The Wiwi Jury – our in-house panel of music unprofessionals – is continuing its journey around Lithuania ahead of the first Eurovizija quarterfinal on Saturday. We just avoided being suffocated by Catrinah’s bin bag dress as she performed “Be Free”. Can Petunija help us through with “Tomorrow”? Read on to find out…
Reviews: Petunija with “Tomorrow”
Antranig: Petunija’s vocals are breathtaking and the music captivates. Despite such great ingredients, the song goes absolutely nowhere lyrically. It’s like a well-made soufflé that never rises. It’s pleasant enough to listen to but it would require a complete overhaul to be a genuine contender.
Anthony: Déjà vu seems to be the trend in Lithuania this year. And Petunija is their answer to MNTHA from Latvia’s 2015 selection. There are hints of “Nefelibata” throughout “Tomorrow” — the instrumental composition and both singers possess a similar hairdo. The Lithuanian televoters appeared to like it, but I’m not feeling it so much.
Mikhail: “Tomorrow” has some interesting elements, but I tire of it after a few seconds. It seriously affects your brain and not in a good way. I feel like a zombie on drugs after listening. Free me from this condition, please!
Robyn: Petunija has beguiling vocals, but the trouble is that “Tomorrow” doesn’t go anywhere. It’s all on the same level, the same strong beats, the same meandering vocals throughout the whole song. The result is a performance that’s hard to get involved with. It becomes background music.
Steinunn: I love “Tomorrow”. It’s the kind of music I actually like to listen to. It sounds current, with a hint of nostalgia. I’m getting a Goldfrapp feeling, which is a very good thing, believe me. The only negative comment I have is that Petunija might have to tune her vocals a little bit. But if she nails it in the finals (at least I hope she’ll get there), this will go far.
Bernardo: This is not my cup of tea. I don’t really like her voice. The song is a bit flat and the instrumentation is weak. Forgettable.
Angus: Petunija has bewitching vocals, a classic Anna Wintour ‘do and screens that show all the right signs. Then “Tomorrow” lumbers to life and the whole piece flatlines. Breezy filler tracks are fine hidden on album tracklists where they’ll be skipped but this is a competition about memory and “Tomorrow” barely makes an impact.
Liam: It feels like this was made by a pair of 12-year-old girls in their bedroom one afternoon when they were bored. It does not seem like a potential Eurovision entry. Not feeling this.
Luis: “Tomorrow” circles the “absolute disaster” line, but luckily it doesn’t cross it. There’s too much noise in the background, with the backing vocalists and with Petunija’s voice. I can’t take it all in just three minutes — the mess is too great. As for the Aminata reference in her video, the comparison between this and the queen of Burkina Faso realness is out of place.
Padraig: “Tomorrow” contains so many exciting elements from the ’80s beats to Petunija’s other worldly vocals. Sadly, none of these things come together to form a cohesive package for Eurovision. I should be enthralled, instead I’m struggling to remain focused. My interest is piqued early on, but I’m completely lost by the finish.
Our jury consists of 16 people, but we only have room for 10 written reviews. Here are the remaining 6 scores.
WIWI JURY AVERAGE: 4.64/10
To reduce potential bias, we drop the highest and lowest scores prior to calculating the average. We removed a low of 1 and a high of 8.5.
SEE OUR CURRENT LITHUANIA 2016 REVIEWS AND RANKINGS.
Photos: Vytenio Radžiuno (LRT.lt)