Earlier this morning the Wiwi Jury—our in-house panel of musical unprofessionals—caught a bus to Druskininkai, a 19th century spa town on the Nemunas River which promised us miracle cures for our eczema, sore joints, and wrinkles. After towelling off we headed to Vilnius to review Vilija Mataciunaite’s Eurovision 2014 song “Attention”. Did Vilija’s sass and dancing ability snap us to attention? Or were we eager to get back to the spa? Read on to find out…
Angus: Vilija, honey: Squawking – even with gusto – does not a singer make. This is one ugly mess of a song – bizarre dubstep, seemingly gothic vocal and rapid fire lyrics make it a truly hideous listen. I don’t wanna give this attention – I want to lock it away somewhere never to see the light of day ever again. Needs. To. Go.
Deban: Lithuania really has an editing problem! Flashing strobe lights, a hysterically camp male dancer and a hyperactive ballerina all feature in this entry. To make matters worse, Vilija’s three-minute song fuses, pop, dubstep, rock, scatting, rhythm and blues. Even for an LP, that’s too many ideas. She starts off in a very low register, only to scream into her microphone mid-way. Two minutes into the song, I felt isolated. Hmm, not a good sign.
Anthony: I survived the 12-week marathon of Lithuania’s national selection. Was it worth the wait? Erm, no. This feels like a teenager’s bedroom: messy and hard to get into. Despite several listens, I’m still having trouble working out what “Attention” is all about. Is it pop? Is it dubstep? Or is it a muddled combination of the two? I’d say the last option is most accurate. Vilija’s a great singer, so it’s a shame she’s been given a lacklustre song. Overall, it’s a slight improvement on last year’s dreadful entry. Considering Lithuania is in the easier second semi-final, I wouldn’t be surprised if Vilija makes it four in a row and qualifies.
Billy: Mediocre. I only like the refrain and the girls singing behind Vilija. Her accent and voice are not very good, and the part where she says “I’m gonna make you fall d-d-d-down on your knees” is so bad I almost vomit. Without auto-tuning, it is appropriate for a vine video. BTW this girl is not singing. She just speaks and shrieks.
Bogdan: This is my least favourite song of all 37. I really can’t connect to it at all, as much as I want to. That being said, I like Vilija’s look, I think she is one of the more beautiful female singers this year. But that’s about it in terms of positives. Vilija tries to be fierce but comes across as obnoxious, due to this annoying track. The staging doesn’t help matters at all. If anything it makes the package even more annoying. The three minutes of “Attention” sound like a bad roller coaster ride that you regret jumping on even from the start, and at the end you feel dizzy and nauseous.
Katie: This woman is terrifying! She certainly does get our “attention” when she screams it down the microphone, but she hurts my ears at the same time. I’m wondering whether she can even speak English, because I really struggle to understand her. I’m not even going to mention her dancing, it’s like the backwards wedding march, wtf? I’ve given up on this song by time the “I’m gonna make you make you fall down da da da down on your knees” begins. Lithuania need a slap in the face if they think song is going to win them the Eurovision title.
Padraig: For some bizarre reason the song begins with cackling crows. It’s an absurd concept. Maybe I could just about grasp it if it was the precursor for some gothic brilliance from the likes of Kate Bush or Florence Welch. But no such luck. Instead we’re greeted by Vilija – Queen of the Magpies. She squawks and caws, but rarely sings. My head pounds and my ears ache. Vilija has certainly caught my attention but for all the wrong reasons.
Patrick: Last year I was disappointed that Lithuania sent Andrius Pojavis but this year I’m shocked. The Lithuanian National Final was the most boring and complicated National Selection this year filled with some of the most crap songs ever. When it came to the Final I really really wanted Vaidas Baumila to win with “Attention”. He gave it lift, whereas Vilija renders it boring. I can’t believe that Lithuanian people voted for this. This “song” is only speaking and screaming. Sorry Lithuania: I’m not paying Attention any more.
Vebooboo: If you have to scream “Attention” to make people listen, that ain’t a good sign. Also, singing about how beautiful you and your friends are is a tad desperate. Well, something tells me Vilija will be desperate for some press attention in Copenhagen, because nobody is going to be falling at her knees. This song features a woman who screams rather than sings, and has way too many chord changes packed into three measly minutes. And Vilija, for the love of God, please get rid of that black tutu that you “rocked” on stage.
Wiwi: The first time I saw the words “Vilija Mataciunaite” in print, I thought they referred to a seaside resort on the Baltic. But once I learned that Vilija Mataciunaite was a person singing “Attention”, thoughts of infinity pools and massages gave way to the sounds of slaughter and pain. Honestly, at times it sounds like she is dying, or perhaps giving birth. In a hospital without pain killers. If Eurovision is a race to the bottom, then Miss Matacuinaite wins.
All 19 members of our jury rate each song. However, we only have room to share 10 written reviews. Here are the remaining nine scores.
James L: 2/10
Maxim Montana: 2/10
William C: 7.9/10
The highest and lowest scores are removed before calculating the final score. We have dropped a low of 0.5 and a high of 7.9.
The Wiwi Jury Verdict: 2.91/10
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