The Wiwi Jury — our in-house panel of music unprofessionals — is still in Hungary reviewing A Dal performances. Today we turn to Freddie with his song “Pioneer”. Were we feeling Freddie’s pioneering spirit? Or were we sticking with our old ways? Read on to find out…
Freddie – “Pioneer”
Robyn: Compared to the studio version, Freddie’s live vocals are much harder to understand, particularly in the verses. For a song with a message, it’s not quite a success when the message can’t always be understood. But otherwise it’s a strong and super catchy anthem, but perhaps a bit too “Hungarian Måns” in its style. Still, I’d be happy to see this in Stockholm, but Freddie’s enunciation needs work.
Angus: A million hearts, a million people? I could swear we’d heard this message before. The song isn’t that revolutionary either. The vocal, fortunately, is wondrously gravelly, laced with passion, hurt and tone that elevates an otherwise sub par production. This lacks a stand out moment though, which can be problematic when you have three minutes to make an impact.
Judit: Can’t we just finish the show and give him the trophy? He has the voice, the song and even the look. No one can be better than him. The performance can improve, just like the number of the voters. Just look at the way he stands on that stage: PER-FECT!
Mikhail: This is high class. The composition itself is very good — it has quality. I love the clapping — it adds some spice. But forget about all of it, because the highlight is Freddie’s voice! It is so deep, smoky and overall mesmerising. It would melt all the ice in Stockholm right now. This song would be a perfect choice for Hungary.
Denise: Oh my, this is heaven. I’m addicted to his raw voice, which sounds really good in this song. I’m so glad that his live version isn’t a letdown. In fact, it’s way better than expected. I like the staging and of course I like Freddie. 2014 was a great year for Hungary, but this song is even better than “Running”, for me. Even though we only know a few songs for this year, I already trust Hungary in having another top-five song if they choose this.
Sinan: Oh, Freddie! That body, that voice, that act — you slay the paaack. I’m totally loving that song. Sometimes he needs to enunciate better, but that will come in time. The most important thing is to know all about the song you are singing so you can live it when you perform.
In the Hungarian Wiwi Jury we have 13 jurors, but only have room for 6 reviews. The remaining 8 scores are below!
To reduce potential bias, we drop the highest and lowest scores prior to calculating the average. We removed a low of 6 and a high of 10.