The Wiwi Jury — our in-house panel of music unprofessionals — continues to rank and review the 43 songs competing in Eurovision 2018. Next we head to the United Kingdom where two-time Belgium backing singer SuRie has her song “Storm”. Were we prepared for the weather? Read on to find out!
SuRie – “Storm”
Angus: Some storms cause devastation when they make landfall, others run out of steam before they arrive. SuRie’s storm falls into the latter case. She has a lovely voice, can perform with real gusto and has past Eurovision experience that suggests she won’t suffer from nerves on the big stage in Lisbon like past UK entries. But as always with the UK, the song just isn’t there. If the ambition is to creep into the Top 20, this will do just fine. But the UK should want more. And in that sense, “Storm” is severely lacking in ambition.
Anthony: Even though SuRie wasn’t my first choice, she nailed it on the night when it really mattered. In contrast to Lucie Jones’ effort last year, the revamp doesn’t seem to make a huge difference. And with every listen to that clichéd chorus, my brain keeps reminding me with flashbacks to the jingle from a certain Hampson Hughes advert. After last year’s extravaganza, staging will be crucial for the UK.
Antranig: “Storm” is a beautiful song and SuRie’s vocals are certainly her biggest asset. Unfortunately there is little to suggest that “Storm” isn’t anything but middle of the pack. It’s a good song but there’s no wow factor, no je ne sais quoi. It will be fun to listen to and enjoyable for the three minutes SuRie is on stage in Lisbon but in terms of results, this won’t turn around the UK’s fortunes.
Bernardo: First of all, SuRie deserved better. Such a talented young lady. “Storm” is that middle-of-the-road song that would grace your Spotify playlist but 30 minutes later you wouldn’t remember it. All this to make a point: everything that works in this is SuRie or because of SuRie, not the song. I — unfortunately — don’t predict a nice future for this song in Lisbon.
Chris: Storms don’t last forever, but “Storm” certainly hangs around for a while. Props to the BBC here: they’ve come up with a song that really works well in an arena. In studio form, the track doesn’t come to life as much. But having experienced the reaction and the anthemic quality SuRie can produce live, there’s real merit here. This could replicate the feeling Michal Szpak created, and maybe just help the UK’s continued creep up the table.
William: SuRie’s voice is light but sounds profound, it’s smokey yet somehow angelic and, yes, it has a glint of Annie Lenox. The song’s inspirational message works well with her unique timbre and the slight revamp makes this feel a titch more modern than what we first heard in February. Ultimately, though, the song lacks oomph and drive, and the verses feel sluggish and plodding. It’s less of a storm and more of a whimper.
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 7.5.
Wiwi Jury verdict: 5.97/10
What do you think of this song? Share your own score and review below!
Another nice song that will probably end up lower than it should. It’s fine. But also a little on the bland side. I can see it’s merits but somehow it still does little for me. Would not want to listen to this on repeat. But decent.
I hated this when it won You Decide, but looking at it in retrospect I can see why it won. The revamp strips some soul out of the song, however I don’t think that was necessarily a bad move. Surie has an incredible voice and great stage presence, but I don’t think it will land the song anywhere past bottom 10.
I really like SuRie’s voice, reminiscent of the diva Annie Lennox, and her stage presence is absolutely amazing. I am sucker for anthems in Eurovision and big choruses, so this also gets extra positive points from me. The new version did some subtle but positive changes in the rhythm giving it slightly more modern feel. But here is exactly the problem of the song, in my view. It is not that it is outdated or old-fashioned. This song doesn’t really have an age. It just doesn’t resonate to today’s audience, like Katrina and the Waves did back in 1997, becoming… Read more »
If this finishes in the bottom 5, all of the British Eurovision fans need to complain and start a rebellion to the BBC to change the format of You Decide. Introduce international juries, introduce an online poll (so people across Europe can vote). The BBC really need to get their act together because it’s painful to be a British Eurovision fan (despite we’re capable of sending a better song). And the fact that it’s the 3rd year in a row that the fan favourite hasn’t won the national selection and that the BBC haven’t released the full results is suspicious… Read more »
Or, just switch broadcasters. If we can’t justify public money to the EU any more, then I can’t see how we can justify public money to the ESC.
