Earlier today, the Wiwi Jury— our in-house panel of music unprofessionals — visited Murcia, where we went for a walk at the salt lakes and chatted to home girl Ruth Lorenzo as we reviewed the contestants of Objetivo Eurovisión, Spain’s National Final for Stockholm. Today, we are commenting on Xuso Jones’ song “Victorious”. Did we crown Xuso as Spain’s next winner or did we awarded him a copper medal? Read on to find out…
XUSO JONES – “VICTORIOUS”
Angus: This is a knockout. In “Victorious”, Xuso has the song that we all expected Edurne to have last year and predictably the entire piece is all conquering. The vocal is crystal clear, nuanced, paired with crazy good hypnotic beats and one of the best guest Spanish verses in Objetivo Eurovisión.
Bernardo: A safe bet for Peter Böstrom. A Nordic influenced powerful pop track with strong vocals from Xuso Jones, “Victorious” is now in constant loop in my playlist — it has Eurovision written all over it. It’s impossible not to enjoy it! He wants to stand victorious? Well, Xuso, I bet you will. I can see a Danny Saucedo’s “Amazing” perfomance slaying the competition in Objetivo Eurovision.
Diego: Is it Spain, right? ‘Cause it could be a Swedish entry from a few years ago that could easily do very well back then, but not anymore. I agree with many of my mates here, it’s a safe bet from good old Peter Böstrom, but I don’t think we should stick to the overused formula of Scandinavian pop songs instead of going all the way for a real change. It would get a good result for Spain, but for sure it wouldn’t make us “victorious”.
Josh: I’m sure that I speak on behalf of most Eurovision fans that basements do flood globally whenever we hear or see Xuso Jones. During the snippet, I did think that it seemed like “Victorious” sounded like an Eric Saade track. Then I found out Peter Böstrom was behind it. It’s safe. It’s a formulaic pop song. It’s harmless. It will probably be received quite well and I do like it. Just some fine-tuning to make it a little more original could make this a great song, rather than a good song.
Judit: I can’t wait to see the live performance. But I’m being cautious, holding back with my points. Hopefully after I see it live, I’ll give you a total 10. This boy is a heartthrob, the song is so catchy, and radio will love it. Good luck, Xuso!
Luis: The safest bet for this year’s Eurovision, but probably the less original. While “Victorious” is a good song, and Xuso provides great vocals, it fails to make a big impression. Unless the staging does that job (much like with Heroes), I think his chances of standing out in front of Europe are little, especially if we think about all the singers we’ll see in Stockholm with similar songs. Maybe in the last year or two, it would have been a bang for Spain, but now it’s not the time. Trying to mimic the winning formula of the last year is habitually a bad idea.
Rezo: Yes, this song is an excellent choice for the national final but not for Eurovision. By the way, it’s similar to “Glorious” by Cascada. We’ve already listened it. But I’ll note that I really liked the combination of English and Spanish in this song.
Robyn: This is a well-written song, but it feels a bit too safe, too deliberate, trying too hard to hit the right buttons. Xuso is a great performer, the song’s dynamics are good (most of the other Objetivo Eurovisión songs are relentlessly full-on), but despite the powerful adjective at the heart of the song, “Victorious” comes across as only a good Eurovision song, not a great pop song.
Sinan: Someone said that this song is similar to ‘Heroes’, are you serious?! I mean I dont see any similar thing in that song. It’s just an amazing song for me! Well done, Xuso! The beat, lyrics, voice – love, love, love everything, and that part where he sings in Spanish is just great! Spain really needs “Victorious” in Eurovision this year!
In the Spanish Wiwi Jury we have 22 jurors, but only have room for 9 reviews. The remaining 13 scores are below!
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 4 and a high of 10.