Next week, the UK makes its choice for Lisbon in the final of Eurovision: You Decide 2018. The Wiwi Jury, our in-house team of music un-professionals, is on hand to give you an idea of who to look out for in the contest.
Liam Tamne will be performing “Astronaut” at You Decide. Liam’s stage work includes roles in Hairspray and the Rocky Horror Picture Show. Is he sending us in to space with his song? See our thoughts below:
Liam Tamne — “Astronaut”
Kristin: Is it just me, or are there parts in the song where Liam flat out pronounces his lyrics like he´s Elmer Fudd? With that said, “Astronaut” is a little underwhelming. The spirit is there to make a good song, but it kind of just falls flat. Liam´s voice is quite good, and is by far the best thing here. The song just needs a little revamp. More power — come on, Liam, you can do it!
Deban: I love the stripped back style, but it comes with a major drawback — Liam’s personality is stripped out too. This is a distinctly average song with slightly annoying digital flourishes. Still, it’s pleasant enough for three minutes.
Robyn: This song could be cut and paste into any national final from Western Europe. It’s such a generic contemporary pop song, with no sense of personality or a story. Liam is an undeniably talented singer, but there’s a limit to the number of times one can listen to a singer asserting that he’ll be a metaphorical astronaut. I’m ok with this song being a step in the gradual improvement of the UK’s national final process, but it’s too dull for Lisbon.
Antranig: Average is the first word that comes to mind. The song feels very generic albeit very current and on trend. Liam’s vocals fit the song perfectly and that takes it a long way — that’s definitely the song’s biggest strength. Lyrically it is a bit messy — “I could be your astronaut” comes across a bit creepier than they probably intended. Overall, this is a decent effort and Liam could do well if he can perform it live.
Edd: From that Scandinavian anthemic melody, to the Alan Walker style post-chorus, this really is “generic Eurovision song” at its best. My only issue (other than the atrocious lyrics) is that the song is simply too Norwegian to be representing the UK. We have excellent musicians in our country, and I would feel embarrassed if we decide to send a song produced by Scandinavians for the sixth time in the past eight years.
William: Liam has a gorgeous voice — it’s smooth, silky, sexy and soothing. When he says “let me take you far away,” who could refuse? And while his talent is top-notch, the song feels beneath him. The lyrics are cringe and the melody generic, so much so that it renders colourful Liam into something more black-and-white. He deserves better. But no matter. He’s got a new fan in me and countless others.
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 3 and a high of 8.5.