I think i just heard the sound of a can of worms opening.
Terrible, I rate this 2/10, yes her biggest asset is the fact that she has had some background in the Eurovision bubble, but that’s all to it. Her performing isn’t flawless as some people claim, the visuals she already showed are super old, the revamp made the song better but disco? Did it had to be disco, and I can’t stop thinking this is like San Marino 2016, but that was meant to be a joke, this poises as something serious but it’s nothing more than a bunch of sayings put together, lyrics are cheap an cliche, her looks are… Read more »
If I were to change the UK selection, here’s what I’d do: – Introduce international juries, like most of the selections (or at least a lot of the ones I paid attention to. I know the Czech Republic, Sweden, Finland, Norway, Germany, Estonia, and Malta all had international juries of some sort, and I’m sure there were more than those). I’d focus on the countries that have historically done well (Sweden, Azerbaijan, Greece, Russia, and Ukraine, for instance) and countries with good ties to the U.K. (Ireland, Malta, Australia, the rest of the Big 5). Maybe even allow neighboring countries… Read more »
There’s a lot of really nice ideas there, Joe! You obviously really care about the UK selection and have thought about it a lot. The main problem the BBC may have in delivering on your ideas is budget. It all sounds very expensive (Camilla Cabello doesn’t come for free). As a licence fee-based public broadcaster, it will be hard to justify such an extravagant budget and outlay for an event that is not currently a major draw on the calendar. It’s a shame though, because your ideas are fabulous. If ITV ever get the broadcasting rights I’m sure they’d do… Read more »
The big problem is viewing figures rather than budget. The last time the BBC went all out on a Eurovision related show was for the 60th Anniversary celebration. It barely scraped 1 million viewers in prime time. No commissioner is going to take that kind of risk. The budget is there but it has to produce results. The fact that most people in the U.K. you talk to beyond the fan echo-chamber still don’t know that there are semi finals after well over a decade, shows that apart from the grand final, there just isn’t the enthusiasm in the wider… Read more »
Her voice is neither rich nor strong enough to deliver this song.
Mo (last year’s Voice UK winner) would have performed it better.
I can see it work live but I don’t like it. Good voice though.
Very ordinary song sung by an extremely ordinary artist. You kind of forget it while you are hearing it. Will probably be top 20 with juries but die with the televote. PS for all those Lucie lovers, please can we get real and remember that her dreary dirge of a song also scored pitifully low with the actual audience and finished well down the scoreboard. Nothing to do with Brexit or politics, It was a dreadful song and a ghastly performance . As for this years entry, certainly bottom 5 possibly last
Very ordinary song sung by an extremely ordinary artist. You kind of forget it while you are hearing it. Will probably be top 20 with juries but die with the televote. Ps for a;l those Lucie lovers, can we get real and remember that her dreary dirge of a song also scored pitifully low with the actual audience. Nothing to do with Brexit or Olivia’s. It was a dreary song ghastly performed . As for this years entry, certainly bottom 5 possibly last
Not a fan of UK’s song.
5/10 – 29th / 43
I think it’s another way-too-syrupy hold-your-hand-and-sing-Kumbaya UK entry. They have plenty of people who can write hopeful and universal songs that are also tough and cool. Witness Rag ‘n Bone Man. But they always go sappy, even for Eurovision. This is going to finish fairly low.
This is what bothers me the most. We’re not talking about a small country with a tiny music industry. We’re talking about a powerhouse. BBC isn’t a fragile public broadcaster without much money to spend, it’s a brand known worldwide. They find great new talent every single year with their “Sound of…” series. But when they pick an act for Eurovision, this big angry lion acts like a lazy kitten.
Isn’t their “Sound of” program how we got Molly?
I googled it here and actually, she came from the “BBC Music Introducing” program. This one is a radio project while the “Sound of…” is made by the BBC News website. But that’s another good example of how BBC has great tools to find new artists and don’t use them properly to find Eurovision acts.
And you wonder why Eurovision fans sometimes complain about other countries using Swedish songwriters. What have the UK got to offer when it comes to Eurovision?
