Our Wiwi Jury keeps on moving on through Switzerland, as we review the six acts in Die Entscheidungsshow. The next singer to face the jury is former Voice of Germany Kids winner Michèle. Her song “Two Faces” gives us “sugar and soul”, but is it too sweet for the jury? Find out below!
Michèle — “Two Faces”
In 2013 at the age of 12, Michèle won the first series of the The Voice Kids Germany. Now aged 16, the teen is the youngest competitor in the Swiss national final this year. She describes herself as a “good listener” and is a big fan of jogging. She’s a get up and go kind of girl!
“Two Faces” Reviews
Antranig: I have a thing for all the “up and down, lost and found” opposites Michèle sings about. It’s very “Hot N Cold” and makes for compelling listening. I would like to see Michèle move more on stage and work that beat. In this national final, “Two Faces” has the most potential to come alive on the Eurovision stage. Whether or not she wins, Michèle has a bright future ahead of her.
Jason: “Two Faces” could be really good. With a different performer that is. Michèle is a perfectly capable vocalist but she lacks stage presence. Sass and swag would really elevate this track, which is the most current of the bunch. Michèle doesn’t really perform, and it is a shame, because “Two Faces” has some potential that will likely remain unrealised.
Chris: The studio version of “Two Faces” does a wonderful thing of hiding the obvious issue with the performance. Michèle’s vocal is good, but she simply lacks the confidence and sass needed to elevate the song on stage. As a comparison, Laura Tesoro serves well: Laura made “What’s the Pressure” work for her in vocal and performance. When they’re in harmony, that gets you somewhere. Unless Michèle can really find that before the final, this could be a case of a good artist and a good song going to waste.
Jovana: “Two Faces” is probably the catchiest song in this year’s Swiss NF. It features a radio-friendly beat and the lyrics are easy to sing along to. I was already singing to the chorus before I finished the song. Still, it doesn’t stand out sufficiently. At Eurovision it would probably be drowned out by much better-cut songs of a similar sound. Catchy enough to qualify, but it’s definitely not a winner.
Florian: The song’s start is pretty interesting: Michèle’s voice fits the melody and builds with it. But some of the lyrics irritate me and the scream is unnecessary. From that mysterious beginning, the song results in a rather mediocre chorus — especially those repetitive “oohhs”. There is so much potential in this song, but it simply gets lost after the verses.
Robyn: Michèle is a really good singer and “Two Faces” is a fun and spicy pop song. But together they’re a bad match. Imagine “Two Faces” sung by someone like Armenian national finalist Egine, a performer who can bring the needed swagger and sass to the performance. Sixteen-year-old Michèle delivers a technically sound performance, but she seems to lack the life experience to deliver the attitude the song needs. But there is potential and I will be interested to see how it turns out at the national final. Also, sugar and salt aren’t such extreme opposites — salted caramel is delicious!
Josh: I have two reactions to “Two Faces”. One reaction is that I think the song isn’t terrible. The other is one of complete and utter cringing. Michèle’s voice is sweet for a sixteen-year-old girl, but she needs more power and force in her delivery for me to buy what she’s selling. I hope that the live performance will do her some favours, provided she ditches that awful Michael Jackson “ow!”. I can’t deal with that.
William: Vietnamese chefs frequently mix sugar and salt to create amazing flavours. Sadly, Michèle’s recipe doesn’t work out quite so well. The song aims for swagger but comes off as limp. And talented Michèle seems to know it as she looks and sounds uncomfortable tackling this dated R&B song. Perhaps she best sums up my feelings when she lets out that truly annoying “Owwww!” Great singer, appalling 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 3 and a high of 8.5.