Last year Jamala pulled on Europe’s heartstrings, securing victory in one of the most exciting Eurovision finals ever. And now the six finalists are showing their courage as they attempt to follow that. Vidbir 2017 — Ukraine’s national final — will take place this Saturday, and of course the Wiwi Jury — our in-house panel of music unprofessionals — is ready to judge. Next up is Melovin with “Wonder”. Does his song live up to its title? Read on to find out…
Melovin – “Wonder”
Antranig: “Wonder” might not be wondrous but there is a lot to like about this entry. The live performance and delivery elevates the song, with superb staging choices and flawless vocals. The weak points are the lyrics and the repetitiveness. This obviously wouldn’t be another Eurovision winner for Ukraine but it would be a respectable host entry.
Robyn: I accidentally watched this with subtitles on and was surprised at the intended lyrics versus Melovin’s pronunciation. But it still sounds good and he brings plenty of attitude. I’m less impressed with his teen emo style, but as he seems to genuinely be a teen emo and the novelty contact lens is his gimmick, then perhaps he’s just being true to himself. All up, “Wonder” is a good song, but there’s room for improvement in the performance.
Chris: What kind of emo Le Jazz Hot look is Melovin trying to sell me here? Unfortunately, it’s also probably the most notable thing about the song. It’s got a kind of bland charm to it. I don’t want to turn the song off, but it totally feels like a legitimate artist’s eighth track on an album. But seriously, that look is fascinating.
Mikhail: The first thing I want to say is that I’m in love with Melovin’s hair and eyes. It looks dope! Now that that’s out of the way, let’s talk about the song. It is really nice, but it falls a little bit flat for me. I get the feeling that the song doesn’t suit his voice. It’s like they’re not made for each other and I’m just not getting that wow factor. It’s still enjoyable though.
Natalie: This feels like such a missed opportunity. Melovin seems to know what he’s doing and he has a good connection with his song, but there’s very little to this aside from heaps of piano chords, shallow electronic effects and Melovin’s repetitive chorus. There’s such a lack of love and soul given to this song, as though Melovin couldn’t be bothered to tweak and edit. It’s not sickeningly bad — there’s just better crafted and more memorable music out there.
Stanislav: I guess this song has everything to stuck in heads after its hypothetical win. Although there is not enough to have a song, you need charisma and staging. I have no doubt that they can make extraordinary staging with different effects. Additionally, Melovin has his own highlights – eye and hair colour(s) — something would make him stand out at Eurovisions. I would like to hear more electronic music and fewer ballad moments. And I’m lacking some power in the chorus. It’s a nice song for representing Ukraine, along with Tayanna’s one.
William: Coat from The Matrix, hair dye from the teenage emo kit, pronunciation straight out a Belarusian national final — there’s a lot to think about here. And the more I think about it, the more this feels manufactured and inauthentic. Musically underwhelming and lacking soul, this is a mediocre song dressed up by the LED. Not a fan.
Jason: Melovin (excellent name btw) really needs to work on his English pronunciation, because for the first minute or so, I didn’t actually realise that he was singing in English. That aside, “Wonder” is a current entry and is performed brilliantly by Melovin. It wouldn’t set the competition alight, but it is perfectly satisfactory.
In our Ukraine Wiwi Jury, we have 17 jurors but only room for eight 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 5 and a high of 8.