Latvia, Laura Rizzotto, 1

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 Latvia where the Latvian-Brazilian singer Laura Rizzotto has “Funny Girl”. Were we laughing along with her? Read on to find out!

Laura Rizzotto – “Funny Girl”

“Funny Girl”

Jordi: Subtle yet classy, Laura Rizzotto’s “Funny Girl” serves a proper bittersweet love story. She’s not just the “funny girl” in her lover’s life but a star who is ready to serve a memorable and sultry performance. Her delivery is exquisite and with that tone, featuring some doses of attractiveness and fierceness, sets up the listener to listen to her story. Her performance at Supernova was stellar. With its same vibrant and clever camera shots, Latvia should be a contender for the grand final.
Score

Score: 7/10

Angus: “Funny Girl” is no laughing matter: it’s a dark intense slice of Bond-lite balladry, pushed forwards by beats, brass and Laura’s strong vocal. It may not be one of the best songs in the contest, but Latvia has one of the best overall packages. As they learned last year, having a performer who can nail their vocal and deliver the performance can matter more than having a song that sounds good on the dancefloor.

Score: 5/10

Anthony: A bluesy jazz-infused self-penned number from this Latvian-Brazilian beauty, it’s a far cry from her country of birth. And there’s nothing funny about it — Laura’s classy live performance oozes elegance at Supernova. However, Eurovision is a completely different ball game. As a result, Latvia’s possible concern is that casual viewers might find this as appealing as soggy risotto.

Score: 7.5/10

Deban: Laura Rizzotto is seductive, looks confident and sounds accomplished. However, the intimate feeling this song creates may also be its downfall. “Funny Girl” may soar in a jazz lounge, but it loses grip on a big stage. Furthermore, in a sea of other songs, there is a big risk of this entry drowning.

Score: 6/10

Jovana: I gave a 7 to “Funny Girl” during Supernova, I am giving it an 8 now. I guess it will be at least a 9 in Lisbon — that is, if Latvia provides with the right stage production and if Laura kills it with her vocals. This is a song that deserves a good result and that would be a worldwide hit if it were performed by an internationally famous artist. So Latvia, do not let it down.

Score: 8.5/10

Padraig: Funnily enough, this passed me by entirely during Supernova. And it’s a similar story now that it’s at Eurovision. Like Croatia, this is simply lounge music and arguably even more generic. Some say it would be right at home on one of the Fifty Shades of Grey soundtracks – maybe, if the film series is planning on abandoning seduction and scandal for passable dullness. Much of Latvia’s diaspora have made their home in Ireland. And this entry would fit right in with that country’s crop of non-descript Eurovision entries. Aminata feels like a distant memory.

Score: 2.5/10

In the Wiwi Jury we have 20 jurors but only have room for six reviews. The remaining scores are below:

Antranig: 7.5/10

Bernardo: 6/10

Bogdan: 5/10

Chris: 6.5/10

Cinan: 6.5/10

Jonathan: 6/10

Kristin: 6.5/10

Luis: 6.5/10

Renske: 7.5/10

Robyn: 6.5/10

Ron: 10/10

Sebastian: 5/10

Steinunn: 8/10

William: 5/10

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 2.5 and a high of 10.

Wiwi Jury verdict: 6.47/10

What do you think of this song? Share your own score and review below!

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I like this and it’s in my top 15. I don’t think it will do particularly well, though. Undeserved as that may be: It’s introvert, probably a little too complicated and not instant. But classy.

For me, this is similar to Belgium’s offering this year although I prefer this. I think because there’s more personality in this one.

Marcelo
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Marcelo

When “Funny Girl” won in Latvia, I was ecstatic. Sorry for this, but the Esamiba fandom screwed the song from me, even though I personally liked it. I still believe Esamiba could have crashed in the Semi, now with Israel in the competition. Now, let’s get to the song. It’s one of the three Bond entries this year, behind Belgium but above Croatia. It’s a middle of the pack of the song, not the best, but definitely not the last. The song has that sultry “50 Shades of Grey” vibe which is kinda enjoyable, it goes with the flow even… Read more »

someone
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someone

I honestly thought that literally every song in Supernova was better than this. I didn’t even pay attention until it won. To me it’s just so bland and dull. It has nice moments but overall it lacks a spark. This is a 4/10 for me. I much prefer Croatia, which is almost the same but dramatic.

