The Wiwi Jury – our in-house panel of music unprofessionals – continues its whistle-stop tour of Ireland, and today we take some time to assess Nikki Kavanagh’s Eurosong entry “Memories”. Will we remember this effort as fondly as her 2011 song “Falling”? Read on to find out…
William A: Nikki begins by saying that she doesn’t want to be another tragedy — is she talking about Ireland’s recent record at Eurovision? In any event, she’s got a great voice and this song really shows it off. The chorus is dramatic, stirring and memorable and I’m confident she will deliver it flawlessly. That said, I think this song lacks the progression and build of Erika Selin’s. “Memories” starts to get repetitive after the second minute.
Louis: I don’t know what to thing about this, it’s fine, but I’m worried it would leave Ireland in last place again. Also not sure whether it’s too high for Nikki and if she is struggling to reach her high notes (hence all the shouting). Accompanied by random drum beats and uneventful background music, I’m not jumping on the bandwagon with this one.
Robyn: It’s another Sia-inspired song with a massive shouty chorus (complete with lyrics about actual shouting). What’s she shouting about? Some sort of independent woman malarky? With Ireland in the same semi half as Malta’s similar “Warrior”, there’s a risk that despite the shouting, this just wouldn’t stand out.
William C: The song is okay. But I have a feeling Nikki will struggle with this on the night. Then again her vocals on “Falling” were anything but bad. I think in the actual contest this would be make or break, either do really good or absolutely horrible. There are quite a lot of shouty songs this years, so I’m not sure what would make Nikki stand out. Staging? Hah! Overall, a bit too middle of the road.
Mike: It’s a decent song, but I am afraid Nikki could have bad “Memories” about her possible Eurovision experience. If she wins she’ll be in the same half of the second semi-final as Malta’s Amber, and the two acts will steal each other’s votes. Nikki should give Eurovision another try when she finds a suitable song which fits her voice. Because she really is a very good singer.
Kristín: This is so much better than Amber’s “Warrior”, and the song sticks with me a lot longer. It’s a great melody and Nikki surely gives it her all. I’m still recovering from the blank space/hot mess that was Kasey Smith last year, and I’m determined to have high hopes that Nikki will bring back my trust in my beloved Celts, should she make it to Vienna. Werk it girl!!
Denise: This is really good. I have to say that Nikki was my firm favourite with “Falling” in 2011, so I had high hopes for “Memories”. She hasn’t let me down. There are a lot of high notes (actually, there are only high notes) and we already know that she’s a pretty good singer. I’m just a little bit afraid that this song will ask too much and that her voice won’t be able to handle it
Mikhail: This is an awesome song! It’s so powerful, and I can almost feel the emotions striking me. I really hope that she can come out with a great Eurosong performance, because “shouting” parts are really hard to do live, as we saw with Amber, whose high “scream” notes were quite irritating.
Padraig: It’s unfortunate that from the off Nikki’s song has been compared to the likes of Malta’s “Warrior” and Switzerland’s “Time To Shine”, but alas, this is inevitable in a contest like Eurovision. “Memories” has plenty of merits in its own right – most notably Nikki’s phenomenal vocals. It’s certainly as good as “Falling”, if not better. One of two stand out songs in Eurosong, although there is a real risk it could sink beneath the other power ballads in Vienna. A risk worth taking? Possibly.
Angus: Kasey Smith bombed last year when she was stripped of her autotune safety net. Nikki Kavanagh’s voice has been similarly and audibly tweaked. That’s a future issue though, and the fact Nikki is the only act we’re even discussing a future for speaks volumes. The clear standout from the competition and the unquestionable winner.