It’s been a busy day for the Wiwi Jury — our in-house panel of musical unprofessionals. We woke up early to visit the Acropolis and then turned to another wonder: Shaya Hansen. Born in Denmark, she’s a favourite to win Greece’s Eurosong 2015, so we just had to review her song “Sunshine.” Did it bring the heat? Read on to find out…
“Sunshine” — Shaya Hansen
William A: It’s like Ruslana had a bit too much to drink, got on a bus in Kyiv, wound up in Thessaloniki and decided to perform at Eurosong. This is a melange of so many sounds and cultures that it shouldn’t work, yet somehow it does. I love how Shaya fills the pauses not with her voice but with her booty. You betta werk!
Sami: This song really brings some sunshine to this competition! I love the traditional instruments and the chorus is really beautiful. It’s a little bit like “Only Teardrops”, but I love that too, so I don’t really mind. I really hope Greece sends this to Vienna!
Deban: Fun, energetic and upbeat, but make no mistake, Shaya ain’t no Shewolf. However, in a field of shockingly weak entries, “Sunshine” offers a glimmer of hope. A clever bouzouki cameo reminds listeners that this track has Greece stamped on it.
Robyn: With so many thrilling songs in the Greek final this year, it’s disappointing to find one that’s just really average. The intro takes too long to get going, and the lyrics are annoyingly lightweight (though the line “sunshine, let me be your wife” is brilliant). There are plenty of countries that would love a song like this, but Greece can do so much better.
William C: The Greek music at the introduction is very fitting. The lyrics are so settling for me, and make sense! I love this so much. I hope Greece either send her or “One Last Breath”. Like Ireland, Greece has two standouts to choose from.
Billy: Well, Shaya really knows hot to “Shake It”. I like the song, as it melds Eastern, Greek and European elements. “Sunshine” has original lyrics, but some parts seem stolen from “Only Teardrops”. This style is tried and tested, so it can’t go too badly for her. She has the style, fame and talend needed for Eurovision. So, why not?
Max: Shaya has totally brought sunshine to my life with this track! The use of a clarinet is so unique and something I doubt will be seen from any other countries this year. Yes, the lyrics are pretty predictable and repetitive but it’s a good thing because it stays in our heads! The musical break half way through is my favourite part as I can imagine what they are going to do on the stage during this bit. So much potential. I just hope the staging doesn’t let it down.
Patrick: OMG, if somebody deserves to win, then it’s Shaya! When she was announced as one of the hopefuls, I really expected something amazing and she brought more than I expected! Wow, I can already imagine how she would slay in Vienna. Everybody would be dancing to that party song and Greece could reach the Top 10 again! I hope she is as good live as in the studio version – GO SHAYA!