The Wiwi Jury — our in-house panel of music unprofessionals — is travelling around Austria in the lead up to Wer singt für Österreich 2016 on February 12. Today, we visited the birthplace of Mozart in the city of Salzburg and examined some of the Austrian legend’s prized possessions, before continuing our search for Austria’s next superstar by listening to the next song — Zoë with “Loin d’ici (Far From Here)”. Is Zoë the next big thing to come out of Austria — or did we want to run far away from her? Read on to find out…

ZOË – “LOIN D’ICI”

“LOIN D’ICI” REVIEWS

Robyn: At last year’s national final, Zoë brought us “Quel filou”, the very French song that turned up at the WSFÖ final with English lyrics. Zoë is singing en français again, but this time I think the song would work with either French or English lyrics (but not both together). “Loin d’ici” is cute and spirited and the WSFÖ remix gives a more contemporary feeling than the album version. It’s the best in this year’s NF, but I’m not sure if would fare as well in Stockholm.

Score: 7.5/10

Antranig: Quite frankly, I don’t understand the hype surrounding this song. “Quel filou” — Zoë’s entry last year — was much better. “Loin d’ici” has non-qualification written all over it. The album version was great but the best part of the song has been removed for this three-minute remix which is a huge disappointment. My gut tells me this is going to win and keep Austria firmly in the semis.

Score: 6.5/10

Bernardo: French, YAS! “Loin d’ici” rhymes with a smile on my face. I’m digging it! Zoë’s voice fits the tune perfectly and the instrumental is channeling violin realness combined with some dance beats, which I love. I’m already imagining an awkward but flawless live performance for this. Not my favorite, but probably the winner.

Score: 7.5/10

Chris: Oh, Zoë. “Quel Filou” was clearly the better option last year when compared with The Makemakes – but unlike when Austria tried to right the wrong they made with Trackshittaz and Conchita, they haven’t got the same formula down here. “Loin d’ici” is a good song for the first minute and a half and then just completely nosedives. Zoë is a great performer, but she’s going to need to use all of her quirks and personality if this one is going to do well at Eurovision. Probably the winner in Austria, but that’s not really saying much.

Score: 6.5/10

 

Luis: I hate it when songs begin promising and then they are a complete bluff, and that’s what happens with “Loin d’ici”. An approximation to what it would have been like if Amélie Poulain had sung at Eurovision, Zoë’s attempt this year is light and playful, but it feels too decaffeinated. Lost in a quest for the perfect Eurovision sound, Zoë has lost all the charme that “Quel filou” had last year, and has replaced it with a song with no personality other than its lyrics being in French.

Score: 5/10

Mikhail: This is my jam! Zoë has brought us an incredibly amazing composition. All those instruments perfectly communicate with each other and let the melody fly. Those strings are simply amazing. You can hear all the epicness in this song, which brings you back to the great times of magnificent Austrian composers. This is unique and this is flawless. It’s playful, it’s joyful, it’s pure happiness! Je l’adore!

Score: 10/10

Patrick: I’m one of those who don’t get the hype around this song nor the artist at all. I have quite a problem with singers who send French songs in a country where the people don’t speak the language. The fact that her dad is quite famous in Austria might help Zoë, but this is just a bland song that brings us nowhere but the toilet — because this is a toilet break in Eurovision. If Austria sends her, it’s doomed to stay in the semi. Au revoir!

Score: 3/10

Sami: This obviously is the big fan favourite and I can see why. For me, however, the song isn’t that special. It’s sweet and I would love to hear more French in the contest, but I think this song is quite boring after the first minute. I also find Zoë’s high-pitched voice slightly annoying.

Score: 5/10

William: In a country far from here, Zöe is searching for paradise and singing. And you know what? I’m happy to sing along. Her sweet and playful voice fits the fun and playful lyrics and she manages to be breathy and strong at the same time. The song is repetitive, sans doute. But it’s also uplifting and cheery. In a lacklustre field with few gems, this really stands out.

