Last night the Wiwi Jury—our in-house panel of musical unprofessionals—headed to San Marino to see if there are any singers there besides Valentina Monetta. We then stumbled upon The Peppermints and decided to review their Junior Eurovision 2014 song “Breaking My Heart”. Did their number mend our broken heart? Or did we suffer a pulmonary embolism? Read on to find out…
Chris: I want to like this song a lot more than I actually do. It’s clear that some of the girls are better singers than others and they’re able to hide this a lot better in the chorus, but the solo sections can be a real slog to get through – it’s what torpedoed “Blue”, for example, at Eurovision 2011. I wonder if there may be some tweaking for the live performance, which would make this actually rather good song a much bigger threat than it is at the moment.
William: I dont know why, but I absolutely love this. The chorus of voices blends well, aided by the fact there is next to no effort at harmonizing. But who cares! What really gets me is the vintage, 1980s feel of this. You could imagine it on the soundtrack to Top Gun. Maybe that’s why it’s been looping on my computer for days! LOVE.
Mario: The girls of The Peppermints are sweet, modern, and typically Italian. Their song is 80’s inspired, but it still brings the modern feel. I like that. However, their voices aren’t compatible, and sometimes come off as screamy. As it looks now, they won’t be winners, but they may rate well among teenage girls like themselves.
Deban: The Peppermints have quite an impressive CV when you combine their individual talents. However, as a collective, much of it fails to translate or impress. It’s shouty, and at best, haphazard. Rest assured, “Breaking My Heart” won’t be breaking the summit of the scoreboard.
Sopon: San Marino has a very retro-style entry, just like last year. Being a fan of 70’s and 80’s pop, I can appreciate the composition, and it definitely stands out against the modern songs we’ve got this year. It also seems like a fun song to sing. But will this one do as well as Michele last year? I wouldn’t be so sure. The vocals aren’t sweet as sugar, but perhaps a bit bumpy as rock candy!
Bogdan: I like the actual melody, but I feel like the lyrics do not match it at all — a song about a break-up is usually not this upbeat. The girls’ singing does not help either, it’s a bit shouty and it sounds like the voices were recorded and mixed at the last minute. I am hoping they have time to iron out the flaws before November 15 because, as it stands now, the song is not a winner, at least in my book.
Renske: The Peppermints try to sing an everyday pop song, but it doesn’t give me any sparks. It’s really sad because since Georgia’s Candy in 2011 there haven’t been many girl bands in Junior Eurovision. I’m curious about how their live vocals will sound and how their act will look. I hope they can deliver something special (or at least some peppermints).
Patrick: The Peppermints – San Marino’s hope for this JESC – not a winner but good! I really like the Italian language and these girls can sing really really well! It’s a bit old-fashioned but still nice and sweet! “You’re breaking my heart” is a classic dance-song in the Junior Eurovision and it will do well.
Ramadan: It’s a nice uptempo song from San Marino. Hopefully the live performance won’t be a disaster. If this is performed well in JESC, I could see this doing very well. One problem is that the song takes more than one listen to get under your skin. Good luck, San Marino!
Liam: The melody is great and each girl’s vocal performance is strong. They are all so different, and I like each of their voices individually, but when put together, it sounds as though each girl is in a huge battle to be noticed. I still like it though.
The highest and lowest scores are dropped prior to calculating the average score. This is to remove outliers and reduce potential bias. We have removed a low of 5 and a high of 8.5.