Today the Wiwi Jury — our in-house panel of music unprofessionals — travelled to Belgrade and walked the streets in our best Moje 3 inspired looks. The high heels hurt our feet and we needed a rest, so we decided to review Serbia’s entry for Junior Eurovision 2016. Did Dunja Jelicic get us back on our feet with “U La La La”? Read on to find out…
Serbia’s Junior Eurovision 2016 song
“U La La La” reviews – Dunja Jelicic
Jordi: This is just the entry I was waiting for. I can’t stop playing it. Serbia brings us an uptempo, urban song with powerful vocals. By reproducing some of the choreography from the videoclip, this could really slay in Malta. I only have one complaint – I don’t want it to end! I want more U La La La.
Bernardo: “U La La La” catches your attention and keeps you hooked until the very last note. The production quality should wow you, as should Dunja’s deep and powerful vocals. She is so competent for her age. Soul baby, soul! This will be a stand out performance in Malta. Slay Dunja! And let’s dance when you’re done…
Chris: Far and away the best “pop” entry in this year’s contest, “U La La La” had me on first listen. I don’t think it holds up well on repeat listens, but that shouldn’t hurt its chances on the night. Dunja kills it in the video and I’m expecting great things from her on stage in Malta. Surrounded by ballads and down-tempo numbers, this could snatch the crown by standing out in a good way.
Jason: Wow, I was not expecting this. For such a cute girl, Dunja has a lovely deep tone to her voice, and I for one love it! “U La La La” is upbeat, catchy and totally memorable. It has universal appeal and this will help it in Malta. Good job Serbia!
Deban: Disco with grit — I love this! Dunja’s vocal range is impressive. She starts off very low, takes it higher and storms the beat with her pipes throughout. No doubt this entry will stand out in Malta. “U La La La” is fun. It calls me to the dance floor — and I can’t help but answer.
Josh: Serbia is notorious for sending simplistic, sweet ballads to Junior Eurovision, but not this year! Dunja’s “U La La La” is child-friendly, catchy, memorable and danceable. I’m a tad worried about how low the start of the song is, and how that will go live. But I’m thrilled that Serbia has finally decided to submit an upbeat song.
Mario: This song puts a smile on my face! “U La La La” sounds like a pastiche of ballad, funk and soul — and it most definitely works! The songwriter Leontina Vukomanovic, joined by another (Junior) Eurovision powerhouse Vladimir Grajic, has done a great job thinking outside the box. If Serbia keeps the swag and teen-friendly feel, as seen in the video clip, this could do miracles in Malta.
Robyn: With all the JESC songs that have serious messages or that try to be serious dance tracks, it’s just nice to find a classic disco jam. Dunja is a total disco diva and she delivers a soulful vocal. “U La La La” is a highly infectious track, and just really well done in every aspect.
William: Energy, optimism, a head-bobbing beat — I la la love it! The song is urban and fresh, and harks back to pre-jury Eurovision when countries were happy to throw down ethno dance tracks. And boy does young Dunja do that, sounding like a proper disco diva in the process. She serves a big voice with a healthy side of attitude and it’s totally captivating.
Zakaria: The song and the video are fun to watch and listen to, plus Dunja has a very soulful, mature voice. But I can’t say this song is my favourite — it gets too repetitive towards the end with all that “U La La La”. I fear this may get lost and forgotten during the show.
Our jury for 2016 consists of 21 jurors, but we only have room for ten reviews. The remaining 11 scores are listed below.
The highest and lowest scores are removed prior to calculating the average score. This is to remove outliers and reduce potential bias. We have removed a low of 4 and a high of 10.