Earlier today, the Wiwi Jury — our in-house team of music unprofessionals — continued our journey through Latvia ahead of the big final of Supernova 2015 this Sunday. As we love exciting things, we went canoeing in the Gauja valley and had a lot of splashy, water-fun! Of course, we couldn’t forget to review the song “Take Me Down” sung by Markus Riva. Yes, we already rated the studio version. But did our opinions change after seeing it live?
Markus Riva – “Take Me Down”
Anthony: Personal favourite Rihards Berzins agonizingly missed out, so it’s onto my second choice favourite. A very contemporary and deep R&B pop ballad, I can imagine this song getting frequent airplay on radio stations across Europe. Markus definitely has the looks and the vocals to take this down and onto the stage. If Latvia actually have any common sense for once, send him to Vienna puh-lease!
Deban: I wrestle with lustful thoughts as I judge this entry. I barely understand what he’s saying, but when I peer into his eyes and hear the conviction in his voice, all is forgiven. I hear a song brimming with sensitivity as his breathy vocals tingle me in the right places.
Denise: This song is good, but I prefer his entry “Lights on” from last year. His second performance was way better than his first, so I really trust in Markus. I’m sure he can make an amazing show out of it. And I have to say, his looks are giving this song some bonus points!!!
Judit: I love the song, I love Markus, I love everything about it! I can’t wait see him standing on the stage again. If Latvia won’t send him I will cry, because he would be perfect. “Take Me Down” can help me through my worst moments and it could help Latvia end its bad run in Eurovision as well. Finger crossed!
Louis: It’s a good song, but nothing to write home about. I feel Markus doesn’t do enough with it and maybe with another singer, I would be inclined to give it the justice it deserves.
Mikhail: I liked this song. It is dynamic with a good rhythm. However, Mr. “I don’t like to show flesh” tries to get a lot of votes with his sexy body and it works, I guess, but it is not the best thing to do. It would be much better for him to pay more attention to his vocals and pronunciation.
Patrick: This song is probably the best for this year’s Eurovision. Markus is a great singer, surely not the best voice in Latvia, but he can deliver and do a great performance. He was way better in the semifinal than in the heat – I think he felt more comfy! This is modern, has a great beat and is cool!
Robyn: There’s a lot of potential here. It’s a dynamic song, but the ending is anticlimactic. Markus has a great look and moves well, but his pronunciation needs to be improved, especially sharpening the often repeated “wid you”. If Latvia are serious about qualifying this year, there will be a lot to work to do.
Sopon: My eyes might love Markus, but my ears aren’t loving him so much. The aura of this entry is just so mediocre and mainstream. Like PeR in 2013, Markus is performing a regular song, and there isn’t much special about him.
William: If he wants to go down, I’m there. This song sounds very expensive, and it’s a pleasure to hear how far Markus’ voice has come in the past year. This looks great. He sounds great. And I’d be happy for him to sing at Eurovision. Aminita and MNTHA bring something more original. But as Markus proves there is nothing wrong with being mainstream.