They gave us two women in a hamster wheel, a drag queen wrapped in tin foil, and a singer with one very stunning LED tree. So naturally we’re all wondering who Ukraine will gift us this year for Eurovision 2017. Vidbir 2017, its national final, will take place tomorrow, and of course the Wiwi Jury — our in-house panel of music unprofessionals — is ready to judge each of the acts. Finally we look at O.Torvald with “Time”. Read below to find out what we think about it.
O.Torvald – “Time”
Robyn: Well, here’s the good rock. O.Torvald is an established Ukraine rock band and that shows in their slick and confident performance. “Time” is a decent rock song, and takes a number of Eurovision lyrical cliches (time to shine, y’all!) and flips the script. Of all the songs in the Ukraine national final, I’d most like to see this rocking the home crowd in May.
Chris: “Time” works its genre well and they’ve cast it in the Eurovision mould. It’s perhaps not on the level of Manga, for example, but certainly wouldn’t be an embarrassment. That being said, the lead singer makes this song a struggle. His vocals don’t have the required passion and, to be frank, aren’t really good enough. It drags the whole thing down a couple more notches.
William: The chorus is a loud, brash and irritating — and that hardly fits with his theme of love and peace! While I enjoy the visuals — an edgy man covered in tats with an exploding chest and an LED that gives The Simpsons a cameo — I feel this is style over substance. Not impressed.
Mikhail: I get the feeling that I’ve heard this somewhere before. The melody is neither innovative, nor memorable, and feels like any old pop-rock song. The live performance did not transmit any energy and it stirred next to no emotion in me. Despite all the banging, it passes me by like background music.
Jason: “Time” is a decent rock song performed with conviction by O.Torvald. Although rock is not one of my favourite musical genres, I actually quite like this song. It is always good to see a variety of musical styles at Eurovision, and I could see this appealing to a large number of people.
Antranig: “Time” is a mediocre attempt at Eurovision rock. The lyrics are quite cringeworthy at times and it is difficult to take the song seriously. Musically, it is a sound song, albeit a little safe — the instrumental has to be the best part of the song. We have to consider all aspects of the song and with lyrics like those coupled with the very sombre staging, “Time” is a bit of a mess.
Natalie: Oh, how I love the sound of strong rock music in a Eurovision song. There’s definitely a lot of experience and passion behind this — it’s not world-class stuff, but it does have great energy and a sense of style — the solo in particular was very nice to hear. Many marks have to be taken off for the lyrics: any song that makes me think of Googling “what rhymes with…” is pretty much criminal. All that aside, I’m very happy to have this in the Ukrainian final.
Stanislav: O.Torvald is popular in Ukraine. But I cannot understand those fans who voted for this performance looking only at the group’s name. We must look first at the performance itself and its chances at Eurovision. And when we do that we’ll see that this song is good — but not right for Eurovision.
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 3 and a high of 8.5.