Earlier today, the Wiwi Jury — our in-house panel of music unprofessionals — gathered in Valletta to discuss the contestants participating in Malta Eurovision Song Contest 2016 (MESC). First up is Lawrence Gray with his entry “You’re Beautiful”. Are we flattered that he thinks we’re gorgeous — or just a little creeped out? Read on to find out…
LAWRENCE GRAY – “YOU’RE BEAUTIFUL”
“YOU’RE BEAUTIFUL” REVIEWS
Bernardo: This just feels very old fashioned to me. He has a good voice, but this just isn’t a good song, nor is it Eurovision material. Yes, you’re beautiful, but not when I’m listening to this. One of the worst entries this year.
Deban: A stifled falsetto trying to belt a power vibrato may work for pantomime, but it doesn’t take flight here. For a start, many of the lyrics sound muffled. Also, Lawrence Gray’s bleach blonde hair and plucked eyebrows do not offer a compelling argument for the narrative he’s singing about. Who’s beautiful? His mirrored image or the chick he’ll never lay?
Josh: Lawrence’s promotional picture in the video above makes him look like a Maltese Sam Smith. Unfortunately he doesn’t have the musicality to match. “You’re Beautiful” is very dated and also quite dull. I can’t even get halfway before almost falling asleep. I can’t see this making it past the semi-final.
Ramadan: Just listening to this song is making me sleepy. The song is so old-fashioned and takes forever to build up. At the two-minute mark, I’d rather not continue. This song is definitely not for Eurovision.
Robyn: “You’re Beautiful” has such a tired, old-fashioned sound. Lawrence has an affected way of singing, which makes the lyrics difficult to understand at times. Perhaps that’s a good thing — the actual lyrics have lines that sound like direct quotes from a psychologist’s report: “Even as a child, you showed those special traits”.
William: “Phantom of the Opera” meets 1980s easy listening — and I am beyond bored. This lacks energy and drive for the first two minutes, so much so that I worry producers injected Lawrence with tranquilizers ahead of the recording session. The drums in the bridge provide some much-needed drama. It’s just a shame it takes so long to get there. PS That opening line is creepy…
The Malta Wiwi Jury consists of 18 jurors, but we only have room for six reviews. The remaining twelve scores are below.
The highest and lowest scores are dropped prior to calculating the average score. This is to remove outliers and reduce potential bias. We have removed a low of 0 and a high of 6.5.