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
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