Earlier today, the Wiwi Jury – our in-house panel of music unprofessionals – gathered in Brussels to discuss the contestants participating in Eurosong 2016, the national selection for Belgium. Today we look at Laura Tesoro with her entry “What’s the Pressure”. Did Laura manage to keep the pressure down, or were we looking for the release valve? Read on to find out…
Laura Tesoro – “What’s the Pressure”
“What’s the Pressure” reviews
Antranig: Laura doesn’t have the best vocals I’ve ever heard but “What’s the Pressure” is definitely the catchiest song in this competition. This is a song that would get Stockholm on its feet and dancing along, all the way to a mid-table finish in the grand final. It’s definitely not a Eurovision winner but it should get Belgium safely through the semis with ease.
Deban: Laura Tesoro is a natural! I love her sass, and her loosely choreographed moves. While others have dipped in rankings from their 30-second snippet previews, she is the only act to have improved considerably. Yes, the song is average, but this isn’t the only consideration. Good energy is infectious, and seemingly, Laura has lots of it. Bravo!
Edd: So another funk song. But not 2016 funk – this sounds like it’s been pulled straight from a 1974 Bee Gees album. And that is not a good thing. I would rate the melody 1/10 for catchiness and the production 9/10 for monotony: it just plods along. This girl clearly has big potential – just not with this songwriter.
Josh: Sassy. Edgy. Fun. Laura Tesoro is bringing all three of these things in spades, darling! I’m loving the throwback to the disco era in “What’s the Pressure”. It’s got a danceable beat, a memorable chorus and it’s nice to see the saxophone getting a workout since it went on long-service leave in 1996. Contagiously fun. Love it!
Renske: Gotta love Laura Tesoro, that girl has energy! Her character and stage presence fit really well with this song too. At the same time, I think the song is a bit childish and Laura is maybe a bit too unexperienced for Eurovision, perhaps she needs some years to become an established artist. Otherwise there’s a chance, that she will end like Axel Hirsoux or Iris. We can’t deny that this girl has a big potential, but she needs a lot of work!
Robyn: It’s so refreshing to have a performer with energy and sass, who can get up and rock the stage. “What’s the Pressure” is following the “Tonight Again”/”Uptown Funk” path, but infused with some girl energy (lyrics by Selah Sue!) and plenty of personality from Laura herself. I’d be very happy for this to go to Stockholm.
William: Laura is a gorgeous performer with lots of attitude and plenty of spunk. I just wish she had a better song. This feels very 1977, replete with the disco habit of looping lackluster melodies and overemphasizing the tambourine. There is no pressure, Laura: This ain’t gonna win.
In the Belgian Wiwi Jury we have 18 jurors but only have room for seven reviews. The remaining 11 scores are below.
William C: 7.5/10
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.