Earlier this afternoon the Wiwi Jury — our in-house panel of musical unprofessionals — traveled to Sofia where we shared a very large bowl of Shkembe chorba, a soup consisting of boiled pork, beef or lamb tripe spiced with ground red paprika and dash of milk. After cleaning our bowls we sat down to review Krisia’s Junior Eurovision 2014 song “Planet of the Children.” Was it out of this world? Or did we just want to shove it away in a black hole? Read on to find out…
“Planet of the Children” reviews — Bulgaria at JESC 2014
Bogdan: I wouldn’t be surprised if this song won. It has a talented and charismatic singer, two gifted piano players and a great hook. Despite being a ballad, it still sounds like a children’s song, which is a bonus. And the piano bridge is a killer. Kudos to Bulgaria, they nailed it this year!
Ramadan: MAS-TER-PIECE! The first moments for me listening to this were just WOW! One of my favourite entries in this year’s JESC. It sounds so beautiful. I am amazed by the composition, the singing and the lyrics. Krisia’s voice really touches your soul. The two piano players really make the performance complete. Perfecto.
Denise: I have to admit, when it comes to Junior Eurovision, I prefer happy, up-tempo songs with children dancing on stage. Bulgaria doesn’t do this, but they have found three little kids to perform a great ballad. Krisia’s voice is amazing and her adorable looks makes me like her instantly. Even though Krisia seems like the big star, don’t forget the amazing Hasan and Ibrahim, two really talented pianists. This is a very strong return from Bulgaria.
Deban: Dreamy, age-appropriate and carrying a melody that speaks to my senses. This mini trio is bursting with talent, and Krisia their starlet, simply shines.
Chris: A big, dramatic ballad is hardly child’s play, but Krisia makes such a challenging song look so easy. It’s a bit too overwrought for my liking and the song really does rely a little bit too much on its chorus, but Krisia blows away a lot of those issues with her voice alone. Hassan and Ibrahim may be background players for the most part, but will probably be a key part of the staging when we get to Malta and that could help the Bulgarians out massively. This one is a real contender.
Renske: I really, really enjoy the pureness of this song. Where two boys sit behind a piano and one girl sings with a beautiful voice. This is really original and unique. The song is beautiful and it will do well for sure. The fact that they sing about a planet of children makes it even better.
Patrick: When I heard it the first time, I got goosebumps – and those goosebumps are still there. I’m really happy that Bulgaria is in the contest again, but I never thought they would come up with such a talented girl like Krisia and those piano boys! This song is sooo beautiful, Krisia’s voice is so touching – oh c’mon everything is beautiful in this song! WELL DONE BULGARIA!
Mario: From Krisia’s voice to the simplicity of the lyrics and richness of the music, the Bulgarian act is nothing but a masterpiece. I find Krisia’s voice the closest to Gaia’s, and the live version proves it even more. The twins play their pianos very passionately. I even like how Krisia pulls a mini Esma when doing all those clothing changes.
Sopon: I very much enjoy Krisia’s voice. However, there is something in the song I don’t like, and I just can’t figure out what it is. Maybe the background is too loud, therefore overshadowing her voice? I’m not overly impressed, but I give Krisia much credit for her larger-than-life vocals.
Liam: The hatred towards this song is extremely unwarranted. Krisia’s voice is amazing and she can sing live, and Hasan and Ibrahim’s work on the piano is amazing. This song, in my opinion has a great chance of winning, and I look forward to what Krisia, Hasan and Ibrahim can bring forth on the big night.
William: Krisia sings about a Planet of the Children, and she takes us to another world. This is dreamy, moving, and shows off her pitch-perfect vocals. A true talent accompanied by an adorable set of twins. Could this be our next winner?
Some of our jurors have decided to provide only scores.
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 5.5 and a high of 10.