The Wiwi Jury – our international in-house panel of music un-professionals – is over halfway through our grand tour of Europe. We’ve heard the fab, the drab and the ruul, ruul ugly (Georgia that shade was for you). The jury has gotten bigger, the opinions have gotten fiercer and the scores have gotten harsher. You have to work if you want to impress this panel. Jurors from across the world – including Finland, Australia, the United Kingdom, the United States, Ireland, Croatia and Hungary to name just a few of the countries represented – have cast their opinions and made their voices heard. With 21 of the 37 entries reviewed and ranked, it’s time for a halfway round-up.
Leading the jury with an impressive average of 8.06 is Ireland’s Can-Linn and Kasey with their song ‘Hearbeat’. It well and truly lit the jury’s fire. Their lowest score was a 7. That’s higher than some country’s highest scores! The Irish entry came within .30 of last year’s Wiwi Jury winner Anouk and her song ‘Birds’.
Close but robbed of victorious champagne is Israel’s fierce diva Mei Feingold and her song ‘Same Heart’. We loved her music video, her stage presence and her threat to ‘skin’ someone out, but that didn’t stop her from receiving a 0 from one of our jurors. Of course, that 0 didn’t stop her from averaging an impressive 7.66.
Rounding out the all-female Top 3 is Italy’s Emma Marrone and her dark rock track ‘La Mia Citta’. We loved how Emma slayed in her video but a few of our jurors were left wanting a little più.
At the opposite end of the spectrum we have a song crying for attention, one crying for tolerance and one…well one that just left us crying (hysterically or otherwise). Lithuania only scored a 2.91 for ‘Attention’. Vilija was slammed for ‘squawking’, attacked because she ‘shrieks’ and reprimanded for the fashion faux pas of that tutu. MEOW.
Iceland’s Pollapönk didn’t get off much easier either with an average score of 2.85. Some found it intolerable, some found the fashion questionable and some…found them voiceless.
In last place is Georgia and its song ‘Three Minutes To Earth’. The fact they merit their own paragraph speaks volumes about all the Jury’s feelings about the Shin and Mariko. One of us cited Nicki and pleaded please ‘don’t play that song again.’ That set the tone for what we thought about the Georgian entry – there was a suggestion to pull the staircase from under them to keep them in orbit, derided as bizarre and most damningly labelled, “a hotchpotch of musical calamities.” Yikes.
The Wiwi Jury Rankings as of 22nd April 2014:
Eurovision 2014 reviews and rankings
4. Azerbaijan: Dilara with “Start a Fire” (6.76)
5. Greece: Freaky Fortune feat. Riskykidd with “Rise Up” (6.62)
7. Estonia: Tanja with “Amazing” (6.45)
8. Montenegro: Sergej Cetkovic with “Moj svijet” (My World) (6.25)
9. Slovenia: Tinkara Kovach with “Spet/Round and Round” (6.21)
10. Finland: Softengine with “Something Better” (6.19)
11. Belgium: Axel Hirsoux with “Mother” (5.15)
12. Switzerland: Sebalter with “Hunter of Stars” (5.12)
13. Portugal: Suzy with “Quero Ser Tua” (4.8)
14. Netherlands: The Common Linnets with “Calm After the Storm” (4.44)
15. Russia: The Tolmachevy Twins with “Shine” (4.43)
16. Malta: Firelight with “Coming Home” (4.02)
18. Latvia: Aarzemnieki with ‘Cake To Bake‘ (3.03)
19. Lithuania: Vilija Mataciunaite with “Attention” (2.91)
20. Iceland: Pollapönk with “No prejudice” (2.85)
21. Georgia: The Shin with “Three Minutes to Earth” (1.79)
Eurovision 2014 contestants left to review
Albania: Hersiana Matmuja with “One Night’s Anger”
Armenia: Aram Mp3 with “Not Alone”
Austria: Conchita Wurst with “Rise like a Phoenix”
Denmark: Basim with “Cliché Love Song”
France: Twin Twin with “Moustache”
Germany: Elaiza with “Is it Right”
Hungary: András Kállay-Saunders with “Running”
Moldova: Cristina Scarlat with “Wild Soul”
Norway: Carl Espen with “Silent Storm”
Poland: Donatan and Cleo with “Slavic Girls”
Romania: Paula Seling & Ovi with “Miracle”
San Marino: Valentina Monetta with “Maybe”
Spain: Ruth Lorenzo with “Dancing in the Rain”
Sweden: Sanna Nielsen with “Undo”
Ukraine: Maria Yaremchuk with “Tick-Tock”
United Kingdom: Molly Smitten-Downes with “Children of the Universe”
- Wiwi Jury: Read all of our 2013 reviews and rankings
- Wiwi Jury: Read all of our 2012 reviews and rankings