The UK makes its choice for Eurovision 2018 next week, with Eurovison: You Decide 2018 in Brighton. The Wiwi Jury is getting ready for the event by reviewing all six acts participating. What do our in-house team of music un-professionals think of the UK’s offering?
An alumni of the first season of The Voice UK, Jaz Ellington has worked with numerous stars such as Lauryn Hill. He’s even teamed up with his former Voice coach, will.i.am, to work with NASA! His entry for You Decide is “You”.
Jaz Ellington — “You”
Chris: As everyone can attest to, Jaz’s vocal is truly something to behold. He won’t need fancy staging or any trickery to earn votes with “You”, and the overall package would be another safe entry for the UK. Perhaps it’s for that same reason though, he wouldn’t be right for Eurovision, if the UK wants to keep on progressing. But it’s a track I could happily listen to again and he could still shock many of the night.
Kristin: There´s some serious Sam Smith vibes going on here. Jaz is smooth, yet a strong vocalist and the song just floats without effort and leaves a warm feeling. True, the lyrics are bittersweet, and perhaps a little bit mean. “I´m going to tell her how perfect she is. I´ll just do it in the morning, and add the fact that she´s not you, which will suck..for her.” Such a dreamboat. But nonetheless, this song is definitely worth noticing.
Bernardo: What an incredible voice, paired with a distinctively average song. I think I’m actually a bit angry that Jaz and his multi layered voice is going to miss Eurovision because of it. The lyrics are nothing special and it’s unlikely that the staging will do much difference in this case.
Robyn: This is such an unusual song, especially as a Eurovision entry. Jaz Ellington is an incredible vocalist and delivers strength and warmth to the song. “You” does interesting jazzy things, which is one of the reasons why it’s so unusual. I’m not quite feeling it, but I’m still really keen to see what it’s going to be like at the grand final. There’s potential for some vocal fireworks, that could elevate it beyond the bittersweet lyrics.
Jonathan: Jaz has a fantastic voice, and will no doubt be a standout of the live show. But, based on the studio version there’s not much that particularly grabs my attention, apart from the Michele Perniola style “No”. Respect the entry though, and have no problem with it being in the national final. But you just keep waiting for that spark to connect with the song, as at the moment it just sits in the ‘pleasant’ category.
Sebastian: Vocally, Jaz is almost flawless. But “You” is one of those songs that is incredibly divisive. On this end, it sounds like generic and ‘soulless’ gospel soul. Lyrically, it’s so full of cliches, made all the more cheesy when delivered by Jaz’s strong vocals – the only redeeming feature. Without sounding too shady, it’s a B-side to a modern day Mariah track. Not good.
In our UK Wiwi Jury, we have 16 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 4 and a high of 9.