The Wiwi Jury will be travelling around Austria in the lead up to Wer singt für Österreich 2016 on February 12. Today, we landed in Vienna International Airport and looked for a taste of the local cuisine. After sinking our teeth into some Wienerschnitzel, we got stuck into our first review — AzRaH’s “The One”. Did we think that this is the one Austria should send to Stockholm — or are we hoping for a better one elsewhere? Read on to find out…

AZRAH – “THE ONE”

“THE ONE” REVIEWS

Antranig: This is a song with very high peaks and very low troughs. The pre-chorus and chorus are highly polished and extremely catchy. About one minute into the song, I’m in love. By the time I get to the end, however, I feel like I’ve endured a hurricane. There’s way too much going on in “The One” and it goes from being hot property to a hot mess.

Score: 5/10

Bernardo: A so-so and forgettable song. “The One” does not catch my attention and it fails to meet my expectations. With a good instrumental, I’m always expecting something better and AzRaH fails to deliver it to me — yet she’s a good vocalist. It’s a pity the tune is too repetitive.

Score: 5.5/10

Chris: Something just isn’t quite right here. In theory, “The One” has a good hook with the jazz flourishes throughout, and there are moments where it does catch your attention. But whether it’s AzRaH’s style of singing or the fact that it seems the lyrics were forced to fit in with the tune, it all just feels a bit rushed. I can foresee this one falling flat on its face when performed live.

Score: 5/10

Luis: AzRaH has been a pleasant surprise. The deep textures of her voice are so fine, and that mix of jazz and urban sounds is very nice, although the song itself is not so good. I think AzRaH had a good idea with the mix, but didn’t deliver it well, as “The One” gets repetitive and isn’t appealing enough.

Score: 5/10

Mikhail: Actually this tune is pretty enjoyable. It’s catchy and danceable, but it gets too repetitive, and on the second minute I want to switch to another song. But nevertheless, it is a good entry with a lot of potential, which is unfortunately not realised.

Score: 6/10

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Patrick: That song goes into my ear and looks for the fastest way to go out again. It isn’t bad — don’t get me wrong — but there is nothing special about the song that makes me jump and scream “Hallelujah!” It is just a mediocre wannabe pop song that won’t do well in Stockholm anyway. Nice hairstyle though.

Score: 4/10

Robyn: This wasn’t my favourite of the wildcard picks, but oddly enough, it’s now sounding like one of the better WSFÖ finalists. I wouldn’t want “The One” to win, though. It’s too repetitive and that stealing/healing rhyme sounds like it came out of a rhyming dictionary. But I like the song’s jazzy sounds, the little flourishes.

Score: 6.5/10

Sami: This song doesn’t seem to go anywhere. I like the first minute of it, but then it starts to repeat and it gets really boring. I also don’t know how they will make the instrumental part interesting enough on the stage. AzRaH has a nice voice and this music style is clearly the best for that, but I’m not sure if this would do well in Eurovision.

Score: 4/10

William: She won the Facebook wildcard and all I have to say is this: she must have a lot of friends who pressed like. AzRaH has a rich, soulful voice, but the song seems incomplete. It’s like she mixed it herself using one of the free audio programs that comes with Windows. I get “pure” music, but this just feels a empty and leaves me bored.

Score: 4/10

In the Austrian Wiwi Jury we have 15 jurors, but only have room for 9 reviews. The remaining 6 scores are below.

Denise: 3/10

Edd: 1/10

Josh: 4/10

Judit: 2.5/10

Sinan: 4.5/10

Steinunn: 4.5/10

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 1 and a high of 6.5.

WIWI JURY SCORE: 4.38/10

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mocosuburbian
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mocosuburbian

such a travesty that Sara Koell, Gerry+Me, and MIBLU all lost out to this

Daniel
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Daniel

@laburnum … yeah Miblu was such a gem! such a shame!

Laburnum
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Laburnum

I will never get over the loss of Miblu.

Österrike
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Österrike

She was pushed into the Austrian final through Bosnian newspapers. All her positive comments and likes on Facebook came from Bosnians. I wonder if her compatriots bothered to listen to her boring song. This wildcard choice killed perfect songs from Sara Koell, Miblu, David Siedl, Gerry+Me…

Sadly many wildcard candidates would have been more promising than the actual line-up. It is another flop by ORF.

Steven Keenan
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Steven Keenan

I find it horrifying. Gerry+Me must still be feeling so so robbed