Briekimchi
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Briekimchi

Every song? Including Rahu the Fool?!

Zebb
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Zebb

I have issue with plodding effect that comes a bit too repetitive. Yet lyrically it’s packed to degree I feel some interlude done by bridge could release heaviness of it.
6.5/10
Well-thought simple visuals and well performed, it obviously gives a good route to the song.

Digital Style
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Digital Style

I don’t like this as much as I did when I first heard it, but I still think it’s an enjoyable and pleasant song to listen to. Laura has great stage presence but they do need to work on their staging because I was bored out of my mind watching Laura stand on stage flicking her hair around for three minutes. She’s a very good live singer. That said, I don’t think this will do very well. If it qualifies it will get maybe 15th at best.

sara
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sara

Some of the scores are too high, this is dated boring song with mediocre singer.

brunowskii
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brunowskii

Love Laura…she is a great singer.
But this song is completely generic and boring.
Something like her own song “Red Flags” would fit perfect for ESC…

Pablo Nava
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While Laura is competent and brings what this kind of song needs for it to work, I feel the composition is still a little bit dented. The chorus runs through too quickly and the verses aren’t really memorable, which would make this one hard to get by for the excited public at home. Laura really needs to bring a live that’s perfect to the tiniest detail, and even then I feel on a song-basis this would struggle. Sadly, because she smashes it as a performer.

4/10

Briekimchi
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Briekimchi

Beating a competent, albeit, without a standout song, field at Supernova is much easier to do than compete at Eurovision. Even at Supernova, I forgot about LR until she actually got on the stage and performed. This is not the best song but she can really perform it well. The question is, can she perform this better than 9 others in her semi-final? Again, I am doubtful. This song is definitely subtle but I don’t have many strong feelings about it besides her ability to completely commit to it on stage.

Poet
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Poet

I agree with most of the jury. It’s possibly the most underrated entry this year. I don’t see it winning this year’s competition. However, it certainly adds the quality and smart lyrics to the Eurovision game.

Good job Latvia!

Mario Eur(o)Vision
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Mario Eur(o)Vision

Not a bad song. Pretty OK.
6/10

Sabrina
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Sabrina

I liked this one since the first time I’ve listened to it, when Supernova showed us dozens of song and asked people to like their favorites on their website. Back then I would never expect for this to be chosen. Not just because I already knew it was too subtle to Eurovision standards, but also because “Esamiba” (Madara, you’ll be missed) caught my attention right away. It turns out that Laura won the right to represent Latvia on the stage, giving a well thought and flawless performance. She has taken benefit from being the underdog. Or from the fact that… Read more »

Colin
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Colin

Sabrina, you and I have not only the same rating, but almost the exact same opinion of this song! B-)

Sabrina
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Sabrina

It’s just the second time we agreed on a rating though. The other one was UK’s. It doesn’t help that I use a 0.25 system, I know. 😛

But I get in this particular case we’re on the minority. I wish Latvia had more love online, I’ll suffer for them and for Hungary on the second semifinal.

Tibor
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Tibor

Phew, I’m so glad, I didn’t write sth nasty about the hair throwing … 😉

Sabrina
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Sabrina

Hahaha, but you can do that Tibor. Just don’t deny that she has beautiful hair!

I think it’s part of the character of she’s playing on the stage, but I understand that other people may feel that’s too much. It’s like Lucie Jones last year, she was using her acting skills and that went both ways depending on people’s opinions about bringing that kind of performance to the contest.

