Belarus’ national selection for Eurovision 2017 takes place on January 20. So in recent weeks the Wiwi Jury — our in-house panel of musical unprofessionals — has been listening to and reviewing all of the songs. It’s a tough gig, but somebody’s got to do it! Next up is Kattie with “Wild Wind”. Are we feeling her peaceful ballad? Read on to find out…
Kattie – “Wild Wind”
“Wild Wind” reviews
Kristin: KATTIE is on to something here. There is a dramatic flair to the song, which just needs a little bit of boost, and she performs it beautifully. She caught my attention at the first note. The song just flows effortlessly. Maybe it doesn’t leave much behind, but I still got goosebumps while listening. Just a little nudge to increase the drama, and we have a full-on power ballad. Oh, but that dress…NO! This is a dramatic ballad, not a Disney Sunday special!
Sami: Was this really written by the same team who wrote pop gems including Agnes’ “Release Me“? The authors — Sharon Vaughn and Anders Hansson — have had their songs on the Eurovision stage too: Vaughn with “Waterline” and Hansson with “Children of the Universe”. Both of those songs are miles away from “Wild Wind”. The lyrics are okay, but the production and melody are utterly tiring. The song isn’t going anywhere and just leaves you cold, just like a breeze of wind.
Robyn: Before this song was revamped, I noted that it needed to punch up the drama — and that’s exactly what they’ve done. It has a dramatic 1980s rock ballad feeling, and the choir sound on the chorus gives Kattie the boost she can’t manage on her own. Bold and dramatic!
Mikhail: It is nice, really nice. The melody starts off a bit boring, but I love the ending — it’s fierce, it’s magical and it’s exactly what this song needed. The problem is that it still has to bring listeners to the dramatic point of the song and not to lose them on the way. The new addition to the song needs a bit of a crescendo, because it sort of gets mixed with the preceding part. But there is a potential.
William: Call it war, call it faith…I’ll call it borrrrring. I respect Kattie as a vocalist and I like the ethereal, angelic vibe she’s got going on. But this angel has wings made of paper and she doesn’t bring enough power to “Wild Wind”, which just swirls in place and makes me sleepy.
Chris: Okay, so the “wild” in the song title is slightly misleading for what we get, but I can see potential with Kattie. She has good vocals and the song itself, though it takes too long to kick in to gear, is pleasant. There’d need to be a huge overhaul of staging, but with the ESC stage offerings, that could work. I wouldn’t be displeased to see it go further.
Luis: I’d give this the title of the best ballad of this bunch. Unfortunately, that’s not saying much. “Wild Wind” made me think of an uninspired version of “Start a Fire”. I somehow find the concept of the lyrics similar, and Kattie’s voice fails to deliver the song as well as Dilara’s did. Her voice is sweet, but that’s all. There’s no hook, there’s nothing memorable about this. In the end, it’s just drama for the sake of it.
Antranig: Kattie’s “Wild Wind” might all be smoke and mirrors — this is a pretty tame ballad. The last 30 seconds kick things up a notch but it’s too little too late. Kattie’s vocals weren’t too convincing at the auditions but I believe she will sound stronger with better audio equipment. While this isn’t my favourite, I think this has the most potential of all the entries and I’m hoping for a strong revamp. Kattie has all the ingredients to succeed — hopefully she has the right recipe.
In the Belarus Wiwi Jury, we have 17 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 3 and a high of 8.