The UK’s Eurovision: You Decide 2017 national final takes place on Friday, January 27. So the Wiwi Jury continues to work its through the six songs and artists. Today our music unprofessionals have a listen to Holly Brewer — another former X Factor contestant — and her song “I Wish I Loved You More”. Does she leave us wishing for more? Read on to find out…
Holly Brewer — “I Wish I Loved You More”
About Holly Brewer
Holly’s X Factor appearance in 2015 was short-lived. Whilst she made it through the auditions, she was cut off-screen before the bootcamp section. Boooo. Thankfully that hasn’t stopped the 21-year-old from continuing to perform. Among other gigs, she has performed at Michelle Keegan’s wedding to TOWIE star Mark Wright. She also starred in a pantomime alongside ex-Blue star and Eurovision 2011 singer Duncan James. Perhaps she’ll be calling on Duncan for some Eurovision tips, soon?
“I Wish I Loved You More” Reviews:
Robyn: “I Wish I Loved You More” is full of drama and will appeal to fans who like performances with lots of vocal tricks. For me, the song is over-done, and substitutes a catchy song for theatrics. All it would take is another Eurovision finalist that sounds cool and modern to make this seem like a remnant of the late 2000s.
Bernardo: After three minutes I’m like: meh. It doesn’t get me moving, it doesn’t get me crying. Holly’s vocals are — once again — the standout of the entire song. They’re soulful, deep and inviting. I just wish she had a more memorable song to get her to the top, because this voice is Eurovision material.
Josh: Upon first listen I really enjoy Holly’s efforts. Her voice is powerful and it suits the big-ballad style of song. Repeat listens lost momentum for me. This sounds like a cheap man’s “Halo” by Beyoncé, lacking the “queendom” and fierceness that Mrs. Carter exudes. A solid effort, but not my favourite.
Jovana: Although the song is not my personal favourite, I think that it works the best for Eurovision. “I Wish I Loved You More” features a classic recipe for an ESC ballad: slow start followed by an explosion in the chorus. Throw that in with a likeable singer with a good voice — done. It’s nothing revolutionary, but it works. With some good staging, it could actually look great on stage in Kyiv.
Forrest: I was ready to label this as a fairly generic, paint-by-numbers pop song…but then it hit the pre-chorus and it throws a curve ball. It’s all down to the gentle “ooh, amen” that gets your attention. Then the song hits you with a lovely swell into the chorus. When too many songs feel a need to do something edgy, it’s a breath of fresh air to have an anthemic chorus that makes you want to sing along.
Chris: I’m trying put the lyrics to one side here, because justifying them is just far too big a task (particularly the threesome allusion at the start). “I Wish I Loved You More” is obviously the best choice for the UK out of this selection. It’s the only song that remains in my head for more than a couple of minutes once it’s finished. If Holly nails this on the night, it should be open and shut.
William: Holly has a soulful voice that works across registers. It oozes attitude and could make the most trivial and shallow verses seem deep and meaningful. Unfortunately, I can only wish I loved her song more — it’s bland, predictable and smacks of an American Idol winner’s single (that quickly falls off the charts and into oblivion). A lyrical mess, the narrative is muddled and I’m still not sure what her preacher was going for with the sunlight. And I’m unlikely to find out: This puts me to sleep before the sermon ends.
Sinan: The UK would be back in the game if they sent “I Wish I Loved You More” to Eurovision. Holly’s voice is very powerful, yet controlled. The song is the best one for me: super clean and sleek and I know it’ll stand out live. I can already imagine her performing on the stage in Kyiv! It’s definitely my favorite to win the national final. I wish Holly success and a great live performance!
In our UK Wiwi Jury, we have 18 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 4.5 and a high of 10.