It’s the end of the journey for our Wiwi Jury, as our team of music un-professionals have reached the final song in Die Grosse Entscheidungsshow 2015. The Swiss national final has thrown us all different types of song, with Tiziana Gulino, the latest winner of the Voice of Switzerland, the last act to be reviewed. Did she manage to empower them with “Only Human“?
William: I can tell that Tiziana is really feeling this song. Her eyes are closed and at times she seriously looks like she is in pain. That’s lovely. Unfortunately this song is a bit too lullaby for me. The first minute feels like three, and, like a couple without any chemistry, the climax never comes. She deserves a better song.
Sopon: This song is the spitting image of “Stay”, that hit from Lisa Loeb – from the 1990s. I can’t even make a “two thousand and late” joke here, that’s how dated this song is! Combine that with lyrics eerily similar to “Only Teardrops” (sappy, soggy, and saturated with “I’m disappointed in humanity” sentiment) and you have an entry that seems lovable on the surface, but empty on the inside.
Zach: It’s an interesting song, if a tad forgettable. I can see why Tiziana won The Voice Of Switzerland as her vocals are truly something to behold. But the lyrics are a little cheesy, the song sounds a little dated, and I don’t think televoters would dial in en masse for her if she’s sent to Vienna. But her popularity might be enough for her to win the national final, I suppose we’ll see in due time.
Patrick: We are only human after all – so true! Tiziana is really lovely! That girl really can sing and blast out perfect notes. She is well-known in Switzerland and people will love her at the national final. “Only Human” is a beautiful ballad with lovely lyrics and a touching melody. Her voice fits in perfectly and she is just charming! I just miss the part where it gets me, I don’t have goosebumps when I listen to the song. The song repeats the chorus way too much – but many songs are like that. Lovely, just lovely!
Angus: This is nice but makes absolutely no impact. Inoffensive to the point of being utterly forgettable. The only moderate lift comes through the bridge and by that point it is simply too late to form a memory in people’s minds. Iris suffered for that mistake at Baku in 2012 and Tiziana hasn’t even made it out of her national selection yet. Your voice is lovely, the lyrics nice but as a package it’s going to get forgotten. #Sorrynotsorry.
Sami: At first it’s just a nice and sweet little song, but after two minutes I’m already asleep. I hate how she sings the whole song in the same, dull tone. I’m sure she is a talented artist, but with a song this boring, there’s no way she should be sent to Vienna.
Renske: She was definitely the rightful winner of the Voice of Switzerland, but sadly for her, Eurovision is more than only having a good voice, that’s why it’s called the Eurovision Song Contest. Her song could have been her winner single of the Voice, it’s not really that special. I think that she’s a bit too young and too inexperienced to be at such a big stage as Eurovision yet. If she doesn’t win the NF, I hope that we’ll see her back later with a better song. The Eurovision stage will be hers, but not now.
Josh: The calming guitar in the beginning of the song immediately captivated me. Tiziana has a very pretty voice and it suits the melody and feel of the song. Towards the end of the track it becomes quite the anthem and memorable. I think it’s a great entry. It could provide a great breather between two dynamic songs in Vienna. I like it a lot!
Ramadan: Tiziana has a really beautiful voice, but I’m afraid in Eurovision, it’s about the whole package. This song is quite boring and makes no impact at all. She has no presence at all. With that, she seriously needs to work on her stage presence. I think I would be better off sleeping than hearing this song, to be honest. She definitely deserves a better song.
Chris: There is absolutely no doubt that Tiziana is an incredible singer and she’s actually even better live than in the produced version. She’s engaging and she certainly has the basics down for a great career. However, “Only Human” suffers from being just *too* nice – and that’s not going to cut it really on a Eurovison stage. I also feel that it gets a bit too repetitive at the end and Tiziana’s talent alone just can’t pull it back enough for me.
Deban:: I’ve always been partial to songs that are titled “Human”. Tiziana’s version is no exception. Her crystal clear vocals secured her a victory in her country’s biggest TV talent show, and her touching performance connects with many listeners. The fragility of the lyrical content, and her forbearance provide a believable combination which may catapult her to international fame.
Anthony: As the recent winner of last year’s The Voice of Switzerland, I’m all too aware Tiziana remains as popular as ever. Obviously she can sing live, but I do fear the song might fall flat on the Eurovision televoters in Vienna. I still wouldn’t rule out her chances of winning the national final though.
Robyn: Tiziana has a beautiful, clear voice, but this is such a boring song. The chorus is way too repetitive, with the final minute of the song being repeated variations of “We’re only human after all”. It’s like the songwriter had one good idea and then stretched it out to three minutes. In the end, it just ends up being a really unengaging song, a waste of Tiziana’s talent.
The highest and lowest scores have been removed before calculating the final scores to avoid bias. We have removed a high of 8 and a low of 2.
The Wiwi Jury Verdict: 4.9/10
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