I like the idea of foreign songwriters working side by side with local talent, so they can exchange experiences. If a country just “buy a song”, this could help to get a good result, but it won’t change a thing to the local industry. It’s like naturalizing athletes to get an olympic medal without developing the sport on your country. But cases like UK’s and Ireland’s show that many times the problem is not on the lack of good artists, but on the fact that those who are responsable for the selection have a bad taste, don’t know what they’re… Read more »
You can’t force artists to compete against their will. You can’t force song writers to share their top work if they don’t want to.
Unfortunately Eurovision is still viewed as a kiss of death in the U.K. which no “Sound of” artist would go near before their career has even begun. When the BBC Eurovision team gets an artist to participate, the wider broadcaster shows no support before or after the contest so there’s no real advantage to participating.
I don’t think the song is bad. It is OK. It just sounds like an filler song for some singers album. You know that song on the B side of an album that was made only as a filler upper for the album… It will likely be forgotten about when the voting starts. It will place 20th at best. Any placement over that is a bonus.
Forgettable free-giveaway tune for mentally unstable school girls to cry to
There’s always a number of entries this effects, last year Levina was one, but in terms of Televoting, this won’t necessarily be lots of people at home’s least favourites, but it will be hardly anyone’s favourite
There’s something I believe says a lot about how I feel about the song and the performer. When its audio was released, I couldn’t remember a single thing about the song right after listening to it. In a VERY weak UK’s selection (sorry, but I can’t see 5% of what some of you saw on “Legends”), this song wasn’t necessarily the worst for me, but it sure felt like a filler. Then I watched the live performance. SuRie was able to give life to it. She was convincing and commanded an audience that clearly was on board with what she… Read more »
I don’t get the hate for this one because I really like it. She really sold it to me live but I was a fan from the first listen too. It is really catchy too. My score would be 7/10 but given other peoples reaction, I think this could be a contender for last place.
I’m really sorry UK, but you had Asanda and Jaz. Great acts. Vocals can be trained. Why do you think it must be schlager? Is 2018. Is sad that you can’t get out of your comfort zone.
It’s not even GOOD schlager.
The more I try to like this entry, the more I end up just not caring about it. The word that just keeps coming to mind is “derivative” everything about this entry has been done before and better somewhere. The lyrics are incredibly clichéd (exhibit A: “Hey brother do you remember […] Hey sister do you believe in” exhibit B “I still believe in chasing rainbows” and so on), the melody sounds like a Clean Bandit song from a couple years ago, the beat is trying so hard to make this a floor stomper yet doesn’t work, the only thing… Read more »
UK is my 43rd and NO other song in the UK national selection would have been in my overall bottom three. I still don’t believe that Storm won any sort of vote involving the public until the BBC actually publishes the results.
I like the spirit of the song. The lyrics are very simple, but surprisingly they work for me (except for “chasing rainbows” :P). But it’s not a unique composition. Unfortunately, I like it even less after the revamp. It doesn’t fit the oldschool feeling.
I love the UK’s soo much! 10/10 for me. Really represents the UK and our ability to stand strong together
The song is good, but nothing special. Although I think this has been too underrated by fans, plus the Wiwibloggs comment section is completely toxic (which is NOT what heartfelt British Eurovision fans what to read). If we don’t do well this year, I’ll encourage all British and other Eurovision fans to rebel and riot towards the BBC to change its outlook on Eurovision (look what France and Belgium did). It’s infuriating for a British Eurovision fan every year to see their country finish in the bottom half, something needs to change and we can only do that by some… Read more »
Europe does hate us just look at the disparity in the televote and jury vote every year.
BUT this song doesn’t stand out either. I fundamentally believe we had the best song last year and should have won but this year we are Top 20 but nowhere near Top 10 even.
Give it up with the “Europe hates us” excuse. The UK isn’t the only underrated country at Eurovision (when it sends good songs). Look at Iceland, Macedonia, Cyprus, Spain and many other countries that are incredibly underrated with very decent songs!
It’s not just the UK….other countries suffer with this too!
Malta have also struggled under televoting in recent years. Do Europe and Australia hate them as well?
It’ s simple, the juries give points to 12 countries, the ndividuals in the public only give their votes, and multiple times too, to their absolute favourite. You can give 20 votes to just one song, so it’s much more polarized, only the entries that stuck out are given votes. An ok song does not receive votes.
