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 the Netherlands by way of Nashville and listen to Waylon‘s song “Outlaw in ‘Em”. Did it make us feel criminal? Read on to find out!
Waylon – “Outlaw in ‘Em”
“Outlaw in ‘Em” reviews
Bogdan: The strength of “Outlaw In ‘Em” stands in Waylon’s live performance, which is thoroughly engaging and flawless throughout. Whether you like country rock or not, you can’t deny that the entertaining singer has the stuff that megastars are made of and that special quality that makes you want to be a part of what he’s doing. Waylon sells his song and I’m not just buying it — I’m eating it up! Yee-haw!
Chris: Even if it may be slightly out of place to see an Americana-tinged country rock song in Eurovision, “Outlaw In ‘Em” feels true to Waylon. He’s dialled into this market and it’s clearly worked for him before. Whether this slightly more aggressive sound will do as well as “Calm After the Storm” is hard to tell though. Perhaps worryingly, it’s not the most memorable track — despite repeated listens, only the title line really stands out.
Kristin: Waylon is back! What a performer, what a voice, what a song and such a glorious attitude. “Outlaw In’Em” is power through and through. It grabs you, controls you, refuses to let go. Its anthem-like, and Waylon is nothing short of a superstar when it comes to performing with his heart and soul on stage. And the way he’s serving us “Outlaw In’Em” is just out of this world. He knows his stuff and he’s about to bring it to Lisbon. Y’all better be ready — Waylon is about to ride into town.
Renske: What an anthem! Initially, I was extremely surprised (and happy) that Waylon chose “Outlaw In ‘Em” and not for any of the blunt ballads he also had on offer and many Dutch people wanted. He really proved to me then that he knows what he’s doing. The only thing I dislike is that the song is very American, but, after all, that’s Waylon style and we have to respect that.
Robyn: It takes some serious attitude to deliver a song like this — and Waylon has it. This is his take on country-rock, with hints of ’80s rockers Guns ‘n’ Roses mixing in with the Nashville style. It’s so much fun and it has the potential to bring something different to Altice Arena. Whatever the result, Waylon will be doing things his way.
Steinunn: The Netherlands has become the self-proclaimed Tennessee of Europe. The reason is unclear to me, but frankly I don’t care because I like it. This is actually a good country-rock song and it almost makes me feel like I’m at a country hoedown. Plus Waylon is not making it difficult to want to watch it and listen to it again.
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 10.
Wiwi Jury verdict: 7.28/10
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