On Wednesday, February 7, the UK makes its choice for Eurovision: You Decide 2018. Ahead of the show, the Wiwi Jury — our in-house team of music un-professionals — is reviewing all six acts to help you make a decision!
After helping out Belgium with their acts in 2015 and 2017, SuRie looks to be the main star for the UK. She sings “Storm” at You Decide!
SuRie — “Storm”
Chris: There’s something brewing in “Storm”, certainly. It’s just whether or not the live performance will help unlock some of that. Right now, there’s lots of good ideas – particularly with the verses – but it does feel like there’s a missing link in the middle. The UK has proven they can revamp a song by now though, so if SuRie delivers something great live with this version, it could only get better.
Luis: Clean Bandit meets Malta’s MESC. There are good ideas here, but they’ve flirted too much with clichés and common places and the result is an average lovechild. This doesn’t make any impact, it just passes you by and two minutes after it ends, it’s gone forever. The UK can do much better than this.
Robyn: Three minutes isn’t long and a lot of Eurovision songwriters are frustrated that they can’t do everything they want to do in that time limit. “Storm” doesn’t have that trouble. It sounds like it’s based around a couple of good ideas that have been padded out into a full song. The end result is a song that feels repetitive and despite its positive message, it wears out its welcome after only a couple of minutes.
Sebastian: “Storm” has a slightly anthemic quality – which also serves as it’s weakness. Either you go all out, or you go ballad. It’s a strange mix of both that fails to make an impact. Lyrically, it could work for a country where English isn’t the first language. But for the UK, it’s a little weak. It’s a drizzle, not so much a storm.
Bernardo: It’s far from perfect but it’s not bad. After the three minutes, “Storm” is gone and I can’t remember anything. Not even the melody. It’s repetitive and brings nothing new to the table. However, SuRie’s voice is quite interesting. I would like to see her back with another song.
Jonathan: “Storm” is a bit Eurovision by numbers. It’s nice enough, has a relatively catchy chorus and talks of perseverance. But how many Eurovision songs would fit into that description? (Too many to count.) In the end it would be a very safe choice. Yet, the UK really needs anything but safe at the moment and should be trying to push the boundaries in order to climb up the scoreboard.
In our UK Wiwi Jury, we have 16 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 4.5 and a high of 7.
WIWI JURY VERDICT: 5.61/10
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