United Kingdom – SuRie: “Storm” Keys: B-flat major Time Sigs: 4/4 Song structure: Verse 1 – Pre-Chorus – Chorus – Verse 2 – Pre-Chorus – Chorus – Bridge – Reprise – Coda Harmony: Sequences of six or seven chords Influences: Pop Music comments: It’s nice and pleasant to listen to. The hooks in the Chorus try to build an anthem, but are a bit of an anti-climax. The Bridge sounds more like a protest anthem, and is a missed opportunity for a Key Change. The song does have a counter-melody, but it gets saved right until the Reprise and is… Read more »
We actually roughly agree on this one. It’s a middle of the road song. Verses outshine chorus by a mile. SuRie is a fantastic singer, and she elevates it a bit, hence my rating is a bit higher than yours, but our opinions on the song itself are very similar.
To me the questions about making the mother proud and explaining the father why she is not further ahead – are the weak points in the lyrics – lacking assertiveness – the “ohoh” is fine with me.
Haha, that’s great. Different opinions, but still the song is not perfect. 🙂
I actually think we might win this year! SuRie knows how to connect with the audience and the song is catchy and perfect for eurovision! If the UK doesn’t win it’s definitely because europe hates us all about politics and brexit really
Perfect for Eurovision 1997. Is better to copy ”last year winner” than copy an 1997 success, just because that success was from your country. It doesn’t work this way.
You just have an average song. Stop using “Europe hates us” for an excuse.
ninasublatti, we love UK. <3 But perhaps not the song. Sorry, I think SuRie is better then song. But good luck from sweden.
Hahahah sorry but that’s unrealistic af. I don’t think you will finish last, but talking about a win..
Had you replied yesterday it would’ve been the funniest April Fool’s joke. But I’m all seriousness, she is not winning and despite having a flawless vocal, check how Levina ended up last year.
uk will be last.
Europe doesn’t hate UK in the least, it’ only that songs are usually perceived based on a reputation built in previous years, and your reputation is not good, sorry, although I liked very much Lucie last year. Also not going through semifinals keeps the chances low. But good luck, Surie, see you in the finals!
you always have the worst comments here. keep up to your name.
Looking up for details, some positive sides: interesting vocal timbre, cute lyrics.
But then another details that make all mediocrity: lyrically it’s halfly poured by cheese; pace that doesn’t compliment SuRie vocals and together with couple of pale chords it makes a languid locked track that turns song as pretty repetitive.
This year couple songs were better.
8-5 hot fave on Betfair to come last…..
That is looking very likely…..
4/10 Again another song I dislike. But tbf this song is quite catchy; I remember the chorus and the “builds”. I think lyrically it is weak; you can’t even get away with cheesy. This won’t be troubling the left hand side of the board.
In my humble opinion
-UK cares about Eurovision very much
-You Decide had two masterpieces -Legends and You
-Still UK wanted Storm maybe because they think is more Eurovision friendly and this is unforgivable. They have Katrina and The Waves as their compass. This is so wrong I can’t even….
There have been quite some undeserved winners in Eurovision history. Katrina and the Waves is one of them. I’m glad there’s a free language rule now. Ireland and UK were very overrated in the past and still struggle to get realistic about what it actually takes to win: a really good song
You are right, and they had good songs in their national final (Legends and You), but they can’t see it, because they are blinded by former successes. This is so sad. They think that what worked before will work again. NO. This is 2018, and you had Legends and You to vote for. Damn.
I was a huge fan of Legends. Then I saw the live performance and hated it. It was really bad. I guess I voted for the best that was presented on the night. Unfortunately I can’t vote for anything other than the songs presented so voted not on a past recollection but on what I thought stood out that evening.
I think the UK voters just made their mind up based on what the panelists deemed the most polished and ready for ESC regardless of quality of the song. SuRie was the only one who had no issues in her performance plus her backstory about doing back up for Belgian gave her a boost of impression.
Penalises deffiantly preffered Assanda thou.
I dunno they didn’t really reveal the televote and jury split votes though?
From Belgium?? With her haircut and outfit I was sure she was the backing singer from Bucks Fizz. The 80s want her back
SuRie was one of the backing singers for Loic Nottet and Blanche. Maybe that’s where the confusion comes from.
