The Wiwi Jury – our in-house team of music unprofessionals – flew to Hungary for a second look at the A Dal 2015 finalists. First up were Spoon, the four-member boyband with a huge fan base. The A Dal jury have never gave them enough points but it looks like the public, or teen girls want them to represent Hungary. But what does our team make of them? Read on to find out…
Angus: I feel like in conceiving this Spoon tripped up and threw every boyband cliche at ‘Keep Marching On’. This is cute but too light-weight to make a real dent in the competition.
Deban: There’s a well established band called “Spoon”. They’re probably not filing charges because they see these lightweights as no threat. The boyband era is far behind us. Spoon are force-feeding this fizz to us. I’m bracing myself for now… but I may draw out a knife shortly.
Patrick: I am still of the opinion that Spoon are just a One Direction rip-off, but I must admit that they were much better in the semi. The song is actually quite fancy and lovely, you could listen to it just about any time or anywhere. The Jury ranked it fourth and the fangirls did their dirty-business – welcome to the final, guys!
Max: First can I just say that Spoon is a ridiculous name for a band and the song isn’t what Hungary should be sending to Vienna. The whistling introduction is light, joyful and easy on the ears but then when they start singing I just want to throw my speakers through the window. The lyrics are dire, the voices aren’t much better and if I was them I’d stick to whistling as I’d much rather listen to three minutes of that.
Renske: Vocally it’s not the best, but it still sounds OK. I feel there’s no chemistry between them and the song. Overall I like the song, it’s a small song. It’s a pity that they are making it so big with the LED screen and the staging. And please, one instrument per person, it’s fustrating to see someone playing piano and cajón at the same time. I hope to see them back in the future with a better song. Score: 6/10 Francheska: I actually quite like it! It’s nice and chirpy, and makes me smile with giddy happiness. In a year full of electropop and whatnot, it’s nice to get a couple of nice lads that don’t mind going acoustic and simple. They seem to have a fun energy that translates well in the song (read that as: maybe their faces made an impact on my judging. MAYBE). Score: 8/10
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Judit: I have a sense of deja vu. Two years ago ByeAlex was in the same situation, the jury never gave him enough points but the public always saved him. If Spoon make it to the top four I think they have a real chance, but it all depends on the jury. I like the song and yes, they are good-looking, don’t hate them because of this.
Robyn: There’s been a huge improvement with staging between the heat and the semi-final. The awkward cluster around a park bench is gone, with Spoon presented upfront as more of a band than a boyband. This works well, but there’s still something missing with the weak vocals. There’s work to be done before the final.
Padraig: Zero chemistry. Zero charm. These four are more like last year’s French national finalists Destan than One Direction. The whistling brings back memories of Sebalter, but without the sense of warmth and fun. Magnificent cheek bones and luscious lips may win the hearts of gays and gals, but an average song will not win Eurovision. Also, get rid of the guitars!