The Wiwi Jury — our in-house panel of music unprofessionals — continues to rank and review the 43 songs competing in Eurovision 2018. Next we journey to Slovenia where EMA winner Lea Sirk has “Hvala, ne” (Thanks, no). Did her song make us want to say “yes please” or “no thanks”? Read on to find out!
Lea Sirk – “Hvala, ne”
“Hvala, ne” reviews
Antranig: Never have I been more pleasantly surprised in my life than the day “Hvala, ne” won EMA 2018. This is the most attitude and personality Slovenia has served at Eurovision since the great Maja Keuc. Lea Sirk brings this to life and a little touch of female rap is certainly much appreciated at Eurovision. This is definitely my guilty pleasure of Eurovision 2018 and Lea has the potential to get Slovenia back to the grand final.
Bogdan: Judging just by the audio track, Slovenia’s entry goes by almost unnoticed, but it comes alive on stage: I love the fresh beats, the live performance, the choreography, and Lea’s stage presence and stunning beauty. It’s one of the more current songs this year and, despite its repetitive chorus, I hope it will do well. There’s not a dull moment and the three minutes fly by. Hvala, yeah!
Cinan: This song is unique — the sound itself is very different. I did not expect that from Slovenia, and I am happy about that. Every different thing in the song is impressive. I like the “Hvala, ne” very much and I’m sure it will qualify this year for the grand final.
Luis: Let’s be honest: “Hvala, ne!” is a hot mess. An absolutely enjoyable hot mess, but still weird af. I’m not sure how Europe will respond to one of the sassiest women in this year’s field, almost rapping in Slovene over breaking beats. The best thing about Lea is how much she believes in her entry and how she sings it with conviction. That alone could perfectly lead her to the final.
Renske: “Hvala, ne!” screams feminine power and is very contemporary. Though the song tends to become a bit repetitive after the first chorus and it’s difficult to catch which story she wants to tell. Overall, I love Lea’s style and she is the living proof that rapping and Eurovision can go along.
William: I follow Lea on Instagram, where she frequently shares adorable and tender photos of her with her daughter. And then I watch this performance and she’s a total badass with an attitude dropping it like it’s hot with her posse of equally badass dancers. Yes, Lea contains multitudes! And that comes through in this wackadoodle performance which features one of the best pre-choruses of the year, which is followed by one of the worst choruses ever. From the constant thrusting to singing through fake windows to repeatedly saying no thank you, she has opened up a can of crazy and overdosed. It is giving me life! I really hope to see this in the final.
In the Wiwi Jury we have 20 jurors but only have room for six reviews. The remaining scores are below:
We have removed the highest and lowest scores prior to calculating the average. This is to remove outliers and potential bias. We have removed a low of 4 and a high of 9.
Wiwi Jury verdict: 6.58/10
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