Sad thing UK doesn’t know is the Calm after the Storm is always better
Ah, bravo. This made me laugh. 😀
SuRie looks to me like that nice and cool teacher with her song 🙂 It’s nice, but I don’t know how wider audience will react, maybe juries will appreciate this, idk.. Good luck tho!
UNITED KINGDOM – SuRie is an amazing performer live! We can all agree that she elevated the song. But, the song itself is certainly more of a mixed bag. The verses are quite lovely and really well written. They bring nostalgia and feel really personal. Then the chorus comes with a repetitive sing-along story about storms / life’s troubles. While the chorus isn’t that bad, per se, it doesn’t have much connection to the verses and it feels like a huge let-down. Verses are all written in a form of a question. Deep, personal questions. There is nothing is the… Read more »
Oh Boy, were do I even start…. They f***** it up completely. There was no winning potential in their national final, but at least they had some Songs that could have made it out of the bottom.The best choices would have been either ”Legends” or ”You”. The other Songs were quite okay aswell and then UK(or at least the tiny part that still cares for Eurovision) decided to make the worst choice possible. This is the same Situation as last year with Germany… There is absolutely nothing terrible about the song, but it’s completely boring and irrelevant. Zero competitive. Last… Read more »
Yeah, I can see some similarities between Germany 2017 and UK 2018 – Both are mid-tempo wannabe inspirational pop songs which don’t deliver up to their potential. Both are a huge-let down, yet performed by capable and likable singers. Perfect Life ended-up semi last. Storms might too. Or last, since no other Big 5 song is as bad as Do It For Your Lover.
43rd? Are songs such as Moldova, Iceland and San Marino really better? C’mon that’s harsh. I’ll accept 35th as a minimum placing!
It’s kinda fighting for the last place with San Marino… I’m sorry, but this is the blandest of them all.I just had to give UK the last place… About Moldova: I kinda like it, it’s trashy but I can appreciate it at least.
This is the exact placing I gave it. I currently have it below San Marino but I flip between the two. Both are really poor entries that sound as if they not written by professional song writers or at the very least, somebody who has not every watched the Eurovision Song Contest.
Music and MV-wise, SuRie’s song is an ear and eye candy. Competition-wise, I don’t think she will garner lots of votes from the whole Europe. I hope the juries and die-hard fans will be good to her.
I think UK need to find a way to get the UK- music industri more intrested of your national selection. BBC need to understand that.
I really like her and her voice. But sorry, I don’t like the song.
This entry just doesn’t seem to work for me. I get the idea, but it’s just way too simple to make a major impact in the contest. The chorus is memorable, but in kind of an annoying way. It sounds like a song from an educational children’s TV show (just replace the lyrics with “Our friendship lasts forever, forever, remember/We can hold our hands together” and so on…). SuRie is a decent performer and technically flawless, but her military-like rigour emphasises the song’s underwhelming simplicity even more (especially in the live version). Simple compositions can work miracles on the Eurovision… Read more »
I love this one. She delivers her emotion very well and I’m totally into nostalgic lyrics!
You’re always so negative about everything.
He often indeed is, but there is a lot of truth in what he is saying. BBC are putting very little effort to pick the best song, promote it the best way and establish themselves on ESC. Also, withholding the results is underwhelming at best and dodgy at worst.
Agree. She is better than the song. But do you think the brittich music industry have any intrest to give theier best songs to your national selection show. I don’t think BBC have a lot of good songs to offer. I mait be wrong but I think thats the problem.
I have tried to submit songs myself in the past, but it seems that the BBC has recently been going in a more specialist “songwriting camp” direction.
Probably the best person to ask about the situation now is Helen Riddell, the new HoD. Wiwibloggs – please ask her for an interview. Particularly ask about how new songwriters can get involved in the process. Thanks.
I know that Eugene will have a view on this, so I will invite him to continue.
Ok, I think the process in sweden seems to be a way to get rather good songs. I think a jurygroup chose the songs in a process but not only that. Recordcompanies want to make many and they need melfest as a platform for the artists. So it’s in their intrest that their artists participate.
