The Wiwi Jury — our in-house panel of musical unprofessionals — hasn’t had time to stop for breath ahead of Eurovision: You Decide. With the show taking place on Friday night, we’ve been listening and reviewing — and we’re finally up to the penultimate act. Selena Mastroianni is here to get us up on our feet with her pop dance number, “I Don’t Wanna Fight”. Is she in with a fighting chance though? Check out the reviews below!
Salena Matstroianni — “I Don’t Wanna Fight”
About Salena Mastroianni
Her gorgeous complexion, fiery artistry and distinct last name are just three of the signs that Salena is of Italian descent. She also happens to be a distant relative of the famous Italian actor Marcello Mastroianni. She briefly appeared in the X Factor auditions stage in 2012, but didn’t feature after that point. She has worked with Robbie Williams during his live concerts, and lists Jill Scott as one of her influences.
“I Don’t Wanna Fight” Reviews:
Robyn: I like the big energy of this song and it could provide a really enjoyable live performance. The song could have really broad appeal with its mix of a traditional pop song and modern production. My only concern — Europe expects the UK to deliver big pop icons. Is Salena going to measure up?
William: Grenades, semi-automatic weapons, ballistic missiles — there are certain things I don’t want covered in a pop song. But along comes Salena with her modern take on a peace anthem. The “I don’t wanna fight” riff is tolerable. The refrain of “put down our weapons” is not. Words matter — and they can ruin an otherwise catchy and likeable song when misused.
Anthony: Considering Georgia went for a peace theme not so long ago, this couldn’t come at a worse time for the UK to follow suit. It has the tropical house vibes of Brequette’s “No Enemy”, mixed with a Trijntje-esque hook of “why-oh-why-oh-why”. With another former X Factor contestant, I’m hoping for a better result than the one in 2008.
Bernardo: “I Don’t Wanna Fight” is no lyrical masterpiece — actually in some parts it’s plain sloppy. It needs a strong instrumental to compensate, because the voice is already there. Salena’s vocals are actually the only stand-out part of a forgettable song.
Florian: Salena could be another strong contender for Friday’s win. “I Don’t Wanna Fight” is a straight-forward, well-built pop piece. Salena has a great voice, which of course gets to shine in the chorus. Overall, “I Don’t Wanna Fight” could be more than just Eurovision material and would definitely bring the nation back to the left-hand side of the scoreboard.
Chris: If all of the lyrics to this song were changed, I’d probably enjoy it a lot more. It feels like the writing team were briefed to somehow include a peace message against all odds. Because this song is actually good, beneath it all. You’re taking a tropical fruit salad and pouring salad cream over it. They just don’t go together, honey.
Matt: This is a classic peace song that oozes club anthem charm. Traditionally these songs do well by themselves — and this song is no different. With a catchy hook in there too, it may get votes. Still, I worry this theme has been played out one too many times
Dayana: “I don’t wanna fight.. We can make it right.. Only love survives”? Feels like I’ve heard it somewhere already (like the Eurovision 2013 final featuring Ireland and Russia). But if you abstract yourself from the lyrics and focus on the song and the voice instead, then you’ll probably love this entry. After all, we all love energetic songs we can dance to, don’t we?!
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 and a high of 10.