Hello, Blighty! Our Wiwi Jury is taking a quick trip around the UK ahead of the Eurovision: You Decide final this Friday. It’s the first national final the BBC have put on since 2010 and we are excited. This time, we’re looking at Joe and Jake with their song, “You’re Not Alone”. Find out what we thought about the song below, and don’t forget to vote in our Eurovision: You Decide poll to have your say too.
Joe and Jake with “You’re Not Alone”
Check out the “You’re Not Alone” lyrics here
“You’re Not Alone” reviews
Max: “You’re Not Alone” is a likeable song…but that’s part of the problem. It’s just a bit too nice. There is progression in the final parts, but this doesn’t stop the entry feeling a bit too vanilla on the whole. Their The Voice auditions demonstrate that they shouldn’t have any problems vocally live, but I don’t think even an exceptional performance would make this memorable enough. A competent yet unremarkable entry.
Deban: Nothing about this spells stardom — even the name Joe and Jake — doesn’t court any notions of something special. Similarly, their song is equally lacklustre.
Edd: “Joe and Jake”… seriously!? Could they honestly not find a better name? Anyway, a very enjoyable song, reminiscent of many a Swiss entry. The African sounding string instrument in the chorus adds another dimension to what would otherwise be quite a bland song. However, with Belarus, Cyprus, Georgia and Montenegro already with confirmed rock songs, I would avoid this genre for a good result.
Chris: Harmless and inoffensive, Joe and Jake are clearly going for the “nice boys” image in this song. Whilst that’s a tactic that would have worked years ago at Eurovision, the contest has definitely grown up since then — hence why Anti Social Media crashed out in the semi final last year. “You’re Not Alone” is, in essence, a weaker version of what Denmark are going for again in 2016. I can’t really fault it and the production is nice, but there’s just nothing to make it stand out.
Anthony: Following Electro Velvet’s Bianca Nicholas last year, I knew it all along the BBC wanted to include a former participant from The Voice. And we didn’t get just one, but two this year. Foes-turned-friends Joe and Jake are serving up a bit of Softengine realness for the UK. However, aside from the chorus, there’s not much else going on to give “You’re Not alone” that wow factor.
Antranig: These boys have the voices, the look and the sound to do very well. The lyrics of “You’re Not Alone” are a bit too repetitive and predictable in the chorus even though they are amazing in the verses. I don’t think this would be particularly memorable at Eurovision but they are definitely one of the better acts in the UK selection.
Luis: I quite enjoy this one. It’s simple, easy to listen and the guys’ voices are pretty good. Nothing really outstanding, to be honest, but an original stage presentation can lift this up. I hope they do get something interesting for their show, because if not, it’s also true that this song has a slight mobile phone company advertisement tune feel on it that can make it feel out of place in the live show. In short, I want this to be more Keane and less Vodafone.
William: This is just so British! Despite the obvious nod to Coldplay, Joe and Jake are doing their own thing and delivering a mainstream, radio-friendly song. The production sounds expensive and their voices blend really well. I worry the song gets a tad repetitive, but hopefully they can add shape and variety during their live performance. It’s not going to win Eurovision and may struggle to reach the left-hand side of the scoreboard, but this is a credible song and act that UK fans could rightly get behind as they wave their flashlights.
In our UK Wiwi Jury, we have 14 jurors but only room for 8 reviews. The rest of our scores can be found below:
Before calculating the average score, the highest and lowest scores are dropped. This is to remove outliers and reduce potential bias. We have removed a low of 4 and a high of 8.