Youdontknowme
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Youdontknowme

Here we go again. Lithuania is lower than latvia because….please dont form your opinion based on this site.It’s so backwards.And like Ieva said, vote for a song not a country.Based on this f***ing site Sobral’s song was too slow and boring for eurovision.Well , they were WRONG.Like many times before.Spinless selfserving sites dont intrest me.Sorry ,but every single time ,you were wrong, so dont even attempt to rate art.Music shouldnt be rated.You can express your opinion,without scrutiny or judgement.I lost all respect for you.

L'oiseau
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This is the third one of the Bond-girls trio others being Belgium and Croatia. For me of this group this song is by far the best one and might well be in my top ten. The song is classy from beginning to end and her vocals are both warm and voluptuous, a part from being extremely competent performer. You here that there is genuine talent behind this song and the production is flawless. I really whish it all the best. The only thing it is maybe that is lacks a crescendo and some twist that would make more memorable. As… Read more »

Sabrina
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Sabrina

I agree on everything, including the fact that this song would be even better with some twist.

L'oiseau
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L'oiseau

Thanks, Sabrina. I saw that we gave the exact same rating, but you justified it so much better 🙂
What I failed to mention is that she should get extra-marks for being a real Ipanema Girl… Just kidding, of course… 🙂 But maybe we there is another Brazilian flavour in store for us… ehehe

JUF
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JUF

I love it. Third best entry behind Lithuania and Germany.

Tq
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Tq

Underrated. UNDERRATED. Masterpiece

Darren
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Darren

Even in a review of another country Padraig’ manages to take a moment to rip into Ireland…
Now who’s whinging?

ANYWAY…
Latvia…I had high hopes as I think Supernova is one of the best NF of the season and Latvia had a really good run from 2015-2016 as a result. But damn have the missed the mark here. For anyone who hasn’t heard the song, its basically your typical eurovision entry. Woman in dress, shouts. It’s a no from me. Even Latvia’s entry last year was better than this. 4/10

Padraig Muldoon
Editor

Bless your sensitive soul. 🙂

Darren
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Darren

Just a concerned reader. The symptoms of oikophobia are strong in this one.

Ana
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Ana

Oh my God, totally not my type. Now I like it even less than initially. Bond/50 Shades of Grey climate, a woman in a long dress – I know it already. Plus melodramatic lyrics. Boring as hell. I wouldn’t expect THAT from Latvia…

3/10

esc freak
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esc freak

Very interesting and with a strong beat. Laura is definitely a capable performer and delivers this very well. Also, the title and topic of the song are very smart and well thought. It might be hard for Latvia to qualify, given their unfortunate place in the running order but they absolutely deserve to be in the final.

8/10

Héctor
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Héctor

I find Latvia a bit overrated this year. “Funny Girl” tries to be something else, but it’s very underwhelming for me. There were other better options in Supernova: Sudden Lights, Edgar Kreilis, Madara, Markus Riva,… Latvia is going to relay in a meticulously measured staging, but will probably end up like Georgia last year or worse. Latvia in my 34th place: 11. Italy (7.25) 13. Lithuania (7) 14. Denmark (7) 15. FYR Macedonia (7) 18. Poland (7) 21. Armenia (6.75) 23. Slovenia (6.5) 24. Ireland (6.5) 26. Croatia (6.25) 29. The Netherlands (5.5) 30. Azerbaijan (5.5) 31. United Kingdom (5.5)… Read more »

M_K
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M_K

I don’t need many words to describe why I really like this entry. Whenever it comes up, I just wanna lean back and enjoy the show. There is a concept behind this entry, it’s been worked out very well – so there’s hardly anything for me not to like. My personal ranking: 9/10 (8th overall) My prediction: 11-14 in the second semi final ______________ 4th NL (9.5) | 8th LV (9.0) | 10th IE (8.5) | 12th ME (8.5) | 13th HR (8.5) | 15th MK (8.0) | 16th LT (8.0) | 20th DK (7.5) | 26th NO (7.0) |… Read more »

Miguel
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Miguel

I love my brasileña letona 😀

I have this in my top 5 in its semifinal so qualifying right now.