I know many don’t like if someone talk abot the melfest. But maby UK could take the best part. The long way to get better and beter songwriters. It’s god bussniss if your song take part in melfest. Winning is’t the goal for the most. You are a winner if you are in the final. You will partisipate in a lot of diffrent tv shows the next year. Allsång på Skansen, somarkrysset, Så ska det låta, etc. The artist in the melfest final have a good chans to go on tour, somtimes whith other artists in the Diggelo tour. But… Read more »
I hope UK somehow will have sucess in ESC. I think that would be good for ESC. UK is the best in music and it’s inportent for the contest that UK take ESC serious! Good luck anyway from Sweden! : )
What if UK would use songwriters from other counyties some year and get a god result. Then maby english songwriters will cange their mind in a copple of years.
I think UK are to proud to do that.
Former ESC winner Emmelie De Forest from Denmark co-wrote the UK’s 2016 entry for Lucie Jones with two other songwriters. So it is already currently being done in a sort-of songwriting camp method. Has it encouraged more established English songwriters to change their minds about Eurovision? With the exception of Ed Sheeran and a few other people this year, I would say mostly “no”. Sorry to be so negative.
Correction: UK songwriters, not English. Oops.
Correction: 2017 entry for Lucie Jones. Not 2016.
I hate typos!
Hmm, then take better songwriters from sweden. Not just anybody ; )
If the UK wants to be in the lower end of the scoreboard at least theycould send some bad campy fun act. Surie is just bland.
I think that the BBC needs to start choosing their entry more carefully. Ending in like place 23 every year must be boring. Nothing indicates that Surie will end that run this year
Watch my video, about other songs from Eurovision 2018 artists, I have to say we have a lot of great ones this year!: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DTpI73aKmhI About SuRie: yeah this is another Perfect Life, it’s very catchy and not bad, but the lyrics are one of the worst this year… But this will finish last for sure, I can’t see any people voting for it, maybe some points from Irish or Maltese jury, but that’s all in such a strong year. I love her tho! I will give it a 6,5/10. 1. Belarus 8,5/10 2. Armenia 8/10 3. Slovenia 7,5/10 4. Denmark… Read more »
For me neither Surie is a good singer but her song is too weak. I don’t understand why the BBC continues to choose and the UK public vote these kind o bland nonsense songs to ESC. Doesn’t the UK want to do ok. There were at least one song that could have done ok in the NF. Anyway I predict somewhere between place 15-26. More likely lower, like 20-26. One thing that could help her is if she perform a spotless performance and gets plenty of jury votes.. Anyway, UK get a grip and start send songs with a real… Read more »
I’m 12 yrs old, I have not watched a Eurovision in my lifetime where the UK has come top 10 ( Started watching in 2011)
I want the UK to do well but the BBC don’t listen, the only care about Strictly and other stuff.
I feel like this song is unfairly underrated. The studio version was nothing special, but she managed to make the whole song a brilliant tune in the NF performance and after the revamp it sounds even better. I think, and hope, many will change their minds during the final.
My vote would be 8.5/ 10.
Can’t add my review but it’s 5.5/10 from me.
Lower than Moldova & Armenia? Lmao no. It’s a catchy tune and it won’t end last. That’s something y’all can’t see. She still has potential, I believe in her.
Of course is lower than Moldova and Armenia. Joe and Jack were catchy too.
I don’ understand it either. Ok, her studio version is not great, but it comes alive on stage, especially when sung by such an amazing singer like SuRie. In the NF, you could feel the winner vibes when she sang. I liked Asanda’s song and studio version a lot better, but on the night itself, SuRie was definitely the right decision.
Just realised that it’s been 20 years since Imaani… After that, I’ve forgotten all UK entries except the really embarrassing ones. I wish the Brits all succes, but I really hope they come up with something that matches the talent that is in the British musical industry next year
That is one of my favourite entries ever!
I would give this a 6.5 simply because of the powerful lyrics.
A SuRie and Jaz diet of You could’ve been amazing! I think SuRie was the best artist but the song was not the strongest from You Decide. Her other storm song would’ve put her in my top 10. She’s got such a beautiful wispy, British accent so I think her voice works better on something more stripped back and acoustic (again like her other storm song). SuRie herself raises this up many points but for now it’s 6/10.