The Wiwi Jury continues to make its way through the UK, reviewing the highs and the lows of the BBC’s “Eurovision: You Decide” selection. This afternoon we turned to Dulcima with their song, “When You Go”. The two piece country-folk band are made up of Dulcima Showan and Tom Twyman. 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.
Dulcima – “When You Go”
Check out the “When You Go” lyrics here
“When You Go” reviews
Chris: I can’t quite believe this, but I actually kind of like this song. I definitely prefer Tom’s voice in this, but that’s not to say that Dulcima herself can’t sing – she just has a tone and pitch that won’t appeal to everyone. After a few listens, it becomes a real foot tapper and is quite enjoyable. The issue will be that if people only hear it once on Friday, I doubt it will attract many votes. It’s certainly not a Eurovision song, but it’s three minutes I can listen to again.
Max: This is a bit of a shock upon first listen, but turns out to be a real earworm. Their voices blend well and elevate this song from being passably enjoyable to something a little better. It feels like a more substantial and higher quality version of “Cake to Bake”: very jolly, but ultimately unlikely to be memorable amongst two hours of europop.
Luis: Huh? This was quite promising at the beginning, but before the first 60 seconds had passed, the song suddenly suffered an embolism and became total nonsense. Dulcima have lovely voices, but their song is just null. It’s as if someone was telling you a serious story, then all of a sudden starts jumping and yelling around for no particular reason.
Antranig: “When You Go” starts off well and I’m expecting it to turn into a powerful ballad. Instead, it builds towards a chorus that belongs nowhere other than a theme song on a children’s cartoon. I find myself beginning to enjoy it by the second chorus but then that awful bridge comes in and I’m back to feeling completely underwhelmed and slightly annoyed.
Deban: I get the sense that the brief here was to take a good song and f**k it up for Eurovision. Clearly, Dulcima could have kept things credible, but in their view, it wouldn’t be suitable for “Eurovision”. Nuff said!
William: This is cute, hand-clappy and very feel good. But ultimately it’s more village fair than centre stage at Eurovision. The production sounds cheap and rushed — and the backing reminds me of the free background music you can download online. The bridge is particularly worrying — it comes out of nowhere, goes all anthemic and doesn’t really fit with the rest of the song.
Edd: He has a great indie-folk voice, whilst she has a great cruise-ship singer voice. But this is a seriously great song — jolly, catchy and well-produced. If this were sung by Mumford & Sons, it would surely go top-5. I just worry that the duo come across a bit too cheesy — but let us not judge until we see it live.
Anthony: The first 15 seconds had me fooled into thinking Dulcima were going to unleash a ballad. Instead of all that, imagine Malta’s Eurovision entries “Tomorrow” and “Coming Home“, then add Latvia’s “Cake To Bake”. Stick the lot into a blender and switch it on. The end product becomes a mishmash that does the complete opposite of a detox drink. Having tasted it myself, bleurgh!
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 2 and a high of 8.5.