Get the kettle on and pour us a brew! The Wiwi Jury — our in-house panel of music unprofessionals — has reviewed the first five of the Eurovision: You Decide acts. And now we reach the final hurdle with Nate Silver and his number “What Are We Made Of”. Is the song made for 12 points? Read on to find out…
Nate Simpson — “What Are We Made Of”
About Nate Simpson
Twenty-three-year old Nate is, like the other five acts, a former X Factor candidate. He appeared in the 2016 show, making it through to Judges Houses. Prior to that, Nate has performed in the Cheltenham Jazz Festival. He also released an EP, Steady, before his time on the show.
“What Are We Made Of” Reviews:
Forrest: Nate Simpson certainly has an impressive range, although I’m not sure that alone is enough to carry this song. The chorus seems out of place, almost as if the song was written in two parts. Perhaps this is why “What Are We Made Of” lacks the oomph necessary to make it a truly moving ballad.
Chris: I groaned when the chorus first came on. It’s just so painfully paint-by-numbers generic. Let alone the fact that the lyrics make me yearn for LeKlein of all people. It’s telling that this didn’t come from the same writing camp that the majority of entries did — because it’s miles below everything else in this selection. That’s saying something. A shame to waste such a talented performer on this track.
Bernardo: Where is the hook? I’m still waiting for it to come. Nate’s voice is great, but once again, it’s against a bland song. It just does not stand out in the UK selection — and let’s not even talk about Eurovision. It’s pleasant to hear, but just that.
Anthony: “Simpson, eh?” Sadly for Nate, it’s less a case of “Woo-hoo!” and one more of “D’oh!” He’s got a beautiful, soulful voice but after a promising start the chorus kicks in and we get enough cheese to smother a bowl of nachos. Mmm… nachos (drools). It even makes Malta’s ballad specialist Franklin Calleja look even more adorable and the song suits him better as well.
Antranig: This was the last song revealed and before I heard it I thought the national final was of very high quality. After hearing this, though, I had to reevaluate that description. Lyrically and vocally, this is on point. But as a song, it’s extremely boring and I find myself with no reason to come back and listen to it again. I don’t believe it does Nate’s talents any justice.
William: The soaring chorus shows off Nate’s stellar vocals, but it seems to come out of nowhere and has little to any relationship to the verses that precede it. But the game of cut-and-paste isn’t the biggest offence. That award goes to the clichéd themes and lacklustre melody. This is so off-Broadway that it’s in New Jersey. Gurl, bye!
Robyn: I fell asleep when this was first broadcast (ok, it was 1am where I was) so I was expecting it to be snooze-inducing on future listens. But it’s not! It’s actually quite good. I don’t think “What Are We Made Of” would work as a Eurovision entry — it sounds more like a number from a musical. But it’s still an enjoyable song in its own right.
Kristin: I disagree with everyone, because I actually like this. Sure, maybe it’s generic and a bit paint by numbers, but I found it refreshing. Nate is charming and just seems like such a nice bloke. Of course, it helps that he has a beautiful voice too. This might not be the best song in the world but so far, this one is my favorite at You Decide. Shake the haters off, Nate. You are fab.
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 1 and a high of 9.