There’s Eurovision royalty in the house at Eurovision: You Decide. Lucie Jones takes part with the song “Never Give Up On You”, written partly by 2013 winner Emmelie de Forest. But the Wiwi Jury doesn’t give out any favours just because of past performance, y’all! What do our troupe of music unprofessionals think about Lucie’s effort? Check out the reviews below!
Lucie Jones — “Never Give Up On You”
About Lucie Jones
Of all the X Factor acts in this competition, Lucie had the most ignominious exit of them all. She lost out to Jedward in the public vote in the 2009 series after the vote went to Deadlock. The Welsh singer quickly moved on, though, partnering her music career with one as a model. She’s most recently been seen on stage, where she’s starred in both Legally Blonde and RENT.
“Never Give Up On You” Reviews
Chris: I spent the entirety of my first listen waiting for the moment. A beat change. A soaring climax. But it just never comes — all edging, no payoff. Instead, it relies solely on Lucie’s vocals, which I have no doubt about. Is that really enough though? Probably not.
Matt: This West End starlet has lit up theatres and she dazzles me vocally with her sultry love ballad. She sings with conviction and grabs you from the first lyrics. With Emmelie De Forest writing this fabulous ballad, it will go far and could do really well in Kyiv.
Josh: When you get the right ingredients, you should be able to make something delicious. And let me tell you, this cake does not rise! Everything about this should be amazing — a great vocalist paired with powerhouse songwriters including a former Eurovision winner. However, this song is dull, forgettable, and easily one of my least favourites in this national final. Sorry Lucie, but I’ve given up on you.
Luis: Lucie has a gorgeous voice, but that’s not enough. This is definitely a case of “it’s not her, it’s the song”. There’s nothing wrong with “Never Give Up On You” — but there’s nothing that makes it a Eurovision song either. It’s plain and laid back. All done on purpose, of course, because it’s all about Lucie’s voice. However, leaving it all to the singer’s voice is putting all the eggs in one basket, and that doesn’t usually work. This is a prime example.
Dayana: After all those “pop-drop” songs of 2016, this is a breath of fresh air. Lucie’s charming voice fits the melody perfectly and the beginning is particularly compelling. Then there’s the chorus and suddenly I want to fall asleep. The lack of a decent chorus ruins the whole beauty of the song — and it’s very sad for that.
Edd: When a ballad lacks emotion, what is its purpose? Neither her voice nor the production nor the lyrics conjure up any sort of emotion inside of me. It just all comes across as so forced, so false. When the sincerity of the message is lost, it doesn’t even have an interesting production to fall back on — just a piano and one violin. I’d much rather be given a sleeping bag than sit through this performance.
William: The song may have a songwriter with the last name “De Forest”, but that doesn’t make it a good song. Nor does it give it shape or swell or a memorable (or even identifiable) melody. I understand stripped back. But this lacks so much – texture, drive, direction — that Lucie is virtually naked. She may never give up on this song, but I already have.
Robyn: The first time I heard “Never Give Up On You”, it sounded like a barebones demo rather than a deliberately stripped-back arrangement. But on later listens, I get what they’re trying to do. It’s all technically nice, but I’m getting an emotional connection. Let’s not forget that in 2009, Lucie lost The X Factor deadlock sing-off against Jedward. That’s not just a random pop fact — it’s a potential insight into her appeal as a performer.
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 3 and a high of 9.