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…
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
Padraig: 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
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!
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.
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.
Wiwi Jury Verdict: 6.78 / 10