Sveiki…or should that be Hola? Our Wiwi Jury may be in Latvia, but today’s entry has some definite Spanish flair to it. Our team of music un-professionals are reviewing Jenny May, with her track “Soledad”
Fans of national finals gone by may remember Jenny from her attempt to represent Latvia in 2006. Since then, she’s been nominated for “Best Pop Album” in 2010, as well as “Best Song” awards. Her next album will be Latin-influenced, as seen in “Soledad”.
Jenny May — “Soledad”
Robyn: “Soledad” is such a shameless “Despacito” clone that it’s only really missing a Bieber guest verse. This isn’t a case of plagiarism, just some songwriters who have taken a whole lot of inspiration from 2017’s massive international hit. But while they’ve managed to capture the technique of Luis Fonsi’s hit, it’s sadly lacking any of the attitude of the original. The sunny Latino vibe is an odd match for the breezy Baltics, but here it is.
William: We’ve heard it before and we’ve heard it better. “Soledad” is derivative, monotonous and gets lost in the very long shadow of “Despacito”. This feels less “Altice Arena” and more “Cinco de Mayo BBQ where you drink too much and wake up in your neighbour’s yard”. Even so, it is a bit of a mood-lifter….
Kristin: Nope, nope and nope. After a whole summer of “Despacito” everywhere in all versions possible, there comes a point where you just can´t take it anymore! This is just a bit too much of a worn out copy and paste.
Antranig: Not sure if it’s Riga or Malaga, but Jenny May is delivering Iberian flavour to the Baltics. “Soledad” is distinctive and vibrant. It’s an easy, “forget your worries and have some fun” track. It feels like a better incarnation of Mirela’s “Contigo”. Everything works here and if it comes together with a colourful performance on stage, this could be a bold but ambitious choice for Latvia.
Jonathan: The first “Despacito” rip-off in the 2018 national final season, and no doubt it won’t be the last. “Soledad” is one of the more interesting songs in this year’s Supernova line-up and definitely has some personality to it. Yet, while I am all for international music reaching as many people as possible, surely some of the home audience should be able to speak the language. How else would Latvians be able to relate to this if it was their entry?
Edgars: Sure, “Soledad” sounds very much like “Despacito”, but so do 90% of latino songs. It’s not a valid argument to use to criticise this entry. But that’s not to say the song is any good. We’ve faced some difficulties before with a Latvian accent on English songs. Now, Jenny is ready to take it to the next level with a Latvian accent on Spanish.
Chris: To give Jenny credit, it’s not like she’s taking an easy option with “Soledad”. Her back catalogue includes Spanish-language songs, so this is no big curveball for her career. Yes, it’s very weird for it to be in a Latvian selection, but that’s not the real issue. “Soledad” just lacks either energy or anything to make it “cool”. Fine for a three minute bop, but not much more.
In our Latvia Wiwi Jury, we have 14 jurors but only room for 7 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 10.
WIWI JURY VERDICT: 4.88/10
So our jury aren’t suffering from a case of Spanish fever with Jenny’s entry. Let us know all your thoughts on the song in the comments section below!