The Czech Republic has surprised us with a national final, so the Wiwi Jury — our in-house panel of music unprofessionals — have journeyed to Prague to check out the acts competing in Eurovision Song CZ. First up is Got Talent star Eva Burešová with “Fly”. Did it make us want to take flight? Read on to find out!
Eva Burešová – “Fly”
Deban: “Fly” is an emotional pop-ballad orchestrated with arresting clap-beats and modern instrumentation. It takes flight with a sound that crosses over. Eurovision fans will celebrate the fact that this was written by an ESC veteran. However, the strength here is that it is fabulously delivered by one of Czechia’s most controversial emerging stars.
Kristin: Jeez, never has one song managed to pack so much depression into three minutes. No wonder Eva wants to fly away. It has all the best intentions to be a big rollercoaster of strong emotions, but instead it just becomes monotonous white noise after about 90 seconds. Which is such a shame because Eva is one hell of a performer. If only she had a better and stronger song.
Mikhail: It is powerful, no doubt. I love the arrangement — it is so diverse. Eva has a remarkable voice and I absolutely adore the moment right at the beginning of the chorus, where she is mixing it up with falsetto. But there is something that pulls me away and it is lyrics. I don’t care about lyrics so much usually, but sometimes it bugs me. There is too much “fly”, which is so overused. The other lyrics are also somewhat basic and do not add much to the song.
Antranig: The first two seconds present a very memorable beat and I was expecting this to go into Margaret Berger territory of dark contemporary pop. However, the lyrics here are just extremely basic and at times cringeworthy. A terrific vocalist with flawless instrumentation, but when you put it all together as one product, it’s not a very strong package.
Josh: Whilst “Fly” is emotive and powerful, it’s also quite generic. I can appreciate the quality in the production and Eva’s voice complements the instrumental beautifully. It just lacks the dynamism and the wow-factor I need to really get behind an entry. A good effort from Czech Republic but at the end of the day, it’s a middle of the pack kind of song.
Robyn: “Fly” has created a moody soundscape, with a combination of both electronic and traditional instruments. In combination with Eva’s vocals, it creates an ethereal feeling. But as a song, “Fly” isn’t strong enough. The chorus doesn’t have enough oomph and it just ends up feeling like background music, rather than a song in its own right.
In our Eurovision Song CZ Wiwi Jury, we have 16 jurors but only room for 6 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 4.5 and a high of 8.