Earlier today, the Wiwi Jury – our in-house panel of music unprofessionals, gathered in Leuven to discuss the contestants participating in Eurosong 2016, the national selection for Belgium. Today we look at Adil Aarab with his entry “In Our Nature”. Does he keep it natural, or we were tasting artificial flavours? Read on to find out…
Adil Aarab – “In Our Nature”
“In Our Nature” reviews
Antranig: Adil’s first performance of “In Our Nature” was nothing short of scintillating! I am moving along to the oh-oh-ohs in the chorus. It’s not the best entry in terms of vocals, lyrics or music, but when you put everything together, this is the most complete package that Belgium has to offer and just about the only one that doesn’t need a revamp for Eurovision.
Deban: This isn’t terrible, but it feels much longer than three minutes! The layering of the track with tribal vocals gives the song added texture, but at the same time, makes it less contemporary. The choreography (or rather, the lack of it) is also somewhat disappointing. High-fives with the studio audience isn’t enough. I need you to DANCE!
Edd: The first minute is the most blatant rip-off of Loïc Nottet’s Vienna performance that you will ever see. Unfortunately for Adil, his voice, although pleasant, isn’t half as striking as Loïc’s – and neither is his song. The dull production in the chorus makes that song feel like a never-ending verse, and fails to evoke any sort of emotion in me (other than boredom, that is).
Josh: “In Our Nature” is an interesting piece in this years Belgian selection. Adil has a great vocal and it meshes with the style of the song quite nicely. The song does stay quite monotonous throughout. It needs to build more into a more dramatic finish. Also, I can’t get over the obvious inspiration of the beginning of the song in regards to staging. I think it’s far too soon to be copying your predecessor.
Renske: From all performances, Adil’s one was the most eye-catching (or the least toe-curling). Next to that, he has a really special voice. Although, I loved both the performances of “Believe” and “Rhythm Inside” at Eurovision, I rather want him to have an original performance. Because of all the things happening in his performance, the important message of his song was put in the background, which is sad.
Robyn: I like this song, but I can’t quite see it working as a Eurovision entry. It’s just too chilled out and not engaging enough to work at the Globe Arena. The choreography doesn’t help. Copying the easiest part of Loïc Nottet’s impressive “Rhythm Inside” choreography (i.e., the lying down bit) is too obvious, but Adil’s rock-star audience interaction doesn’t suit the subdued style of the song. It could all be so much better.
William: Such a promising start killed off by an underwhelming chorus. This strives to be modern and fresh yet feels so lethargic and monotonous. Adil is likeable and has a distinct voice— he’s better than this mediocre song.
In the Belgian Wiwi Jury we have 18 jurors but only have room for seven reviews. The remaining 11 scores are below.
William C: 8.5/10
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 3 and a high of 8.5.