Earlier today, the Wiwi Jury – our in-house panel of music unprofessionals, gathered in Ghent to discuss the contestants participating in Eurosong 2016, the national selection for Belgium. Today we look at Tom Frantzis with his entry “I’m Not Lost”. Did Tom’s entry get us on the right path, or were were left asking for directions? Read on to find out…
Tom Frantzis – “I’m Not Lost”
“I’m Not Lost” reviews
Antranig: “I’m Not Lost” does absolutely nothing for me lyrically – it’s playing it way too safe and it’s very predictable. However, the chorus is extraordinarily catchy and this is certainly a contender to win the ticket to Stockholm. Even though it is catchy, I don’t think the song showcases the best of Tom’s vocals the way that his take on “Rhythm Inside” did.
Deban: I wish Tom didn’t giggle. His breathy voice was creating ripples in me until he turned his stage performance into a high-school talent disco. “I’m Not Lost” is perhaps the best song and vocals in this year’s Belgian selection. However, this act also requires the most stage coaching- it’s not a toothpaste commercial!
Edd: This is a seriously good song. Judging by the success of artists like Hozier and Sheppard, I would even say this could win Eurovision. However, he desperately needs to swap the preppy Oscar Zia look for an authentic indie-folk look – swap the mechanic for organic. A bit of banjo wouldn’t go unnoticed either. If this doesn’t win, Belgium is making a massive mistake…
Josh: The obvious stand-out in the Belgian national final, Tom Frantzis is giving us a more subdued rock sound which could absolutely dominate the charts globally. “I’m Not Lost” is a tad repetitive for me and it doesn’t build up to where I want it to build. If Tom could work on his stage presence a little more, that could elevate the song into something a bit bigger. But overall the song is great and I’m confident this will do well.
Renske: Potential radio hit? Yes. Eurovision winner? No. Tom delivers a really good power pop song and has a strong voice. The only problem is that Tom lacks a lot of stage experience. During his Eurosong performance, he forgot that the public in the audience doesn’t matter and that it is about the people at home. I hope Tom can surprise is us with a way better performance Sunday, because that’s what he deserves.
Robyn: Tom has a surprisingly amazing voice — soulful and expressive and perfectly suited to the song, a decent modern folk-pop number. But it’s seriously let down by his nervous stage presence. This is exactly the sort of thing that kills inexperienced performers who can’t handle the giant ESC arena experience. He needs to fully embody the emotion of the song, giving us confidence and attitude, and not be distracted by the audience.
William: Soft to loud, vulnerable to strong, Tom plays the extremes but fills the gaps beautifully. He sings with sincerity and soul, and the impeccable production helps him tug on heartsrings and push buttons at just the right time. His leg ticks, giggles and big smiles seem counter to the frailty and insecurity the song stems from. But no matter: Tom’s joyous delivery is infectious and helps turn a pop entry into an anthem of perseverance.
In the Belgian Wiwi Jury we have 18 jurors but only have room for seven reviews. The remaining 11 scores are below.
William C: 8/10
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 5 and a high of 10.