On our penultimate day in Eire, the Wiwi Jury – our in-house panel of music unprofessionals – headed north of the border, to visit Eoghan Quigg’s home county of Derry and review his Eurosong entry “The Movie Song”. Is Eoghan on the verge of Euro-Oscar glory, or is he set for a load of Euro-Razzies? Read on to find out.
Deban: With Ruth Lorenzo in Spain, and now Eoghan Quigg hoping to represent Ireland in Copenhagen, regional pre-selections are shaping up into post reality-TV projects. This is a radio friendly offering that keeps you tapping your toes. The message is light, hopeful and romantic. It’s the perfect number for a one-man boyband.
Zach: Textbook example of “boy toy bubblegum” pop. Harmless lyrics that sound like a teenager wrote them bored in school for a garage concert, lots of vocal processing, and a cute face with a good body to go along with it. And unfortunately, based on previous years, I’m really sad to say I think Ireland will fall for it again. This song is a BIG step down from Ryan Dolan, yes Ryan’s vocal wasn’t amazing, but at least his song had some flavour, this one is just really dull. Eoghan will not qualify if he is sent, and I’m really thinking Ireland will make the same “prepubescent hormone crazy girls will vote for him because of his looks” mistake and choose him over a quality vocalist. I hope they prove me wrong.
Anthony: Just like baby faced Eoghan himself, this entry is as cute as a button and reminiscent of Bruno Mars’ “The Lazy Song”. Unfortunately, cute isn’t always a good thing and this turns out to be quite a forgettable effort. As comedian Harry Hill once pointed out on his TV Burp show, Eoghan has an infamous voting face. He’s probably going to need it. #TeamEoghan, you might be in for some disappointment.
Sami: This would be a nice song to hear on the radio, but I wouldn’t give it a second listen. It just doesn’t have anything to make me want to listen to it again, which is maybe the most important thing in Eurovision, if a song is to proceed to the final. The chorus is lovely and sweet, but there’s nothing really memorable in the whole song. Listenable, but not for Eurovision.
Padraig: I’m sorry, but this has to be one of the cringiest “serious” songs I’ve ever heard. What self-respecting 21 year old would use the word “groovy” simply because no one says it any more? If that’s the case you may as well throw in the likes of spiffing and chum, and invite Enid Blyton round for tea and scones. I’d like to think Eoghan could do better, but as this sounds virtually identical to his last single way back in 2009, I doubt it. As to whether Ireland can do better? Hell yeah they can!
Katie: Who wrote these lyrics? They’re certainly not the best I’ve heard. But despite that, the guitar riffs are quite nice. It’s still quite mediocre and gets REALLY annoying by the second chorus. It would be very forgettable if it got to Copenhagen. Come on Eoghan, you can do better than this! Where’s the X Factor spirit?
Patrick: The name of the song stands for quality… It would be a great soundtrack for a love story, but I’m sorry this is Eurovision. His voice is not the best and the song is really 00’s. The lyrics are not special and the melody is annoying. Maybe some teen-girls will vote for him but for Eurovision it won’t last. Sometimes it has some nice notes but ultimately it’s a really boring and vacuous song.
William C: “The Movie Song” is quite a stupid title for a song. I don’t like it at all and it is my least favourite in the National Final. However, I expect this to win. Hopefully, another act will fly the Irish flag in Copenhagen.
Angus: If you have a sweet tooth, then with Eoghan you’re in luck. This song is dripping in sugar, spice and everything nice. Eoghan croons his way through what’s basically a massively slow-down rip-off of “Tomorrow” from 2013. Knock-offs do not have a great track record at the contest and “The Movie Song” just struggles to go anywhere. The only thing going for this song is name recognition of Eoghan and even that’s thin on the ground beyond Ireland and the UK.
Wiwi Jury Verdict: 3.72/10
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Photos: Eoghan Quigg