Rede Gado
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Rede Gado

melhor que a brasileira leitoa rs

Shocked
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Shocked

xocado!

Jo
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Jo

Caipirinhaaaaaaaaa

James//
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James//

SERIOUSLY UNDERRATED 8/10

Alex Leo
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Alex Leo

This song and her performance are underrated. Latvia deserves to qualify to the Grand Final.

Tibor
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Tibor

This leaves me lukewarm. I like the verses with their electronic highlights better than this rather predictable chorus, that even the 3/4-time can’t save for me. Moreover, the song doesn’t seem to be the ideal fit for her voice, I suppose a deeper, smokier, more powerful voice would be the only thing that could save this song for me. As it is, it’s sailing right past me. As I said, I’m not very passionate about any of the songs in semi 2. I see this as a borderline qualifier that, if it passes, will be drowned out in the final.… Read more »

Roelof Meesters
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Roelof Meesters

The night this was chosen, I was way too busy with the four other entries that got selected. This wasn’t my fave in Latvia, but its still a good entry. I can see this being great on stage, as sdhe doesnt really need LEDs. Her voice is great and I can see the juries going for this, even tho it’s quite tame. In SF 2 she will really stand out between the big performances from Hungary and Sweden.
7.5/10

AngieP
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AngieP

Beautiful song, great performance. It’s like a James Bond soundtrack but I like it. It’s dark and mysterious.
6/10

Weißbrot
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Weißbrot

LMAO, are you kidding right now? i have nothing against Yulia as a Person, but her Performance was one of the most terrible we’ve ever seen at Eurovision. You can’t deny that.

Aaron
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Aaron

I have heard MUCH worse and laughable performances.

Iceland 2007
Croatia 2016
Azerbaijan 2016
Romania 2017
United Kingdom 2003

Need I go on?

People are hating on her because she’s disabled, if she was a handsome Sergey 2.0 the performance would have been hailed GROUND BREAKING.

It was fine. Still my 3rd place.

Weißbrot
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Weißbrot

No, you’re talking the biggest bull**** ever. Her Performance was absolutely horrible and that has nothing to do with her diability. You’re either deaf or completely incompetent.

Aaron
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Aaron

Oh dear, woke Eurovision fan.

Sis the performance was fine. She’ll probably come top 10 x

Can’t wait to vote for her in the final!

Weißbrot
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Weißbrot

I just lost all my hope in humanity…

Aaron
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Aaron

then bye

Kris
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Kris

Her singing the chorus was absolutely the saddest moment of the esc season for me. I wanted her to do well enough to deservedly qualify. Now I’m not sure that she will qualify even

The verses were OK though.

Aaron
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Aaron

it was all too loud. she look unwell. she was visibly shaking during the performance. She will improve as this was most likely her first time performing it. She performed it at another event and was flawless.

Jo
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Jo

Croatia 2016??????????????????????????????????????????????????? don’t you dare!!!!

Aaron
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Aaron

yes, Yulia is not wearing ting foil. Instead a Balmain blazer x

Aaron
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Aaron

*tin

Kris
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Kris

She was unwell and didn’t perform as well as she could have! That song was so good though…. I can’t believe Croatian delegation did that to her

pepito
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pepito

@Aaron
So you think the yodeler girl was worse than Julia?

Aaron
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Aaron

That’s exactly what I think. Yulia is talented. Ilinca is not.

up!
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up!

OMG you’re so right. Just watched it, it was unbearable.
Funny thing that the last chorus sounded the best – when only her backing singers sang…
Actually, many of the Moscow live performances were rather weak. Azerbaijan’s Aisel had big difficulties to control her voice f.ex. The only one who brought a surprisingly good live show was Malta’s Christabelle in my opinion…

Aaron
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Aaron

Backing singers were loud and flat themselves. No one sounded good, that’s exactly it you’ve summed it up!

