The Wiwi Jury — our in-house panel of music unprofessionals — continues to review the qualifying acts from Lithuania’s Eurovizijos Atranka 2018. Next we listen to Audrius Petrauskas with “In My Bones” and Elizabeth Olshey with “Bejausmis”. Did these songs leave us feeling fearless? Read on to find out!

Audrius Petrauskas – “In My Bones”

“In My Bones” reviews”

Anthony: Audrius can start the new year without endless comparisons with Vlad Max and really has stepped up a gear. With a pleasant build-up before bursting into life, it’s a stronger and more polished entry than “Shine Like Gold”. While the interaction with his backing singers was enjoyable from a staging point of view, Audrius will need to sort out the disjointed harmonies.

Score: 6/10

Luis: Oh dear, I hope whatever is in your bones is not osteoporosis. This is a decent folk-pop track that is let down in certain moments. In theory, Audrius is the singer, but then the backing vocalists join him and it all gets a bit confusing. There’s potential here, his voice is quite on point and the song is quite easy on the ears. I’m not sold on the title’s metaphor, but if he feels whoever he is singing to so inside, who am I to judge?

Score: 6.5/10

Lukas: “In My Bones” starts quite slow but it grows with each minute. The key change is nice but it doesn‘t lift the song that much. Audrius has a nice voice and he harmonises well with the backing vocalists. But the song and the whole performance doesn‘t have that wow factor. In a strong selection of songs, this would be just lost.

Score: 6.5/10

Renske: Audrius’ vocals sound good and they fit well with the song. Although “In My Bones” comes off as a dull ballad at first, it transforms into a modern pop number. While this worked for Nadav Guedj’s “Golden Boy” in 2015, it does not seem to work for Audrius.

Score: 5/10

Robyn: “In My Bones” is about halfway there. It has an enjoyable folk-pop sound and Andrius brings a lot of energy to the song. The feature that doesn’t quite work is the trio of ghostly backing singers, who bring a dated country sound with their close vocal harmonies. If the song was rearranged so the backing vocalists weren’t so dominant (yes, a revamp!), it could be a much stronger entry.

Score: 6.5/10

In the Lithuanian Wiwi Jury, we have 13 jurors but only room for 5 reviews. The rest of our scores can be found below:

Antranig: 8/10

Barnabas: 7.5/10

Bernardo: 6/10

Jonathan: 7.5/10

Natalie: 6/10

Raphael: 6.5/10

Sebastian: 6.5/10

William: 7/10

 

 

 

 

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 8.

WIWI JURY VERDICT: 6.59/10

Elizabeth Olshey – “Bejausmis”

“Bejausmis” reviews

Anthony: Elizabeth is a talented singer and although she channelled the emotion, it all makes sense when she’s near the bottom of the jury leaderboard. “Bejausmis” just plods along without any wow factor. The two piano note beating from start to finish does eventually feel tedious and really kills the mood. If she makes it to the middle of the competition, a revamp is seriously needed.

Score: 5/10

Luis: “Bejausmis” is just an excuse for listening to Elizabeth. Her voice is clear and beautiful and she’s got stage presence, but the song is just not there. It’s just two notes and some weird breaking beats that don’t fit at all. Fabulous for a jam session, lacklustre for Eurovision.

Score: 5/10

Lukas: Elizabeth has a great voice and she delivers this song strongly. However the song isn‘t that amazing and there is just something missing. The lyrics are quite questionable as well but it does stand out because of being in Lithuania. With some changes this could be a strong entry but for now, it is just an okay one.

Score: 6.5/10

Renske: Elizabeth possesses a good voice, but has neither stage presence nor charisma. “Bejausmis” stands out due to its combination of dubstep and Lithuanian. The song fails to transmit emotion and feels static.

Score: 5/10

Robyn: It’s one of those songs, the kind that no matter how many times you listen to it, it never sticks. The pop equivalent of being coated in talcum powder. Elizabeth is a great singer, but “Bejausmis” is lacking as a song. It’s mostly the fault of that plodding, monotone piano line. The song needs more depth.

Score: 6/10

In the Lithuanian Wiwi Jury, we have 13 jurors but only room for 5 reviews. The rest of our scores can be found below:

Antranig: 3/10

Barnabas: 3.5/10

Bernardo: 5/10

Jonathan: 6/10

Natalie: 6.5/10

Raphael: 7/10

Sebastian: 5/10

William: 4/10

 

 

 

 

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 3 and a high of 7.

WIWI JURY VERDICT: 5.23/10

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AngieP
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AngieP

“In My Bones”: Nice melody, very Ed Sheeran. I likr it gets stronger in the 2nd verses. It doesn’t draw you in though. It’s forgettable.
5.5/10
“Bejausmis”: good voice, but the song doesn’t go anywhere. I was bored after the 1st minute. 3.5/10

Hmmm
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Hmmm

Why you always review the worst songs from Lithuania Eurovision?They did not even get the best place. You should review Twosome, Paula, Greta Zazza, Vagelis…

Anthony Ko
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We’re reviewing all 24 qualifiers based on their respective heats in alphabetical order. All six qualifiers from the first heat are done and we’re now onto the qualifiers from the second heat, which includes Paula.

Ian
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Ian

In My Bones honestly sounds like a amateur remix of a Coldplay b-side.

CyxCy
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CyxCy

“In my bones” could have been a very nice song for this edition, but Audrius really lacks vocal technique. If there were not female choirs to support it the result would be very commonplace. With, they limit the breakage.

Conversely Elizabeth has a very powerful vocal technique, but the song itself is boring and easy to forget. And the staging too sober and dark.

Kris
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Kris

In my bones: 5/10
Bejausmus: 5.5/10