Score: 8.5/10

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

Denise: 7.5/10

Edd: 9/10

Josh: 7/10

Judit: 7.5/10

Sinan: 6.5/10

Steinunn: 6.5/10

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 3 and a high of 10.

WIWI JURY SCORE: 6.96/10

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aari
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aari

love it tbh

Nicky91
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Nicky91

this song is quite good

my top 4 so far:

1. Malta ( Ira Losco) I really like her

2. Belgium ( Laura Tesoro) pretty fresh, and really funky beat

3. Ireland ( Nicky Byrne ) nice song

4. Belarus ( Ivan ) good singer

@EugeneESCUK
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There are many overrated songs this year and this is one of the leaders. It just sounds very very dated to me and it is all in French!! What is she singing about? (That’s rhetorical!!!) Can you really see this song as a 2016 cross Europe hit? Definitely not. It is just chorus repeat, chorus repeat and the ending is shocking, have not heard one of those in ages, remember them when they had a live orchestra? Not for me, but I can see why some like it.

Gav
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Gav

It is just the same two lines repeated and a camp disco beat behind it right? Will their be a les Ketchup dance that goes with it?

blondboybc
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blondboybc

Bravo, Zoe! C’est ma chanson préférée maintenant! J’espère que l’Autriche l’envoie a Stockholm! 😀

Franco
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Franco

I love the tune, but the lyrics are annoyingly repetitive. Why didn’t they put a little more effort? Such a waste of a good music!

Alex
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Alex

This song is really cute. I like it.

Österrike
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Österrike

Just listened to 3 min version first the time. Indeed, the song takes a nosedive in the last 5 seconds. The most eargasmic past when the background carried “Loin d’ici” is gone now.

Oostenrijk
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Oostenrijk

I was looking forward to this review but I am astounded by some blunt criticism. This song is so mesmerizing, sounds like Robert Miles had a baby with Alizée. And I was really preoccupied against Zoë and her Papi. But they delivered, quel surprise! What’s the matter with the song being in French? Her album is completely in French. Last year she almost impaired her integrity as an artist by changing Quel Filou into English. All magic snapped out of the song. #bleak What many dont know is that Austria has the highest level of French proficiency in the non-francophone… Read more »

Steven Keenan
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Steven Keenan

I’ve heard more interesting elevator music

Jacques
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Jacques

@Dutchie

Anything guarantied. Back to 2007 when Cyprus decided to sing in French, France did not gave a twelve (I guess they awarded the Cypriot entry with just six points) to them but the UK, I guess.

Drakula
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Drakula

Love this song very much. Hope it will win and represent Austria. French language is so beautiful.

8/10 from me.

Grawutzl
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Grawutzl

I like it! The song is not super-innovative, still modern and tres charmant 🙂 Why should all the songs be in English, French is a wonderful language…

dutchie
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dutchie

France gets to vote in Austria’s semi, so that’s 12 points guaranteed. The song is nice, although a bit Alizée (c’est pas ma faute…), and the beat they’ve added is very dated.

hahaha
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hahaha

No, we don’t need French song from Austria. It is boring song by female singer and we want something different in 2016. I hope, they have some interesting bands like Trackshittaz or The Makemakes in NF, to bring some originality in Stockholm.

Laburnum
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Laburnum

This is the best option.

Jacques
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Jacques

I really get the people from non-French speaking countries, who sing in French.

For some reason the Francophonie is something beyond the borders – with French middle and high schools, even universities (there are many in Algeria, Morocco, Lebanon, Greece, Turkey or Cyprus, l’Institute française in almost every European cities with Francophone cinemas, libraries, restaurants and bookstores. I bet that she has been attending to a French highschool or something in Vienna – and Marie-Antoinette is from Austria at all.

J’espère qu’elle va être mon favourite à Stockholm bien aussi. Tu es la best, Zoë!