Last night, the Wiwi Jury — our in-house panel of music unprofessionals — gathered in Barcelona, Spain. After a lovely afternoon walk in Park Güell, we gathered in front of Montjuic’s fountains to review Manel Navarro‘s song for Objetivo Eurovisión 2017, “Do It For Your Lover”. Did we want him to be our lover, or were we rather dismissive of his love? Read on to find out…
Manel Navarro – “Do It For Your Lover”
About Manel Navarro
Manel is a 20-year-old singer from Barcelona. In 2016, he released his first single “Candle”. The song got plenty of attention and airplay, especially on the Catalan radio stations, paving his way to Spain’s Eurovision final. Three years ago, he won the contest Teen Star in Catalonia and released his single “Brand New Day”.
Wiwi Jury reviews “Do it for your lover”
William: The summery sound transports listeners to a land of pina coladas and SPF 50, a happy place where love flows and the six-packs shine. And much like an afternoon in the sun, things get very boring very fast. Manel has the voice, the charisma and the looks. But unfortunately the song is just pleasant rather than wow, and it’s pure monotony after the first verse. He wants to transplant us to Ibiza, but this feels much more like an EasyJet beach in Marbella.
Bruno Mars’ “The Lazy Song” Manel Navarro’s “Do It for Your Lover” is a slice of light, guitar-led teenage pop, which would probably have widespread appeal. But it is definitely not my favourite at Objetivo Eurovisión this year. The repetitive chorus quickly gets on my nerves and makes it hard for me to stand the entire three minutes. This would be a safe choice for Spain but definitely wouldn’t win the contest.
Jovana: This is not a typical Eurovision entry, but in spite of that, it’s my personal favourite in Spain. “Do It For Your Lover” sounds like a worldwide hit, and it would be one if it were sung by Shawn Mendes. It’s a relaxing reggae number with elements of electropop performed by a likeable singer. I have to deduct a few points for its lack of originality. Then again — in terms of Eurovision, it is quite original.
Bernardo: I won’t question Manel Navarro’s talent — it’s unquestionable. However, “Do It For Your Lover” sounds like a rejected Bruno Mars song. If sung with soul and given some atmospheric staging, he may be able to give this lift in the national final. For now, it’s just bland.
Chris: There’s a great deal of familiarity going on with “Do It For Your Lover”. But that’s not really too much of an issue in this context. This feels more homage than copycat. Manel’s got a good voice and the chorus becomes enough of an earworm that it’s still going around in my head whilst I type this. I don’t know if it would succeed at Eurovision, but it might do respectably.
Jordi: It’s January, but it feels like summertime already. I’m kind of pleased that Spain is bringing something current, varied and fresh to the selection with this track. Manel’s reggae-pop vibe takes me to the beach — and makes me think of watching the sunset with a guitar. Sitting on the sand I wouldn’t mind listening to this over and over again. But when it comes to Eurovision I’d have to get up and use the toilet. I’m afraid this isn’t strong enough to compete in a song contest. He definitely has the look, but I would like to see more dynamism.
Luis: Manel got me from the first minute. Maybe it’s my desperate need to find a decent song in my country’s selection that makes me like this much more than I should, but hey, I’m loving it. “Do It For Your Lover” might be repetitive and way too similar to “The Lazy Song”, but it still works. Manel serves charisma and elicits warmth. The song is instantly likeable and so radio-friendly. Normally it would round out my top 3, but given the level of Spain’s selection, this young man is the only one who can save us from a total car crash.
Robyn: There’s a lot of potential in this song — a cute guy with an acoustic guitar, singing a song that blends beachy guitar style with electronic flourishes. But the end result isn’t so great. The chorus is so disappointing and sounds like a children’s rhyme: “Clap your hands and do it for your lover”. But yet I could still see this doing quite well in Kyiv, especially if that potential is realised.
Our Spanish Wiwi Jury consists of 19 jurors from across the globe. However, we only have room for eight reviews. Here are the scores from the rest of the jurors:
The highest and lowest scores are dropped prior to calculating the average score. This is to remove outliers and reduce potential bias. We have removed a low of 0 and a high of 9.5.