Today the Wiwi Jury — our in-house panel of music unprofessionals — landed in beautiful Slovenia. After snapping some cute selfies for Insta at Ljubljana Cathedral, we put on our biggest set of headphones and sat down to review Maraaya and their Eurovision 2015 song “Here for You”. Did we shout “Amen”! Or just head back to the cathedral to pray for them? Read on to find out…
Slovenia’s Eurovision 2015 song
Reviews: Maraaya with ‘Here for You’
Josh: YES! My number one for 2015. This song has a modern beat, encompassing old-school orchestral sounds with new-age electronica. I love Marjetka’s vocal. I love Raay’s charming smile. I love everything about this song. I’m fairly confident it won’t win, given the lack of neighbours participating this year, but I’m hoping Slovenia can at least crack the top 10. If Maja Keuc couldn’t do it in 2011, I would hope Maraaya could do it in 2015. COME ON, SLOVENIA!
Chris: It’s a danger sometimes to be “cool” at Eurovision – but Maraaya are the coolest act around and they are all the better for it. I love everything about this entry. It’s fresh, modern, and has some completely bonkers staging with the air violinist. It’s hard to find fault with it. I love the headphones, I love Marjetka, I love the sound. Slovenia could and maybe even should be gearing up to host in 2016.
Angus: Not to burst bubbles and bring everyone abruptly crashing down to Terra Firma but this leaves me wanting to hit someone, not the dance floor. The vocal is nasal, the air violinist bizarre and the song a convoluted mess. Too many elements have overpowered the basic ingredients of a good song and squandered Slovenia’s potential.
Sopon: The duo have branded themselves very well, but the glue holding the package together is their song. “Here For You” is a breath of fresh air in this year’s competition, and Slovenia’s best ever effort. It’s fun, upbeat, and catchier than a cold. With so many slower songs (to say the least), the Slovene delegation will stand out in a very positive light, and I truly believe that they’ll break into the top three.
Anthony: For the second year in a row, our Wiwi readers correctly predicted the eventual winner of this year’s EMA national final. And once again, I’m happy. After doing wonders with predecessor Tinkara Kovach last year, Raay has done it again with a contemporary uptempo song, accompanied with Duffy-esque vocals from wife Marjetka. And who knows, the air violinist providing the violin solo could be the Epic Sax Guy moment of 2015 in Vienna!
Bogdan: I may be in the minority, but I love the air violonist! It’s a genius dance idea and whoever thinks it is easy to do should try it themselves. Yes, it’s a gimmick but I don’t mind it – it wouldn’t be Eurovision without a crazy element like that. Same goes for the headphones. Gimmicks aside, the song is uplifting, despite the cliché lyrics that speak of being down, and Marjetka’s voice conveys the right amount of emotion. However, it isn’t my style of music and I will only enjoy it in Vienna for the show. It’s not something I would ever listen to at home.
Deban: Interpretive staging aside, this is a crackin’ entry! “Here For You” sounds like an old classic that’s been retooled for fresh ears. Potent in parts, and confessional in others, Slovenia’s 2015 entry sports a killer hook. Marjetka Vovk’s coarse vocals add some gritty magic to their fabulous composition. Edgy, contemporary and radio-friendly, Slovenia should be proud of this number.
Padraig: An instant earworm that’s impossible to shake. Combining retro and modern elements, Maraaya have struck gold. Where do I begin? The strings make me giddy. The lyrics lift me up, while the melody does laps round my brain. I love everything –
even especially the headphones and the manic lady playing the invisible violin. If this doesn’t get Slovenia back into the top 10, I don’t know what will. Go forth and slay!
Robyn: This is an uplifting song with a great hook, but its success in Vienna will all depend on how audiences perceive its performance. Either it’s sung by a singer with a rich, soulful voice, wearing a cute pair of bedazzled headphones, and accompanied by a quirky dancer, or it’s sung by a singer with a coarse and irritating voice, who can’t be bothered with proper in-ear monitors, accompanied by a weird fake violin player. In other words, it’s Marmite, so it probably won’t do as well as its fans will expect.
William: When you’re down, down low….you need to listen to this song. Instantly catchy and uplifting, it could help the nastiest queen get her happy back. Marjetka’s vocals are mainstream yet quirky and she channels Duffy and the Noisettes, but has a timbre all her own. Among the most radio-friendly songs of the year.
Our jury consists of 29 people, but we only have room for 10 written reviews. Here are the remaining 19 scores.
William C: 6.5/10
To reduce potential bias, we drop the highest and lowest scores prior to calculating the average. We removed a low of 0 and a high of 10.