With Switzerland’s Die Entscheidungsshow coming up on February 5, the Wiwi Jury — our in-house panel of music unprofessionals — continues its reviews of the six finalists. Up next is former Voice of Switzerland star Freschta. She’s singing “Gold“, but is she on our medal table? Find out below!
Freschta — “Gold”
Afghan-born Freschta first hit Swiss TV screens in 2014, when she took part in the second edition of The Voice of Switzerland. Coached by Swiss rapper Stress, she made it all the way to the semi-finals. Freschta previously attempted to represent Switzerland in 2015, submitting a song as part of a duet to the web-vote — but failing to make it further. Now she’s back and going solo!
Jason: “Gold” is a rousing and current ballad, and probably the best entry in the Swiss final. Freschta undeniably sounds like Adele, and that is not a bad thing! Her strong, pure voice stays flawless throughout and is complimented beautifully by the gentle orchestration. However, I fear that “Gold” could be lost at Eurovision. To revamp its current form would be a sin, though. Clever staging would work wonders for this entry.
Robyn: Freschta has an amazing, strong and clear Adele-like voice and she brings warmth amid the aching heartbreak of “Gold”. The song works best with its sparse arrangement — the strings and horns brought in near the end sound a bit cheesy, but that could be improved. This is easily the strongest song in the Swiss final and could provide a moment of stillness and emotion at Eurovision.
Chris: Freschta tells us “you’ll never know, you’ll never know.” That’s likely because we’ll all have died from boredom before the answer arrives. From her performances on The Voice of Switzerland, it’s clear that her deep vocal does work on soul songs. Unfortunately, “Gold” has no life. The whole thing feels far too dreary and will not motivate people to vote.
William: Her name is Freschta but there is very little about this that is actually fresh. The melody — while very pleasant — does all it can do in the first 40 seconds before repeating on loop. Her voice is lovely — I’m getting major Tracy Chapman feels — but not even that can turn this plodding, mediocre number into gold.
Edd: Freschta possesses a beautiful, soulful voice, but “Gold” really is the definition of underwhelming. It’s in serious need of a catchy hook and far more elements in the production — give me some violins, some trombones… even a kazoo will do! Just something to keep me from losing attention and day dreaming about Verka Seduchka dancing around in a tin foil dress.
Jovana: On paper, “Gold” has everything necessary to make a good ballad: a singer with powerful vocals, emotional lyrics, the piano. However, “Gold” still isn’t memorable. The rhythm is steady throughout most of the song. Freschta hits all the notes, but sounds like she’s trying too hard not to change a single one. The performance kind of feels emotionless. It’s just too bijou for a Eurovision audience.
Bernardo: Bring on the tissues. Freschta, honey, your voice is golden! Deep, moving, stirring — it’s just perfect for a power ballad. Although this is strong lyrically, I can imagine Freschta opening a semi-final and being forgotten after 18 performances. It’s just not high-impact enough for Eurovision.
Florian: Freschta has a soulful voice that really helps the song build to something of a memorable chorus. But towards the end of the song, when she starts to stretch her vocals, it loses its way. Perhaps a bit more dynamism would have kept this interesting. Staging wise, a piano could work wonders and help “Gold” find a decent result in Die Entscheidungsshow.
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 3.5 and a high of 9.