Kris
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Kris

Polina bogusevich sounded as good as always…. So it can’t be all attributed to Mic issues

Aaron
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Aaron

Some of the artists sounded okay, but like most of them sounded really off, so if they aren’t perfect, they sound even worse

Denise pls
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Denise pls

Not surprising that Angus has totally missed the concept of Triana Park. He only knows camp pop. They have never been about flawless vocals…like a lot of rock bands. They deliver live raw energy and bring the sexy hun-neeeeee

LiGhts
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LiGhts

I like this song very much… To be honest, this song didn’t appeal to me when I first heard it, but after some time when I listened to it again, I started loving, especially the lyrics are increcibly great, the lyrics did everything for me..
So it is 10/10 for me…

Safiya
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Safiya

I actually really like it! I love this mysterious, jazzy mood. Some may compare it to Croatian entry, but this one is much better. It actually tells a story and is full of emotion. For me it’s really inspiring, because it makes me wonder what exactly she is singing about – who is this man? Who is the other girl? What’s their relationship? It could be in a movie.

NickC
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NickC

This is one of my personal faves, and I dare to say this will be one of the biggest surprises of year. I will start with the lyrics- they are so relate-able, everybody must have felt like an outside (in love) at some point in time. She captured that feeling soooo well. Moreover, Laura is a great performer, and she gives me the same jazzy vibe Salvador gave last year. I disagree with the lounge music comment- if this lounge music, so is Ed Sheeran or Sam Smith. I think this will sail to the final (from the weaker semi… Read more »

NickC
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NickC

BTW, here is the updated Odds+ You Tube + Streams list. I removed OGAE voting consistent with your feedback. Thanks for all your suggestions and support. 1 Israel 2 France 3 Australia (+1) 4 Belgium (-1) 5 Bulgaria 6 Sweden 7 Austria (+2) 8 Estonia (-1) 9 Czech Rep (-1) 10 Belarus (+1) 11 Norway (-1) 12 Spain (+1) 13 Finland (-1) 14 Ukraine (+3) 15 Cyprus (-1) 16 Germany 17 Azerbaijan (+2) 18 Greece 19 The Netherlands (+2) 20 Italy (-5) 21 Portugal (-1) 22 Denmark 23 Latvia (+1) 24 FYR Macedonia (-1) 25 UK 26 Lithuania 27 Switzerland… Read more »

Denise pls
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Denise pls

Just like risotto this entry is a whole lot of overrated tasteless mush hunnn-neee

anonymous91
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anonymous91

i love Laura Rizzotto, she comes over so down to earth really lovely

her song is a diamond in the rough, really charming, lovely and she’s very appealing to the eye

8.5/10

Go Lozzie Go

Denise pls
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Denise pls

Nicky all she has is looks

Aaron
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Aaron

lmaooooo and a stellar song

Kris
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Kris

Semi-2
Wiwi jury
Qualified
1)NET 7.28 2)SLO 6.58
Not qualified
3)SRB 6.50 4)LAT 6.47 5)POL 6.36
6)MLT 6.31 7)DEN 6.17 8)MDA 6.08
9)NOR 5.44 10)MNE 5.19

Modified Score
Qualified
1)NET 8.88 2)MLT 8.13
Not qualified
3)DEN 8.00 4)SRB 8.00 5)SLO 8.00
6)LAT 7.81 7)MDA 7.75
8)POL 7.63 9)NOR 7.38 10)MNE 6.31

Total:
Qualified
1)NET 16.16 2)SLO 14.58
Not qualified
3)SRB 14.50 4)MLT 14.44 5)LAT 14.28
6)DEN 14.17 7)POL 13.99 8)MDA 13.83
9)NOR 12.82 10)MNE 11.50

voper
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voper

It used to love this song, then being meh about it then I suddenly love it again.

