Today the Wiwi Jury – our in-house panel of music unprofessionals — travelled to Lisbon to tour the newly renamed Altice Arena in preparation for Eurovision in 2018. After the Iberian sun fried our skin we decided to seek some shade and review the entry for Portugal at Junior Eurovision 2017, “Youtuber” by Mariana Venâncio. Do we want to like, comment and subscribe to her YouTube channel? Read on to find out…
Portugal’s Junior Eurovision 2017 song
Bernardo: Mariana, gurl, you are my addiction. “Youtuber” is an infectious track about social media, love and teen drama that just stays in your head for some reason. It may sound annoying, but Miss Venâncio bring plenty of charisma and vocal control – some adults may be jealous. The song arcs back to the old days of JESC when kids co-wrote their entries. Easy to listen to and catchy in its simplicity.
Chris: It’s easy to get swamped down in the negatives of “Youtuber”. It’s pandering done wrong. Combined with that is the 80s demo backing track, matched with a song about being online. A Portuguese Siegel-esque nightmare. Which is why it’s such a shame that Mariana’s performance is somewhat overshadowed by the negatives. Because this girl gives it her all and then some. I want to root for Mariana, but the song makes it just too difficult.
Jordi: Retro flavour and cool vibes – welcome back Portugal! This is a really fresh, surprising and addicting tune – but I’m not so into the lyrics part. However, Mariana’s great voice keeps the rhythm flowing in a very pleasant way. The chorus part is the one that falls short slightly to me. It seems a risky but smart move. The new generations already added the word “Youtuber” to their vocabulary. But I’m concerned if both – kids but mostly parents – will really relate to that song.
Luis: Let’s face it: Mariana is way above her song. While “Youtuber” is not unlistenable, it’s not the best effort either. The problem is that when you listen to the song, it’s too evident that it was an adult who wrote it and composed it. However, let’s focus on Mariana, because she’s the true star here. She adapts to the song perfectly and gives her all. I’d use this case as an example of how should you deal with your life: take what you are given and make the most of it!
Robyn: This is an unusual song. Musically, it sounds like the soundtrack from a wine bar in the 1980s, but lyrically it’s a very modern look at the online life, of using social media to snag the attention of a crush. Mariana is super cute and she brings the right tone to the song. While the music is sophisticated, it never feels out of place with her vocals.
William: Haters gonna hate and slayers gonna slay — get it, Mariana! Serving bossa nova realness and major Latin flair, Mariana takes us to the jazz bars of Lisbon and the blues cafés of Rio. Thematically she explores our obsession with fame and how it serves as a window into our deep-seated needs and desires. All the philosophising ultimately begs the question of whether our quest for likes is really a quest to like ourselves. Mariana has got the charisma. She’s got the voice. And she’s getting a like AND a subscribe from me with this one.
Our jury for 2017 consists of 20 jurors, but we only have room for 6 reviews. The remaining 14 scores are listed below.
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 5 and a high of 9.