In 2010 they gave us Epic Sax Guy and in 2014 they gave us Cristina Scarlet ripping out her weave at the climax of her song. But what will Moldova give us this year as part of its national selection O melodie pentru Europa 2017? The Wiwi Jury, our in-house panel of music unprofessionals, is in Chisinau finding out as we review all of the competing songs. We continue with Sandy C and her song “A Beautiful World”. Is it beautiful or maybe not so much? Let’s find out!
Sandy C – “A Beautiful World”
“A Beautiful World” reviews
Deban: Sandy’s singing is barely average. To make matters worse, she fails to enunciate properly, and struggles to connect with the cameras or the panel of judges in front of her. That said, “Beautiful” does contain a few magic moments. The chorus in particular is warming.
Robyn: I was trying to listen to the lyrics to figure out the message of the song, but then I realised I couldn’t actually understand what she was singing most of the time. The result is that Sandy C isn’t selling what she’s singing. I think it’s a love song, but by the time the key change comes, it just sucks even more joy out of the song.
William: I’ve reviewed six songs so far, and this is among the most modern: It feels very 1999. Everything is relative and, in a sea of sub-par songs, she leaps ahead by having a melody and a pair of tailored trousers. The lyrics are cheesy and the music is predictable, but at least I can make it to the end.
Chris: This is like a bad lip-sync reading of “Undo”. In fact, I genuinely think this might be a bootleg demo version of “Undo”. I’m begging Sandy C to hit some more of those notes, too. Too often it sounds like she’s going just too low for the note. Maybe with better production there’ll be something better on offer.
Bogdan: I wish the song were as beautiful as Sandy C. However, “A Beautiful World” is a forgettable, made-for-Eurovision Swedish ballad that doesn’t evoke any special feelings in the listener. Sandy C’s correct and predictable delivery makes it even more boring. There is no spark to attract attention. And at Eurovision that’s a definite no-no.
In our Moldova Wiwi Jury, we have 17 jurors but only room for 5 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 8.5.