmicks –… Read more »

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I love the song, we need more than “perfect ballads” in Eurovision, like Montenegro last year.

Go Twin twin!

bav
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bav

Performance must be aesthetic and energetic, to achieve a good result at Eurovision. This is the correct diagram. Such were the winning performances in recent years Eurovision Song Contest.

bav
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bav

Although the band itself is also uninteresting.

bav
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bav

You should judge the song, not the band.

Alex
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Alex

“In fact, if anyone actually cared to look at the lyrics they’d see that it’s actually a rather clever satire on the materiality of modern life.”

THANK YOU Padraig – this is exactly what’s going on. And it’s well done. My preferred winner from the French selection, but Joanna would be fine if her song gets revised, too.

Padraig Muldoon
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@Bav who says we only listen to each song once? I’ve already listened to Twin Twin about a million times. But I’m going to take your advice and listen to them some more 😀

Jade
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Jade

France have sent singers like Amandine and Anggun that flopped. Didn’t Anggun get Nil Points from the televote? I mean come on

Just because Moustache isn’t a song about love or peace on earth doesn’t make a joke entry and it doesn’t make a Twin Twin a novelty/joke act.

They bring more than a great voice but they bring fun and entertainment as well.

If Amandine, who had more stage presence and a better voice than Joanna failed, why do people think Joanna would fare any better?

I would love to see these guys in Copenhagen and hope France make the right choice

Chris
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I think Twin Twin have the winner in France. It will not bring the Eurovision to France next year, but it’s a fun song that I think will be appreciated by the audience. Destan’s performance on the night was very weak – maybe they can sing, but I wouldn’t count on it (it stinks of Austria 2004). Joanna is the other possibility – not a bad choice for a song. It’s very much a see-saw between Joanna and Twin twin. : )

Bogdan Honciuc
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Bav, this is what most of the audience/televoters will do on 10 May. A good ESC song needs to have an instant hook in order to garner support. Please calm down and respect the jury’s diverse opinions.

bav
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bav

Your rules are ridiculous. Listening to each song only once and appreciate. You should interview several times every song and then evaluate.

bav
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bav

Destan 6/10
Twin Twin 1/10

Tiggeh
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Tiggeh

@Padraig. I totally agree with your review.

Eurovision needs to inject a fun vibe again.

bav
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bav

Destan is not great, but Twin Twin is real crap.

Jenny
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Jenny

bav, destan just isn’t good unless you are a 14-year-old girl, and members of the jury are not 14 year old girls…

bav
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bav

Who is more similar to Emmelie de Forest? Destan or Twin Twin? I am consistent and I say that good copy is better than poor original.

bav
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bav

I don’t like experts and I am anti-expert.

bav
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bav

Your assessments are queer.

Zolan
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Zolan

France is all MOR this year. “Moustache” is moderately quirky, but there’s always something like it doing the rounds.

This lineup borders on satirical comment on the reception they get for stronger and stranger efforts.

PETAR
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PETAR

If France want place from 21 to 26 in final please send Twin Twin.

dhani
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i dont care if france sends twin twin or joanna. just one of those two, then im satisfied! PLEASE NO DESTAN!!,

Robyn
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Robyn

Normally with France, a serious singer comes out and they sing a serious song and then the next act comes long and I never think of the French song again. But this year, “Moustache” instantly made me smile and I never tire of listening to it. It’s even inspired me to dig into Twin Twin’s back catalogue. Yeah, it’s not just a silly song about facial hair – there’s some social commentary on consumer culture in there, a similar theme (but from a different perspective) to Lorde’s “Royals”. The fact that Twin Twin have this crazy stage persona just adds… Read more »

joey
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joey

Twin Twin for Copenhagen!!!!