The Wiwi Jury is off to Switzerland! This year Die Entscheidungsshow is all about girl power with all six finalists having a female vocalist at the front. Of course, our band of music unprofessionals is representing both genders and every background you could want. Today, we’re looking at Nadya, with her dramatic number, “The Fire in the Sky”. Is she burning bright? Read on to find out…
Nadya – “The Fire in the Sky”
Nadya is the lead singer of band Rhythm Plant, but she’s going solo in Die Entscheidungsshow. The 23-year-old singer was a finalist on the 2016 edition of Switzerland’s version of “Got Talent“. Her wide range of musical heroes includes Aretha Franklin, Lady Gaga and Michael Jackson. She’s also not scared to call herself a diva — sounds like our kind of act!
“The Fire in the Sky” Reviews
Chris: Nadya may be undersold by the live check staging. This is a song that calls for staging and lighting, but obviously that’s not going to happen in an off-shoot studio at SRF. But please give her some flames or flares during the live final! Pull it all together and maybe, just maybe, Nadya could cause a bit of a shock here.
Anthony: A minute into this and it becomes clear Nadya’s vocals are the strength of her performance. But the questionable lyrics in the chorus left me feeling a tad uncomfortable. Is Nadya trying to combine songwriting and poetry into one entry? Staging will play a crucial part if she’s to win over the Swiss televoters in the final.
Luis: I don’t know about the sky, but Nadya is lighting no fire in me. She might have a nice voice, but it’s nothing we haven’t heard before and she struggles in parts of the song. Not to mention those pre-apocalyptic lyrics. It’s trying too hard to create something transcendental out of a song that’s plain and uninspired. To sum it up, if the Devil is telling me “I’m watching you my friend”, I may show him this to keep him away.
Robyn: “The Fire in the Sky” is like a theme song for a low-budget James Bond rip-off. Nadya ain’t no Adele. While she’s a good singer and has a lot of character in her voice, she struggles with the low notes in the verses. And then there’s the chorus, with its tired sky/goodbye/cry/by/mind/try rhymes. Why? Sigh. Goodbye!
Jason: Nothing about this entry leaves a lasting impression. Poor Nadya tries her best to give some life to “The Fire in the Sky”, and although she can sing, she has absolutely zilch to work with on this dated track. Next.
Josh: Perhaps my least favourite song in the selection for Switzerland. Nadya’s voice is incredibly unique and endearing. However, you can hear her searching for that lower register. That train is arriving at Struggletown. The instrumental is so incredibly dated, so much so that some parts reminded me of backing music you’d hear in a documentary filmed in the 1980’s you were forced to watch during high school. Overall, a bit of a dud — I’ll be using this song as my toilet break in the show.
William: “Will we ever find peace in this world?” she asks. The answer is no — particularly if good singers like you are going to sing songs like this. While it might work well in a musical theatre production about the Apocalypse, “Fire in The Sky” lacks the charm and appeal needed for Eurovision. Despite the somewhat terrifying song, Nadya should be applauded for that nuclear voice. She exudes power and control.
Antranig: Nadya’s vocals are interesting. While they aren’t perfect by conventional means, I enjoy the way she uses her voice to add flavour to an otherwise vanilla ballad. The song itself is very weak — the lyrics are intriguing, yet bizarre. Nadya is a compelling singer but sadly her vocal talents can’t salvage this song.
In our Swiss Wiwi Jury, we have 19 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 0.5 and a high of 8.5.