Today the Wiwi Jury — our in-house panel of music unprofessionals — travelled to Amsterdam to hit up the shops on Leidseplein and eat our body weight in pommes frites with mayonnaise. After we burnt all our euros, we sat down and reviewed “Kisses and Dancin'” from Kisses — The Netherlands’ Junior Eurovision 2016 act. Did they make us want to get up and dance? Read on to find out…
The Netherlands’ Junior Eurovision 2016 song
“Kisses and Dancin'” reviews – Kisses
Deban: Blastastic! “Kisses and Dancin'” is exactly what the doctor ordered for Junior Eurovision. This europop number is modern, upbeat, sassy and age-appropriate. Ringing out the dirge, and giving me a beat — Kisses slay! Completely unfazed by the trend of little girls singing power ballads at JESC, the Netherlands are cutting another tasty slice of dance-pop that will undoubtedly be a club banger for years to come.
William: This skews more teen than pre-teen — which may explain why it’s one of my favourites. The catchy chorus loops in your head on first listen and the happy instrumentation and production mean you can’t help but smile. Kymora, Stefania and Sterre are living this song and I want to clap and sing along. Now get up and move yo body!
Renske: I feel so much energy! These girls love to sing, dance and entertain — and their joy is contagious. “Kisses and Dancin'” makes me want to jump around like a fool, reminding me that child-friendly songs at Junior Eurovision are actually fun. As an upbeat song it will stand out from the many ballads, giving it a favourable chance in the end.
Antony: Three words: Dutch Spice Girls. I like the way that the group was constructed to represent different people from the Dutch demographic. The song is upbeat and has a cute message that should appeal to children and adults alike. And the music video is one of the best produced this year!
Bernardo: I struggle to enjoy the Dutch language. However, the Kisses’ harmonies are EVERYTHING. Strong and powerful vocals plus a kid-friendly tune and a good production? It’s the perfect combination to succeed at Junior Eurovision. If the staging lifts this song even more, it’s a serious contender for the trophy.
Chris: Kisses are three great solo artists who have come together to form an equally talented band. They nail their harmonies throughout “Kisses and Dancin'” and it’s clear that the three girls really enjoy the song. It’s really strong for the first 90 seconds or so — but then it gets a tad too repetitive. If the girls can deliver a great stage show — and I wouldn’t be surprised by that — then they could still score well.
Jason: Kisses are bringing the party to Malta with their retro-funk inspired “Kisses and Dancin'”. This marks a welcome break from the many ballads and more serious numbers in the contest, and will likely help the Netherlands stand out. Although this style of music is not my cup of tea, I can still appreciate the professionalism of this entry and the amazing chemistry between the group members.
Jordi: Shalisa’s piano ballad “Million Lights” was all about emotion, but this is all about getting your groove on. Kymora, Stefania and Sterre bring colour and joy with with this teen-friendly hit. While it won’t be to everyone’s taste, plenty of teens and adults will relate to the song. The song oozes a festive vibe. I can’t wait to put on my dancing shoes and get footloose!
Josh: This is catchy, fun and memorable! For a couple of weeks now I have found myself walking around my house singing, “Wooaahhh, kisses and dancin’. Clap clap!” I love how quintessentially Dutch the film clip is, having each girl filmed in a red, white and blue room, and I love their energy. If they can execute a great dance performance along with a strong vocal, there’s no reason why this can’t do well in Malta.
Robyn: “Kisses and Dancin'” is a throwback to the early 1980s disco pop, and is surprisingly simple and repetitive. It’s an odd choice for such a lively young trio. Kisses can’t be faulted — they are three talented young singers, and if the music video is anything to go by, they have great chemistry (#girlpower). But the song… it just doesn’t serve Kisses well nor make the most of their talents.
Our jury for 2016 consists of twenty-one jurors, but we only have room for ten reviews. The remaining eleven scores are listed below.
The highest and lowest scores are removed prior to calculating the average score. This is to remove outliers and potential bias. We have removed a low of 5 and a high of 10.