The Wiwi Jury — our in-house panel of music unprofessionals — continues to listen to and review the eight competing acts in France’s Destination Eurovision 2018. Next up is songwriter-turned-star Nassi, and his song “Rêves de gamin”. Did we share his dream of childhood? Read on to find out!
Nassi – “Rêves de gamin”
“Rêves de gamin” reviews
Antranig: This is certainly one to keep an eye out for. However there are plenty of vocal issues and some minor staging issues that need to be ironed out for it to work. The best parts of the live performance were when there was no singing, which is disappointing because the song as a whole is vibrant and exciting. I hope the issues can be worked on because this song has the potential to deliver France another top-ten finish.
Chris: There’s certainly a lot of potential in “Rêve de gamin”, but in its current form, it’s not there yet. The childish element of the song doesn’t quite come across on the stage, bar the overgrown school kids outfits. On Spotify, the song pops, but when live, there’s just too many issues at the moment.
Robyn: Going into the semi, this seemed like a surefire qualifier, if not the winner of the heat. But it didn’t quite work out. Despite sounding strong and confident during the Stevie Wonder cover version, when it came to the “Rêves de gamin” performance, Nassi’s vocals sounded shaky and the staging was a chaotic mess. But that’s not to say it’s unsalvageable. There’s still a really good song in there, and if the worst of the semi-final kinks can be ironed out, this could easily be a contender to win.
Josh: Upon first listen of the snippet of “Rêve de gamin”, I just about screamed. The studio cut was a surefire way to get France to the top of the scoreboard in Lisbon. The live performance, however, was a little lacklustre. Nassi was failing to deliver power in his vocal and his dancing looked awkward and half-assed. The dancers were too much for the Destination Eurovision stage – making the stage look the same size as the roof of my Kia Rio. There’s potential here, but a lot of work needs to be done to get this ready for Lisbon.
Jonathan: The studio version of “Rêve de Gamin” is pure magic and would be pushing towards a 10. Unfortunately, it’s clear that Nassi’s live vocals and performing abilities are not as strong as some of his other competitors. The staging seen at the semi-final would also probably come across slightly strange to a non-French speaking audience, unless they were more acquainted with Stromae’s music videos. So, while there’s a lot of potential here, there’s also definite improvements to be made before the Destination Eurovision final for this to be France’s best option.
Luis: “Rêves de gamin” is an amazing song let down by a mediocre stage performance. Nassi needs to improve his vocal ability if he wants to go to Eurovision. If not, the juries will murder it mercilessly and with reason. There are moments when you’re suffering because he can’t hit the notes. The concept of the performance is ok, however the translation to the stage is a bit of a miscarriage. Nassi seems a bit lost and the dancers keep disappearing from sight. It needs some tweaks and polish, but there’s a lot of potential here.
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 4 and a high of 9.