Today’s the day! The UK makes its choice for Eurovision 2018 tonight, during Eurovision: You Decide 2018. The Wiwi Jury has reviewed 5 of the 6 competing entries already. Now, our team of music un-professionals looks at the last act ahead of this evening’s excitement.
RAYA is a multi-talented star: singer, dancer, DJ and so much more. Her entry for You Decide is “Crazy“. The song has already got some Eurovision flair to it: Iceland’s Greta Salóme is one of the co-writers of the track!
RAYA — “Crazy”
Antranig: RAYA oozes personality and she has all the makings of a pop diva. “Crazy” might not be the most original of songs, but sometimes you don’t need to change the battlefield to win the war. The song achieves everything it sets out to do with aplomb and this will get fans across the UK on the dance floor. With fun and energetic staging, this could be a genuine contender.
William: A song like this needs a sassy performer. Thankfully, after meeting RAYA at the BBC artists’ night, it’s clear that she’s got attitude in spades. The song isn’t the most original thing ever, but it oozes soul and comes with a beat you feel instantly and consistently. Live, she can give it added texture and energy with her charisma, uniqueness, nerve and talent. Here’s hoping she makes us all go ooo and ahhh when she throws it down live.
Robyn: There’s a lot to like about “Crazy”, with its examination of being cray-cray in love. The song is a hook-laden gem and RAYA seems like she has a vocal chops to handle it. “Crazy” doesn’t sound like it would be a favourite with juries. Its simple pop styles might not impress enough, but there are a few power notes to grab attention. This could work in Lisbon. It just needs good staging.
Luis: This is formulaic and the lyrics are way too simple for a country where English is the first language. However, it somehow works. “Crazy” is catchy enough to keep you listening and you can almost sing it after you’ve heard it once. The studio version is not a guarantee, but RAYA sounds like someone who can handle the song and elevate it with a powerful vocal performance.
Deban: “Crazy” may take you to the dance floor, but it brings nothing new to the pop-music table. Raya sings well in the studio version. However, it springs up a few concerns as to how she might deliver this live. Nonetheless, the chorus here is seriously catchy and that is a great sign for a Eurovision entry.
Edd: It’s a perfectly written and produced pop song, which would have stood out fantastically if Greta Salome had decided to send it to this year’s sleepy Icelandic selection. Unfortunately for Raya, there are more memorable upbeat songs in the UK’s selection. “Crazy” does have the potential to gain some personality in the live performance, but she’s gonna have to be running around with a fluorescent green afro shooting a laser gun to get my vote.
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 6 and a high of 10.
WIWI JURY VERDICT: 6.89/10
Raya moves in to second place in our rankings, but does she make you crazy? Let us know your thoughts on her entry in the comments section below!