Georgia’s national selection for Eurovision 2015 takes place on January 14, but voters in the country are already voting. Sadly we don’t have a Georgian passport or mobile phone, but we do have opinions on each of the five competing songs. So over the next week the Wiwi Jury — our in-house panel of musical unprofessionals — will review each of the five acts. We’re honest and uncensored, and we promise this hurts us more than it hurts you. Today we turn to Edvard Meison and his song “We are Freeee”. Did it leave us feeling liberated — or just irritated? Read on to find out…
Reviews: Edvard Meison’s “We Are Freeee”
Angus: This lacks inspiration. It ticks every box for Europop but delivers nothing refreshing or new. This could have appeared at any of the last few contests and doesn’t have a lot to commend. The appropriation of the “We Are Free” message is one of the biggest crimes – it is such an insincere song title and completely superficial. The spoken section through the bridge is the final nail in the coffin here.
Liam: I enjoy the verses of the song a lot. It gives the chorus a high bar to reach for. Unfortunately, the chorus falls really short. Edvard tries so hard to show off his vocals that it sounds like someone crying for help.
Deban: Edvard struggles to deliver for three minutes. His voice is just overstretched. In addition, he brings a mis-spelt song-title cliche and a dated dance-beat to the show. His styling is also reminiscent of Glen Vella, and a million other ESC national selection wannabes. In conclusion, “We Are Freee” makes Tooji’s “Stay” sound like a masterpiece….That’s not a good thing!
Francheska: Can somebody explain the reason behind the 5 e’s? That unnecessary spelling mistake aside, I have the strange suspicion that I’ve heard this song before. I swear, the beginning sounds a bit like the chorus from “Euphoria”, or maybe I’m hallucinating. This song is half-baked: trying to be danceable but not able to make anybody jump out of their seats. At the same time, however, it’s not absolutely awful. It’s just a half-baked chocolate cake: it has potential to be good, but it’s not there yet.
Patrick: Yeah, Edvard needs attention. I mean, why does he need 5 e’s instead of 2? That doesn’t make the song better at all. To be honest, I can see Edvard performing in Vienna. “We are freeeee” is not a bad song. It’s quite catchy and with lyrics which get stuck in your head. He just has to work on his voice like crazy! Especially the high notes, which are horrible. The song is definitely made for Eurovision and it could do well if he hires a good vocal coach!
Ramadan: How many e’s does that title need?!? It’s very boring, dated and the only thing good was the backing singers. The song isn’t making me dance at all I’m afraid. Edvard’s voice is good and the song has potential. It needs a lot of work if this is going to Vienna.
Renske: The song itself is quite good, but I think at Eurovision it would just seem average and unnecessary. Even so, I think this song is good enough to win the Georgian final. Edvard’s vocals are not bad!
Robyn: One of the best things about this song is that the title is spelt with five E’s, which is actually a reflection of how the chorus is sung. It’s a decent enough modern dance track but there’s nothing remarkable about it. If it made it to Vienna, the song, the performance and Edward’s vocals would all need work.
Sami: I have no idea what my fellow jurors are talking about because this song is great! I don’t know what’s the meaning behind those 5 E’s in the song title, but ignoring that – I really like this song! It’s not the most original song, and it sure has the Eurovision-vibe stuck to it, but it makes me dance, it makes me feel good and I would really like to see this in Vienna. I also like the small break between the verses and the chorus (although it sounded weird on first listen). He could be also a real contender in our race to win Eurovision’s Next Top Male Model.
Sopon: Eye h8 meking speling misteaks, so remembring that ther ar faiv e’s is goin 2 b painfull. The anthemic tune is amazing, it’s similar to some of America’s better modern music (you know, the kind we listen to after that “Bang Bang” crap). It’s downfall, sadly, is the extremely clichéd text. Eurovision has been held for sixty years, so I’m sure that each sentence in this song can be found in another song sung in our dear contest. It’s sad to see such a mismatch in quality between the music and lyrics, but I’ll rate in favor of the music.
William: As a dance track it stands out from the pack, and I like that the title reflects the extended “We are Freeeee” Edvard sings. That said, he gets a bit squawky on the high notes, and the talked-through bridge is a bit underwhelming. I think Edvard is better than this song.