The Wiwi Jury – our in-house panel of music unprofessionals – is continuing its journey around Lithuania ahead of the first Eurovizija quarterfinal tomorrow. Yesterday, we paid a visit to Eurovision 2001 star Erica Jennings. And from one past representative to another, today we’re with Donny Montell. What do we think of his latest entry “I’ve Been Waiting For This Night”? Read on to find out…
Donny Montell “I’ve Been Waiting For This Night” Live
Reviews: Donny Montell with “I’ve Been Waiting For This Night”
Robyn: “Love is Blind” is one of my least favourite Eurovision songs ever, but I’m properly fangirling for “I’ve Been Waiting For This Night”. It’s a mighty pop song, full of emotional intensity and the sense of storytelling that good Eurovision entries have. My only criticism — Donny is a very intense performer and he doesn’t look like he’s quite feeling the loved-up joy of the lyrics. But I’d be very happy to see this in Stockholm.
Anthony: “Love is Blind” eventually became one of my guilty pleasure entries of Eurovision 2012, but there is nothing to be guilty about here. With the songwriting duo of Jonas Thander and Beatrice Robertsson, “I’ve Been Waiting for This Night” brilliantly sums up why the Swedes are so good at producing quality pop songs. I’ll be extremely surprised if Donny fails to make his much anticipated Eurovision comeback this year.
Donny Montell “I’ve Been Waiting For This Night” Official Music Video
Steinunn: I can’t help but compare this to Donny’s 2012 entry. For starters “I’ve Been Waiting For This Night” is a much better song than “Love Is Blind”. It sounds more current and Donny’s look has improved since Baku. That being said, it reminds me of something made popular by the likes of One Direction. As an almost 30-year old (and slightly bitter) woman I’m probably not the target audience for this kind of music, but I believe that it has the potential to become a good pop song. All in all I quite like it.
Luis: And here’s the mandatory Swedish-crafted act, which is like ten times better than all the others. And I’m afraid that’s not because it’s suuuuper good — it’s because the others are so lame. Not to say this is all bad, but the fanwanking over Donny needs to stop. As of now, he’s the obvious choice to represent Lithuania, and he should easily make the final. But that’s it. I can’t see this going any further than tenth place. The song is well constructed, well sung and it fits Donny really well, but it fails to make a big impression. So as much as I like it, I’m not particularly in love with it. To begin with, I’d lower the drama in his performance. He’s giving me Stevan Faddy memories — and we know how that ended.
Antranig: “Love is Blind” was more than decent but “I’ve Been Waiting for This Night” is simply incredible. Lithuania would be making a major mistake if Donny doesn’t get the ticket to Stockholm. It’s the type of song you’d expect Eric Saade to sing and it suits Donny perfectly. I just hope he’s leaving his blindfold collection in the bedroom.
Reaction to Donny Montell “I’ve Been Waiting For This Night”
Bernardo: Love was blind until Donny released “I’ve Been Waiting for this Night”. This is gold! Why? He has the looks, he has the song, he has the voice, he has the moves. This just screams Eurovision — powerful and memorable. BAM!! I predict a top-ten finish in Stockholm. Donny has this national final in da bag!
Mikhail: So much hype! It’s just an average pop song, which is quite repetitive and doesn’t stand out much. I actually like the verses, but the chorus annoys me. As a result, I can’t enjoy the song to the max. Still, it’s the best Lithuania has to offer.
Liam: Lithuania’s talent pool in for 2016 is shallow. That’s why Donny Montell stands out! I might be one of the few who can honestly say I enjoyed “Love Is Blind” in Baku, but “I’ve Been Waiting for This Night” is just on a whole other level! Though slightly generic, it’s eventful and keeps me interested! Eurovision Final? YES! Top ten? YES!
Donny Montell Interview @ Eurovision in Concert 2012
Angus: Damn, Donny good! “I’ve Been Waiting for This Night” is a song of three parts, the first two of which are killer moody husky verses and a chorus that, although textbook towering, isn’t in itself anything groundbreaking. The bridge is super pretty though, and although I’m not 100% sold on the high note, this is easily the best thing in Lithuania’s selection. No doubt.
Padraig: Someone pass Donny a tissue, he’s going to need a wipe down after all the hype. “I’ve Been Waiting For This Night” is certainly one of the better songs in the Lithuanian competition, but it’s no masterpiece. It’s generic stadium pop, that’s about nothing in particular. Currently it’s buoyed by a mixture of Donny’s personality, its superiority to “Love Is Blind”, and the weakness of the Eurovizija field. Come Stockholm the last two factors will be completely irrelevant. And given this year’s crowded field, he’ll be doing well to match his 2012 result — I’ll still dance to it though.
Our jury consists of 16 people, but we only have room for 10 written reviews. Here are the remaining 6 scores.
WIWI JURY AVERAGE: 8.79/10
To reduce potential bias, we drop the highest and lowest scores prior to calculating the average. We removed a low of 7 and a high of 10.
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Photos: Vytenio Radžiuno (LRT.lt)