Zdravo Srbija! The Wiwi Jury — our in-house panel of music unprofessionals — has touched down in Belgrade, the host city of Eurovision 2008. After partying late into the night at an abandoned warehouse-turned-club, we gathered ourselves to evaluate Tijana Bogicevic and her Eurovision 2017 song “In Too Deep”. Are we falling deeply in love with Serbia’s contestant? Read on to find out!
Tijana Bogicevic – “In Too Deep”
About Tijana Bogicevic
Tijana Bogicevic is a Serbian-born, America-based singer. She was internally selected by the Serbian broadcaster, perhaps owing to her long history with the contest. Tijana has previous Eurovision experience as one of the backing vocalists for Serbia’s 2011 act, Nina, and she also competed at Serbia’s national selection Beovizija in 2009, but failed to qualify to the final. Her song for Kyiv was written by a team including Borislav Milanov and Joacim Bo Persson — who were part of the team behind Bulgaria’s “If Love Was A Crime” in 2016. They’ve also worked on Macedonia’s song for Kyiv, “Dance Alone”, and Bulgaria’s entry “Beautiful Mess”.
“In Too Deep” reviews
William: The dreamy xylophone opening draws me in and the pre-chorus promises something spectacular. Then the dated drum ‘n’ bass chorus hits and it’s more of a whimper than a bang. Even the ethnic instrumental leading into the bridge — one of the most consistently effective Eurovision tropes — fails to get the blood flowing. Tijana isn’t in too deep. She’s treading very shallow musical waters.
Anthony: Even though the overall production of the song all adds up to the point where we’ve heard it all before, Borislav and Joacim continue to werk their songwriting magic…although repeating Poli’s fourth place is a big ask. Serbia might be aiming to bounce back from last year’s result, but anything can happen on the night with Tijana’s live performance.
Sinan: Serbia is back in the game! Last year Sanja Vucic was so good, even if her song didn’t scream radio-friendly. But this year Serbia’s song has the sound of a massive international hit. Tijana is solid vocally and easy on the eyes. I hope the live performance is going to be even bigger! Let’s do this, Serbia!
Chris: An obvious example of a song of two halves. The chorus is the real star — a soaring banger that is right up there with the best of the year. Unfortunately, it’s oddly paired with a “good at best” verse, which sounds childishly amateur in its composition. The song (and Tijana, likely) can’t be expected to go 100% all the time — you need those peaks at the right time — but it feels like they went a step too far with this. As a result, the whole thing is dragged down.
Deban: This Katy Perry-esque club banger isn’t bad. Tijana’s clear diction is an asset here. Her delivery of “In Too Deep” doesn’t tie her to Serbia, making this one of the more polished attempts from her country. However, “In Too Deep” isn’t teaching me anything. Neither is it pushing any musical boundaries. It is simply nothing more than a safe product delivered safely.
Robyn: Like FYR Macedonia’s song, “In Too Deep” is an uplifting modern pop song, but it’s generic to the point of being interchangeable. It sounds great in the studio version, but fast pop songs are harder to reproduce live. How will the heavily produced studio version sound when translated to the live Kyiv stage?
Jovana: When the teaser was released I had really high expectations for “In Too Deep”. Sadly the full version was disappointing. Serbia’s team haved played it too safe. There is literally nothing original about this. The dance beats, the drum and bass, the breakbeat, the vocals, the overall production – it’s all done by the book and that’s exactly why it sounds so generic. And I can’t make up my mind on that ethno element — sometimes it appears to have been forced in, at other points it seems to work. For all these reasons “In Too Deep” is a qualifier, but not a winner.
Sami: The first time I heard the song, I was really excited. Now I’m just bored. There is nothing here that we haven’t heard before. Tijana is a professional with a very rich voice, but the live performance really needs to lift this up for Serbia to have a shot at qualifying.
In our Wiwi Jury, we have 38 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 4 and a high of 9.
Wiwi Jury verdict: 6.93/10
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