Last night, the Wiwi Jury – our in-house panel of music unprofessionals, got really stressed out and we headed to the country. We went camping, and listened to “We Don’t Worry” by Ira Konstantinidis. Are you carefree after listening to this? Or are you getting concerned? See what our Wiwi Jury has to say!
Ira Konstantinidis – “We Don’t Worry”
Ramadan: Ira should be worrying because this is very bad. Ira’s voice doesn’t work well with the song and it’s cliche all over it. I’m not feeling it.
Colin: This song is great fun! It is catchy up beat, and I would not worry if it went to the Eurovision Song Contest. There is a lot of great vocals. I could imagine hearing it on radios all over Europe.
Max: Was this a song that KT Tunstall didn’t want or something? I’m not a fan of songs that rely heavily on guitars and not much else. It all seems rather bare and bland. When the drums come in (a staple of Eurovision songs nowadays) it picks up a bit but I think I’d use this as the perfect toilet break if it got picked. Ira may not worry but I will if Norway decides to choose this.
Sopon: This screams summer radio hit, not massive stadium hit. I can tell that this song is forgettable by how I was able to finish up some side work while listening and not notice when the song was over. We need a stronger ending, Ida!
Francheska: This is so campy: and I’m not talking the RuPaul or fun kind of campy, but like this belongs in a summer camp at some unpronounceable lake in Minnesota. It’s boring, repetitive, and so unprofessional. Even her impressive eyebrow game can’t make up for the mundane simplicity of the guitar and sparse use of percussion. If Norway actually selects this, I’ll worry about Norway’s chances of qualifying this year!
Angus: The bridge in this is everything. Unfortunately that’s about two minutes into the song and whether anyone will stick around for the ubiquitous folksy verses and chorus is doubtful.
Patrick: The song doesn’t make any impression on me. I think it’s more a radio song for background music but not for the biggest stage of the world! Ira has a normal sweet voice, no stand-out but still good. I think she will try to impress with a great performance but based on the song, I’m a bit bored.
Robyn: This is a really cute li’l song, but it also feels like it’s been cobbled together using bits of popular songs from the past. So there ends up being an uncanny familiarity – moments of “Oh, I love this song! Oh wait, I was thinking of something else.” Also, it takes cojones to copy-paste the main refrain from The Gap Band’s classic track “Oops Upside Your Head”.
Anthony: One of this year’s finalists is a solo female singer from Northern Europe with Greek roots. Sounds familiar? However, “We Don’t Worry” from Ira is a far cry to Helena Paparizou. Expect a lot of guitar strumming on this one, but it really gets you into the toe-tapping mood. And the amount of “oh-we-oh-we-oh” involved is reminiscent to the “why-y-y, why-y-y-y?” from Trijntje Oosterhuis.
Josh: Ira, darling. “We Don’t Worry”? You should worry, because this song ain’t going nowhere. It’s sad because this song could’ve been great. The chorus is weak and has no hook that makes me want to listen further.
James: This song is really not that bad. I will probably end up downloading this after MGP finishes – of course, if it wins it’ll be on the CD, but I’m not so hopeful. The backing singers really help Ira pull this off, and it’s definitely a catchy number, especially with that ever-so-slightly ooo-eee thing in the bridge. Love the orchestral burst two minutes into the song; at that point I just wanted to hug the producer behind this song. But does it shine? It’ll depend on how well Ira pulls this off on the night.
Renske: As she is not very experienced in singing yet, the composer seems not very experienced in songwriting. I’m sorry, but this song sounds like a mess. I feel that just heard a compilation of small parts of different songs after each other.
Deban: Lyrically, this number is packed with cliche after cliche, offering listeners an uninspiring experience. In addition, Ira’s voice doesn’t make me yearn for me. Lots of references about partying hard and not worrying about a thing. However, I must say, I’m really worried for Norway here. How did this slip into the finals?
The highest and lowest scores are removed before calculating the final score. We have dropped a low of 1.5 and a high of 7.
The Wiwi Jury Verdict: 3.95/10