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 the young performer Max Cinnamon with his song “Ailleurs”. Did it make us want to look elsewhere? Read on to find out!
Max Cinnamon – “Ailleurs”
Kristin: Aaaawww, isn’t he just the cutest?! Hugs! Max is one solid performer live. He seems comfortable on stage and that is his biggest asset, along with his steady voice. “Ailleurs” runs smoothly and is a very approachable song. It doesn’t create any fireworks but it’s strong in its simplicity nonetheless. Sometimes less truly is more.
Bernardo: Max’s stage presence is the highlight of the entire production. That and his vocal control — incredibly stable for his age. “Ailleurs” isn’t much different to what we hear in the radio nowadays and despite that being a formula for success to get a radio hit, it doesn’t bring anything new to the table in Eurovision. It falls in the average category.
William: What are good vocals made of? Max Cinnamon and spice and everything nice! His voice, which seems to have only recently changed, has so much potential and he’s already wielding it like a pro. Undaunted by the stage, he walked out with confidence and nailed it. The toe-tapping, guitar-strumming song is a feel-good ditty that rides the current trends — perhaps a bit too closely. But regardless it announces the arrival of a talent to watch in the years ahead. Just not at Eurovision 2018.
Deban: Simplicity is what drives this entry. Max Cinnamon gets bonus points for sounding just like his studio version. I love the bilingual approach adopted here. However, although this is a pleasant number, it isn’t punching any headlights.
Jovana: It seems that this year we have an Ed Sheeran in every national final. It’s like every country has its own “Shape of You”. “Ailleurs” is a good, catchy song overall, plus it has a chorus in English so you don’t need to know French to sing to it. But it sounds too familiar and not at all fresh, which is why I can’t give it a higher score.
Lukas: Max is so cute and his performance was very charming as well. Everything about this song and performance screamed Ed Sheeran. But the song needs a better climax because right now it is missing. I would like to see more power in Max’s voice as well because right now this entry is to safe for me.
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 8.