The Wiwi Jury — our in-house panel of music unprofessionals — is still in Hungary reviewing A Dal performances. Today we listened to Szilvia Agárdi with her song “It Is Love”. Were we feeling the love? Read on to find out…
Szilvia Agárdi – “It Is Love”
“It Is Love” reviews
Angus: “It Is Love” feels like a Celine album track from the ’90s. Emotional, sweeping and gripping, it is easy to be won over because it is so innately familiar. The contemporary dancers, dry ice and frantic piano-underscored bridge all successfully land the emotional punches you expect them to. Something that deviated from the formula might have made this more spectacular.
Cristian: The big problem here is the clear lack of creativity. A beige song about a hackneyed topic. Nothing interesting: poor melody and arrangements, no emotion.
Judit: Her voice is much better than her song! I can’t remember a word of the lyric but I know what a beautiful voice she has. But A Dal 2016 has better songs, and I don’t think she has a chance of winning.
Mikhail: Was I the only one to hear the opening music of Copenhagen 2014 before the performance starts? Well, that’s not the only thing that sounds familiar in this song. A typical bland ballad with a girl nicely singing cliche lyrics about love. What a boom of originality! I could find thousands of other songs, cut them in pieces and then do a jigsaw puzzle to create a new melody using old ones. “Music writing for dummies” has been used a lot here.
Robyn: Szilvia has a lovely and rich voice, but this song is letting her down. It’s such a bland tune, like a random ’90s ballad. Szilvia’s pronunciation doesn’t help. I can’t help think that she’d have been better off with a song in Hungarian, something with a bit more grit and soul, that she can really get stuck into.
In the Hungarian jury we have 11 jurors but only room for five reviews. The remaining six scores are below!
To reduce potential bias, we drop the highest and lowest scores prior to calculating the average. We removed a low of 3.5 and a high of 7.5.