The Wiwi Jury – our in-house panel of music unprofessionals – is continuing its journey around Lithuania ahead of the fifth Eurovizija show on Saturday. Previously, Baiba dragged us back to Madonna’s ’80s heyday with “Mayday”? Is Neringa Šiaudikyte’s “Never Knew Love” going to return us to modernity? Read on to find out…
Neringa Šiaudikyte “Never Knew Love”
Reviews: Neringa Siaudikyte with “Never Knew Love”
Antranig: Neringa is a talented singer with terrific stage presence. But she’s brought down by a song that does not befit her talent. I really like the chorus, but the verses represent long patches of boredom. At least she pulls off the key change spectacularly. “Never Knew Love” will sadly never get to know the Eurovision stage either.
Padraig: This act is essentially the musical equivalent of candy floss. It’s pretty to look at, but once you bite into it you’re met with disappointment. “Never Knew Love” is completely lacking in substance. The lyrics are mundane and overall the song drags. Neringa has the talent… if only she had a worthwhile entry to go along with it.
Robyn: The frustrating thing about the artists in this stream is the knowledge that they’ve been deliberately paired with their song as part of the competition. So someone has thought, “Hey, that boring old-fashioned ballad would be a great match for Neringa”. She looks great on stage, she has good voice, but this song has no character or appeal.
Anthony: Ah, it’s good to have you back Neringa! Having covered various songs during last year’s competition, I was intrigued to see what she had in store for us — it’s a very safe option. “Never Knew Love” is a typical romantic Eurovision ballad that we’re all familiar with. It harks back to Lithuania’s 2011 entry “C’est ma vie”, but without the sign language.
Mikhail: You never knew love? You’ll probably never know it, because with such a song you will only attract mopy teenagers. The rest of us will be bored to death.
Steinunn: I quite like this. I’m not head over heels in love, but it’s a cosy old-school ballad and Neringa is a rather good singer. I don’t see it causing any mania if it makes it all the way to Stockholm, but it’s a nice unpretentious love song that warms me up inside.
Liam: Sell this song to Disney Neringa! It’s perfect for them. Unfortunately, I can’t say the same for Eurovision. Maybe you can find employment in the Frozen sequel?
Luis: Get Neringa a good song and she’ll be a contender. Keep her with this and she’ll go home in the next round. “Never Knew Love” is dated and bland. Neringa, on the other hand, is a competent performer with an appealing voice and great stage presence. Clearly Lithuania’s match-making machine has failed.
Bernardo: Neringa knows how to work the stage and her camera angles. That’s a plus. But once you try to combine that with the song a disconnect arises. “Never Knew Love” is a typical ballad — of which I’m usually a fan — but this one feels a bit too old-fashioned for me. She has a good voice though.
Angus: Neringa wades on through “Never Knew Love” with suitable aplomb. But you can just tell she wishes she’d been handed something better. What a waste of a great performer.
Our jury consists of 16 people, but we only have room for 10 written reviews. Here are the remaining 6 scores.
WIWI JURY AVERAGE: 5.07/10
To reduce potential bias, we drop the highest and lowest scores prior to calculating the average. We removed a low of 3 and a high of 8.
SEE OUR CURRENT LITHUANIA 2016 REVIEWS AND RANKINGS.
Photos: Vytenio Radžiuno (LRT.lt)