Purple Mask
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Purple Mask

Before I post, I should mention that I am a huge fan of Laura Rizzotto personally – she is absolutely fantastic. She wrote this one herself, and her performances are stunning. Writing this song content review was so very hard – despite my feelings for the artist, I have kept the review as unbiased as I could. Here goes: Latvia – Laura Rizzotto: “Funny Girl” Keys: D minor Time Sigs: 3/4 Song structure: Verse 1 – Extension – Verse 2 – Pre-Chorus – Chorus – Verse 3 – Extension – Pre-Chorus – Chorus – Bridge + Extension – Reprise Harmony:… Read more »

Aaron
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Aaron

if I see another one of these musical analysis posts I AM GOING TO SCREAM.

GCSE MUSIC DOES NOT MAKE YOU AN EXPERT

LiGhts
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LiGhts

@Aaron, what’s your problem? I actually enjoy Puprle Mask’s analysis posts..

Aaron
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Aaron

I don’t bye

Purple Mask
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Purple Mask

Aaron, if you prefer expert musical analysis then why are you even reading the Wiwi Jury reviews in the first place? Your repeating hate on here makes no sense, and I will call it out every single time.

Aaron
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Aaron

go ahead but seriously. you are not qualified to keep disrpescting an artist’s work. She graduated from an Ivy League university with a <10% acceptance rate. And you're on a Eurovision blog, remember your place. Also, you're not a jury member 🙂

Purple Mask
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Purple Mask

It’s a Eurovision blog where everyone is giving opinions, and most of them are scoring, using their own opinions. So why pick on me just because of the presentation? Everyone is doing the same activity in different ways. It makes no sense just to pick on me. As for people’s “place” in music qualifications, don’t get me started. I have tasted enough elitism in music education in my time to be sick on it. Music is for everyone, heard by everyone, played by everyone and most important enjoyed by everyone. In the same vein, musicology should never be reserved for… Read more »

Aaron
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Aaron

Bu you said why am I the Wiwi Jury, so my response was you’re not a part of it. It’s because no one here criticises a song musically, unless you can say you have gone to Columbia university or an institution of that stature you cannot possibly comment. You don’t have any qualifications though, Grade 5 Clarinet here and you will NEVER see me criticise a piece musically.

Musicology is a “scholarly analysis” of which you’re not. So at least use terminology to your advantage.

Purple Mask
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Purple Mask

Does anyone else here agree with that opinion?
I will keep an open mind. If more people on here would prefer I didn’t submit my reviews, feel free to say so and I will not post any more.

Weißbrot
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Weißbrot

No, Purple Mask. Aaron is an idiot. I don’t like to Insult People, but that’s just what he is…. an idiot. Don’t listen to him.

Kris
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Kris

He could be a moron or imbecile or even superior? Have you tested his IQ

Aaron
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Aaron

IQ of 129 when I was last assessed x

Can you relate Kris with a K sjkkjgjdk

Kris
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Kris

That was meant to support you but clearly you didn’t get it!
Looks like my support was misguided

P. S. IQ of 129 lies in the superior range which I gave as an option

Purple Mask
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Purple Mask

Thanks, Weißbrot. The trouble is, part of me understands where Aaron is coming from. The Wiwi jury is supposed to be just a bit of fun, not like an actual professional music jury. Technical reviews are probably better served in another location; it really is debatable. I would still prefer all aspects of music to be openly discussed though.

Weißbrot
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Weißbrot

Yeah, I get that too. The Point is, that I saw Aaron quite often behaving immature and rude. It would be all fine if he’d just say his opinion like a normal Person…

Aaron
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Aaron

I think somebody that uses capital letters mid-sentence is more concerning.

Also IQ is 129 (post graduate level) x

Weißbrot
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Weißbrot

Yeah, I don’t think you’ve ever heard of autocorrection. I’m from Germany and my laptop always automatically changes random words like ”laptop” to ”Laptop” and I can’t do anything about it. If you don’t have any other Arguments, you can let it be tbh.

