The Wiwi Jury — our in-house panel of music unprofessionals — continues to rank and review the 43 songs competing in Eurovision 2018. Next we turn to Lithuania and Eurovizijos Atranka veteran Ieva Zasimauskaite and her song “When We’re Old”. Did it make us want to celebrate the ageing process? Read on to find out!
Ieva Zasimauskaite – “When We’re Old”
“When We’re Old” reviews
Bernardo: A slow burn that feels like a warm embrace. Ieva’s smooth and inviting vocals make “When We’re Old” a very interesting and layered ballad. It’s a very fragile song in the sense I struggle to understand if Eurovision is the right place for it. For my taste, it does wonders. It’s a step in the right direction for Lithuania.
Bogdan: Ieva’s song is very middle of the road, and my score reflects that. However, I do love her fragile vocals, and the lyrics pack an emotional punch that is sure to make many viewers pay attention. Nonetheless, in the bigger context of this year’s song competition, the melody itself lacks that special factor to make it memorable enough to stand out. Hopefully the staging will elevate it enough to bring Lithuania back to the Grand Final.
Jordi: There’s a quiet quality appreciable in Ieva’s soulful offering, driving the listener on a peaceful journey of sweet emotions. Her vocals seem to come from heaven, blossoming in sweet echoes in its chorus with proper gusto. Pure, delicate and candid; “When We’re Old” flows in a tranquil tempo turning into a sweet escape from the Europop world. It creates a mood, a tender environment somehow magical and positive spirited. On the other hand, I’m afraid this song may get lost in the competition. Simple yet powerful staging is needed!
Jovana: It is impossible not to fall in love with Ieva’s voice and therefore in whatever she sings. She gives “When We’re Old” a sweetness and charm necessary to make a song like this – which had a great chance to become another boring ballad – into something irresistible and touching. And in spite of being one of those fans that prefer to hear the nations’ languages at Eurovision, I think that English goes really well with this style of song. Translating it was the right thing to do.
Luis: Ieva has accomplished what many have failed to get: making a simple song work. Her delicate voice, her gusto and sophistication take “When We’re Old” to a whole new level. The song moves from middle-of-the-road to a fragile piece of art. Lithuania’s entry is risky though: in a year with so many strong entries, and especially in semi-final one, Ieva’s song might fall short to qualify. Despite that, “When We’re Old” is a fabulous addition to this year’s lineup, and both the jury and audience should reward it.
William: Light, haunting and able to carry emotion, her ethereal voice fits the song beautifully. Which is why it’s such a shame that the song goes absolutely nowhere. It’s like a beautiful stretch of wallpaper — lovely and pleasant, but ultimately it’s not what you’ll be talking about when you leave the room. The song seems to build from pianissimo to piano. And at Eurovision, it usually takes a forte to get anywhere. But major props for that voice and the warm feelings.
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 3.5 and a high of 8.
Wiwi Jury verdict: 5.83/10
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