Supernova 2018 is nearly upon us, as Latvia’s search for its next Eurovision act starts on Saturday, February 3. Our Wiwi Jury is reviewing all 21 songs, as our team of music un-professionals gives you an idea of what to expect.
With just five songs left to go, today the Jury reviews Ed Rallidae with his entry, “What I Had With You”. The song’s writers include none other than Aminata Savadogo. Can Ed help her win Supernova for the third time, after entering in 2015 and writing “Heartbeat” in 2016?
Ed Rallidae — “What I Had With You”
“What I Had With You” Reviews
Edgars: Starts as a generic song, but it gets better at the end. Ed has a powerful voice and this is the place to prove it. Especially with the composition of backing vocals and his voice in the last minute. It’s a bit catchy, but still — it could be a struggle for this song to reach the final of Supernova.
Jonathan: This is one of those rare instances where a song’s verses are better than its chorus. The verses have drive and purpose, but that’s all lost in the chorus, which drags and is rather repetitive. The result is an odd mix of tempos that make the song slightly forgettable. The listener can’t lock on to one solid, discernible hook that’s consistent throughout the song.
Robyn: “What I Had With You” started with such a great vocal hook, it seems destined to be amazing. But it doesn’t quite do enough. The Aminata songwriting magic is there, but halfway through the song, it seems to have run out of ideas. But because there are so many good ideas in there, it could be saved with a revamp. Let’s see.
Chris: What’s strange about “What I Had With You” is just how overproduced it is – almost a complete opposite to “Love Injected”, if we’re looking at it from an Aminata perspective. The beat’s there but hidden under about two other layers. It means Ed is having to fight his own track, effectively, and you lose focus on him as a singer.
Kristin: Apparently he´s barely breathing…hun, you okay over there? This song is actually pretty good though, despite the clumsy lyrics at times. But the absolute best part is Ed´s voice, which hopefully sounds just as good live as it does in this video. If he slays the live performance, there is no knowing of what this song can actually do. It’s not the best of the bunch, but it’s definitely in the better half.
Antranig: There are a lot of problems with the lyrics here. The lyrics are at times messy and at times predictable, which takes a lot away from the song. The vocals are really captivating and the musical composition is mostly well executed. But ultimately this song needs a complete lyrical overhaul to stand any chance. Latvia have many better options.
William: Pass the man a ventilator — all this lack of breath is killing me! This song starts mysteriously and strongly, building continuously within its genre of jazzy-soul with a lounge beat. The production is smooth, he’s giving a strong sense of perspective and the song manages to provides several variations on a theme. And while it’s very interesting on first listen, I feel no need to play it again.
In our Latvia Wiwi Jury, we have 14 jurors but only room for 7 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 5 and a high of 7.5.