Weißbrot
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Weißbrot

”biased” lmao, that’s absolutely not true. And it’s not a Review, I’m not a professional or anything… I just say my opinion about a song. And if I like it, it’s positive… If I don’t like it, it’s not positive. That’s what everybody does, how are you gonna rate a song otherwise than following your opinion?

Kris
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Kris

I’d like if your reviews were more accessible to people who like Aaron said aren’t that well versed with music.

Purple Mask
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Purple Mask

Thanks Kris. I had considered that a backlash might happen with this format, so there is always the option of a different approach. But I’d also quite like to see this format go through to the end this season, to keep it consistent and get the maximum amount of feedback.
But if enough people feel the way Aaron does, it’s probably best I just disappear from Wiwibloggs altogether. There’s no point in needless aggravation.

Kris
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Kris

Eh! No!
Even if 100 people hate it and only 1 person loves it, I think that one person’s love should triumph over the hatred of many. Why dissappoint the love of those who like it!!

Those who don’t want to read can absolutely skip one post! Simple.

Roo
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Roo

@Purple Mask Mate, I’m 100% behind you, and *really* want to see you finish this. I don’t know what’s happened, but this year in particular seems to have brought out some vehement trolls out from under their bridges. Why, I wish I knew the answer to, but they really, really need to disappear. When I come to read the Wiwi Jury’s opinions, as soon as I’ve finished I skip through the comments to see whether you’ve posted and read them. I really enjoy reading your views on the music in particular for the insight into how the songs I like… Read more »

Ana
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Ana

I don’t see a reason why you should disappear from Wiwibloggs… As you said, everyone has a right to express their own opinions, and your reviews (and their criteria) depend only on you. Personally, I think you put a lot of effort in your posts, plus they are original in their form, that is why I appreciate them.

Sabrina
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Sabrina

Mask, as far as I know you haven’t disrespected anyone with your reviews. Also, nobody from the blog’s team had complained about it, so I see no reason for you to leave, though I would understand if you decide to do it, since nobody should feel the obligation to keep commenting when they don’t feel their thoughts are respected. Just make sure to let me know where I could find of reviews if you decide it’s time to go. Guys, there’s no need to be so serious about the comments here. This is a fan blog to Eurovision and the… Read more »

Purple Mask
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Purple Mask

Thanks Sabrina. I love what you write as well; please keep on writing. 🙂
I would prefer not to share the remaining reviews at this time, and I think that is for the best.

Sabrina
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Sabrina

It’s your choice and I respect it. Isn’t there any social network you could share your reviews with those who want to read them? I’m starting to think Wiwibloggs could create a forum, that way people could follow the discussions they prefer to read, without creating so many unnecessary friction. I think @Roo was suggesting something on that lane. It would be easier to spot trolls and more people would feel “safe” to give their opinion. I would bet many people read the comments, would like to share an opinion, but whey they see people being attacked or ignored, they… Read more »

Purple Mask
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Purple Mask

Thanks Sabrina, but for me personally it’s not just about trolls on a blog. Musicians I work with in real life have argued with me over similar issues involving critiques. I have made big mistakes. The reviews are related to that, so frankly I would rather burn my reviews right now.
As for social networks, I pretty much left all of them in 2013. Wiwibloggs for a long time was my only real public outlet. I have met some amazing people on here, and I will continue to follow the blog when I can.

James
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James

If it bothers you so much, don’t reply back to Purple Mask’s critiques.

Simple as pie.

stan jimin from bts
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daddy aaron is right, we stan forever

Aaron
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Aaron

omg this is for dm what happened baby boy?

Jo
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Jo

yes, because a long thread of comments is really helpful.

