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 Croatia and listen to Franka Batelic and her song “Crazy”. Did it make us lose our minds? Read on to find out!
Franka – “Crazy”
Jovana: I am sorry that Croatia decided not to bring Dora back after all, but I still do think that Franka was a good choice. She is one of their best pop singers and definitely has the voice and charisma to win over the viewers from other countries. “Crazy” is one of those entries that sounds contemporary and radio-friendly, but that still has that spark of originality and freshness, here introduced with that slight jazz sound. Nina did well. Jacques did great. I hope Franka can go even further.
Angus: Croatia’s song this year is trapped in a straitjacket. The spoken interlude is brilliantly bizarre, Franka has virtuoso vocals at her disposal, and for the first 20 seconds or so the song is a genuinely intriguing slice of electro-ethnopop. Then the jacket comes on, the track is hemmed in, and you’re left with a lobotomized languid ballad. If you want a truly crazy Croatian composition, check out last year’s track.
Chris: “Crazy” starts off strong, with the ethno-pop tinged track kicking in to beat early. Unfortunately, the song never goes anywhere from there. The closest it gets to changing things up is the spoken word break, which is probably going to come across awkward on the Eurovision stage. Franka deserves better, and she’ll really have to work hard to make this come to life in Lisbon.
Kristin: Ooooh, you better stop cause they will never, ever tear us apart…. Oops, sorry, wrong songs! The eerie similarities between Franka’s “Crazy” and INXS’s “Never Tear Us Apart” and Sam Brown’s “Stop” could either be in her favour or completely ruin her chances of making it to the finals. “Crazy” oozes sexy and Franka will undoubtedly sizzle on stage and give Europe steaming hot three minutes, but will she be remembered during the voting? Only time will tell, but for the meantime, I’ll give her the benefit of doubt.
Padraig: Never has craziness been this tame. Or perhaps Franka is beyond crazy. Maybe she’s been sedated. Her song certainly has. What starts with promises of intrigue and drama quickly turns into a somewhat pedestrian lounge number. The minimalist production strives to create a sense of darkness, but instead we get a feeling of emptiness. Franka is an accomplished singer and highly successful pop star, but she can only do so much with the material she’s given. Crazy? More like sleepy!
Sebastian: Mysterious and engaging, Franka’s “Crazy” is musically ‘crazy’ by nature — an odd package that melds contemporary, jazz, and pop. There’s times where it goes off the edge (please ditch the spoken word interlude), and there are times where it doesn’t go far enough and gets repetitive. But ultimately, for what it is, “Crazy” keeps me on my toes.
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 9.5
Wiwi Jury verdict: 6.19/10
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