The Wiwi Jury — our in-house panel of music unprofessionals — continues to review the eight acts competing in the grand final of France’s Destination Eurovision 2018. Next we take a look at the Portuguese-born Lisandro Cuxi, who recently won The Voice of France. He’s singing “Eva”, but did we feel his modern R&B? Read on to find out!
Lisandro Cuxi – “Eva”
Kristin: I surely get why Lisandro is such a fan favourite. The boy practically owns the stage, the audience and not to mention the song! “Eva” is power through and through, from the very beginning, Lisandro is taking control and giving his all in the performance. This has all the potential to rock the skirts (metaphorically speaking) off everyone in Lisbon. Definitely a very strong contender. I approve.
Lukas: Lisandro has a great voice, look and some serious dance moves. The song “Eva” is very good as well. He definitely stood out in the first semi-final. Since the song is very upbeat it needs more dancers on stage with Lisandro to lift the performance even higher. With some arrangements, this one can be a huge competitor to win France’s selection.
Bernardo: I’m still trying to understand how an 18-year-old has so much stage and voice control in such a powerful and uptempo track. It’s just mind-blowing. France may have its winner here. Young talent, and a well-produced pop track with an incredibly catchy chorus. It may not have a deep meaningful message, but it slays where it has to slay. And the guy has Portuguese roots. More points in my book. Well done!
Deban: “Eva” is an average song, however, Lisandro’s delivery elevates this to great heights. A talented singer, dancer and an accomplished trilinguist, Cuxi has won many hearts on both The Voice Kids France and The Voice of France. He is upping his game yet again, and baring it solo on his journey to Eurovision. No gimmicks here — this is raw talent!
Jovana: Lisandro has deservedly emerged as one of the favourites of Destination Eurovision. “Eva” is contemporary and radio-friendly, but still manages to stand out, mostly due to Lisandro’s vocals and onstage presence. The combination of French and English could guarantee it success in Lisbon.
William: This song may have one of the best pre-choruses in the entire Eurovision 2018 selection. It’s powerful and instantly likeable, mixing modernity and mystery with plenty of attitude and drive. Lisandro sells it, dropping smiles, powerful vocals and plenty of emotion. I’m totally buying into it….until the final 30 seconds when we learn that Eva, woman of strength and passion who doesn’t show her face, is a single mother. It’s a total mood killer, which is a shame as the rest of this is so, so strong. Tweak that and France is on to something very good indeed.
In our Destination Eurovision Wiwi Jury, we have 15 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 6.5 and a high of 9.5.