Eurovision: You Decide 2018 will decide the UK’s act for Eurovision 2018. The show takes place tomorrow night, February 7, in the Brighton Dome. Our Wiwi Jury is four songs in to their reviews, with Goldstone leading the way so far.
At just 16 years of age, Asanda is the youngest of the You Decide contestants. In fact, she’s still studying for her GCSEs — multi-tasking to the max, y’all! She sings “Legends” at You Decide and is currently the favourite in our readers poll. Will our jury agree?
Asanda — “Legends”
Deban: Fun, energetic and irresistibly infectious, “Legends” is the most 2018 track of the bunch. Asanda’s youthful pizzazz and the inspirational lyrics behind her entry make her the most lively act. The production here makes a great case for staging and badass choreography. Eurovision needs some urban flavour, and much of it can be found in this entry.
William: RuPaul once warned her queens to turn up the heat or go down in flames. And Asanda is definitely doing that with “Legends” — a song that’s hot, immediate and unapologetically unique. From the thumping horns, limitless swagger, and use of tribal, indigenous instruments, this sounds like no other song in the 2018 national selections. It even dares to undo the traditional chorus. Girl is literally marching to the beat of her own drum! Fame is banging on the door, Asanda. This is your time to answer.
Josh: It’s easy to see why people would get excited over this. By the UK’s standards, this is modern, poppy and fun. But look at “Legends” for what is it. It’s a 16 year old girl singing lyrics like “we be legends” and “I’m feeling fame”, performed to a mishmash of an instrumental that can’t make up its mind on what genre it wants to be. You can’t blame Asanda for performing lyrics that sound like they’ve been written by a middle-aged man speaking the language of the youth in 2018.
Anthony: An uptempo tribal feel-good song a with a hint of trumpeting, Asanda makes an immediate impact with a bop of an entry. This would really stand out should the rest of Europe follow the influence of Salvador Sobral. But a word of caution as we found out with Olivia Garcia last year. If Asanda fails to pull off her live performance in Brighton, the votes might end up elsewhere.
Cinan: Alright girls! It looks like United Kingdom is heading back to the top 5 this year — if they choose this song. Absolutely blown away with that sound (which is absolutely different). It’s easy to imagine hearing it on the radios all around the Europe and the audience dancing in the Altice Arena. It is absolutely perfection, hopefully the UK will do their job and create some spectacular staging: Legends deserves this!
Chris: There’s about a minute and a half of a great song here. Unfortunately, “Legends” runs out of steam immediately after that. It feels like everything is just a very prolonged pre-chorus before the beat kicks in as the chorus. That’s fine in some circumstances, but coupled with the repetitive track, it’s a worry for how much it will hook voters at Eurovision.
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 and a high of 10.
WIWI JURY VERDICT: 8.39/10
Asanda storms to the top of our rankings with an incredible score from our Jury. Do you think she could be a Eurovision legend? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.