avenue sky MESC 2018

Bongu! It’s another lovely day in Malta, as our Wiwi Jury – our team of music un-professionals – continue to review the songs of Malta Eurovision Song Contest 2018.

Today they’re looking at boy band Avenue Sky. The six-piece group are made up of artists from ages 34 to 17, including solo artist Aidan (who’s entering himself with Dai Laga). They enter MESC for the first time with “We Can Run”.

Avenue Sky — “We Can Run”

“We Can Run” Reviews:

Angus: “We Can Run” bristles with boyish enthusiasm, thumping along with all the energy and infectious enthusiasm of an international sporting event anthem. Avenue Sky have served up a big wedge of cheese, and while initially delicious, you can have too much of a good thing. The same energy that initially advantages the song, flags after the first minute, and vocal polish can’t distract from the limited lyrics on offer here.

Score: 5/10

Antranig: “We Can Run” is carefree, easy listening with a positive message. It’s certainly an enjoyable three minutes and it builds towards a memorable climax. As a whole, it’s a very credible entry and could do reasonably well at Eurovision. However, you have to feel as though it is a bit too middle of the road to make a huge impression.

Score: 7/10

Jonathan: A boy band with members of such varying ages (between 17 and 34) is an interesting concept. But Avenue Sky still seem to gel quite well together. “We Can Run” is a nice uplifting song, and no doubt to get all of Malta chanting “hey oh-oh-oh”. The studio version gets a tad repetitive towards the end, but they should be able to lift it and bring the energy the song needs for the live performance.

Score: 7/10

Luis: Avenue Sky sound like what Lighthouse X should have sounded like, if they had sent a current entry in 2016. That means there’s two problems here: Lighthouse X went to Eurovision two years ago, and they crashed out in the semifinals. These guys won’t probably fare better if they somehow manage to get to Lisbon.

Score: 4/10

Barnabas: This song could actually win, as the boys come with some and solid pop rock tunes, however it wouldn’t be a standout in Lisbon. It lacks the “boom” that usually exists in such tracks. If they won, they should consider adding some kind of instrumental to the track, and turning the last chorus to an even more heavier one. Close it out with a “bang” on stage.

Score: 6/10

Natalie: This is a really pretty, anthemic song that is sure to lift the hearts of a lot of voters. It’s pretty subtle and bouncy too, which just makes it that little bit more likeable. The only criticism is that at times, it might be a little bit repetitive and grating – “Hey Oh Oh Oh” can only take you so far. But this is a nice little song for the Maltese selection.

Score: 7/10

In our Malta Wiwi Jury, we have 17 jurors but only room for 6 reviews. The rest of our scores can be found below:

Chris: 5/10

Deban:  6/10

Robyn: 3/10

William: 5.5/10

Sebastian: 5/10

Bernardo: 6.5/10

Rezo: 5/10

Josh: 6/10

Jordi: 3.5/10

Lukas: 6.5/10

Patrick: 5/10

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 7.

WIWI JURY VERDICT: 5.53/10

Do you want to run with Avenue Sky? Let us know your thoughts on their entry in the comments section below!

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Francesca
Francesca
5 years ago

I’m rooting for this song because one of the teachers (Andy) is actually an English teacher at my school! Hoping they do well ?

AngieP
AngieP
5 years ago

I can imagine listening to this song while driving. But I can’t see this in Eurovision. It sounds dated and it’s forgettable.
5/10

EscAU
EscAU
5 years ago

lol this song got rejected for mesc last year you can see on wikipedia, guess they needed fillers for this year so they put it in the mix this time :O

Héctor
Héctor
5 years ago

I like it. It’s nothing special, but I usually enjoy this type of songs. Tbh, there aren’t many songs better than this one in the Maltese selection.

6.25/10

This time I must say I agree with Antranig.

Weißbrot
Weißbrot
5 years ago

The only interesting thing about this song is, that the guy in the middle of the foto looks like the guy who sings Dai Laga.

Weißbrot
Weißbrot
5 years ago
Reply to  Weißbrot

Well, i just noticed that he actually is the guy who sings Dai Laga. now there’s nothing left lol.

Purple Mask
Purple Mask
5 years ago
Reply to  Weißbrot

Hahaha! Brilliant. 🙂

Purple Mask
Purple Mask
5 years ago

I agree with most of what has been said already, and I’m with Angus on this one. This song delivers plenty of enthusiasm and cheese, but has an effect that slowly wears off throughout the three minutes. It really is Lighthouse X “Soldiers of Love, 2.0”! The most memorable part of this song is the “hey, oh-oh-oh” hook, which makes it sound like the music to a promo for a political ad campaign. The group can certainly run for election, but maybe not for the Eurovision title. 5/10

Polegend Godgarina
Polegend Godgarina
5 years ago

The problem with this song is that the vocals are overlapping each other to the point that it sounds like a giant mess. Maybe they wanted to convey the running metaphor, but the result ain’t cute.

Kris
Kris
5 years ago

I like this one. nothing special in it though!! Needs a better chorus than just hey- oh oh oh

A 6.5/10

Aaron
Aaron
5 years ago

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=co_4_5IOqwQ

Paula’s song for Eurovizijos Atranka is out…

WINNER ALERT

AB
AB
5 years ago
Reply to  Aaron

But now that you’ve said that, it’ll bomb in the semis of the national selection.

Kris
Kris
5 years ago
Reply to  Aaron

I heard it….not a fan and the Lithuanian jury seems to agree with me

Polegend Godgarina
Polegend Godgarina
5 years ago
Reply to  Aaron

A bop, sounds like something straight out of Camila Cabello’s new album. Production on POINT.

Purple Mask
Purple Mask
5 years ago
Reply to  Aaron

Yep, impressive. Unlike Polegend, I’m not a big fan of the production on this track. But I do like the song. 🙂

Briekimchi
Briekimchi
5 years ago

I could do without the really cheesy harmonising parts of the song but this sounds like a serviceable addition to the soundtrack of an animated kids’ film. Having said that, as a boyband, they do have a Lighthouse X problem. What exactly is their appeal and who is their target audience?

Colin
Colin
5 years ago

Another run the mill, forgettable MESC song. It’s not as badly written as some of the others, but boy it’s bland.

4/10