Purple Mask
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Purple Mask

Thank you all for your honesty, and sorry for causing such a long thread of replies. I will no longer be posting reviews on here. I think that’s the right decision based both on feedback here, and from an important conversation I had last year at a music event. I do still believe in free speech about music, but making this year’s reviews appear “professional” was a mistake. I realise that now, and I apologise. To those who were looking forward to the remaining reviews: Thank you. It means a lot. I will continue to read what you write, and… Read more »

L'oiseau
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L'oiseau

Oh Purple Mask… I think you should write whatever you want, as all others do… I don’t think your reviews are long (last year there were longer). There are super-well structured and give always super-good insights. What is more, there is never one shred of cynicism or hate, on the contrary always trying to get something positive out of it. Actually, I was very happy so far with the comments section this year. Up until now, they have been much more elevated than last year, thanks to you and the likes of Sabrina, Colin and others. I find it a… Read more »

Jo
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Jo

You can post them. I always read yours. Screw them!

Andrea
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Andrea

My impressions:
-Electronica and R&B.
-Reminded me of Aminata a bit in her voice.
-Not funny at all.
-May have a chance, but it’s not a strong song. It’ll depend on staging.

Not a fan of the song, to be fair

Purple Mask
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Purple Mask

Ah, that’s interesting you picked up on R&B there. I hadn’t noticed that! 🙂

Kris
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Kris

The song is just like Italy’s song in the sense that the melody is indistinct and the singer is speaking rather than singing in most parts. She performs well live but for sure there were many better options in Latvian NF. I am not a fan and was quite surprised when it started getting hyped in Latvia
A 5/10.
Also Belgium and Croatia did it better with this slow dark theme.

Polegend Godgarina
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Polegend Godgarina

Agrih on everything except Croatia, they have a 0/10 song!

123
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123

like your comment is relevant, Polegend…you are talking trash about Croatia’s entry every year

Kris
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Kris

A 0/10 song is still descriptable!
This song is literally non-descript

I didn’t rate Croatia with a 0/10. There is a song there despite how much someone dislikes it

Billy Bob
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Billy Bob

Good voice and talanted performer but song sounds a bit repetitive … though its still way better than Russia’ song which probably will steal someone’ place in GF

Weißbrot
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Weißbrot

Latvia had two amazing Options: Madara and Sudden Lights. Both acts delivered totally different, outstanding and Special Songs and I’m sure that both would have ended up on the left side of the scoreboard easily… In fact, ”Just fine” was my favourite song of the whole NF Season. Funny Girl is ,like Croatia, a song, that is totally okay.. But that’s it. I know, People are praising Laura for being such a great Performer, but she’s actually not… At least in Terms of vocals. Her voice is just very, very weak and not big enough for a song like that…… Read more »

Colin
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Colin

Both Just Fine and Esamiba would certainly be in my top 10, but I like Funny Girl too. It was my third fav, and even if I am a bit disappointed, we did get a good song at least. It could have been something as boring as Who’s Counting or Lovers Bliss.

Weißbrot
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Weißbrot

So, 5/10 may be surprising, but hey… Just wait for the Ratings of San Marino, Russia, Romania and Iceland… It gets even worse. The lowest scores I gave until now were a 2.5/10 for Azerbaijan and a 2/10 for UK. While it won’t get lower than 2/10, I promise that there’ll be some 3/10s.

vermin
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vermin

You must separate your taste from actual predictions, because it looks like the reality will not favor your taste about most countries you named.

Weißbrot
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Weißbrot

The countries I just named, are the ones I dislike… I don’t want any of These in the final. Did you misunderstand anything?

vermin
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vermin

You must know the reality will be different. Just don’t bet because you will lose money.

Weißbrot
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Weißbrot

Oh, so you think that Romania, Iceland, Russia, UK and San Marino will all rock the final? If you think that, I’m sorry, but you’ll be the one to lose Money then… None of These are going any higher than 23rd place.

vermin
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vermin

Russia, Azerbaijan, Romania will be high enough to make you dizzy.

Weißbrot
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Weißbrot

Even if that happens, I don’t really care. Their Songs are still bad. Won’t be changed by a good result.

vermin
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vermin

These countries never had staging worse than the song, always better. This is a factor.

Purple Mask
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Purple Mask

We all know the reality will be different, because it almost always is. No worries.

Colin
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Colin

Actually, 5/10 is pretty fine, a median review so to say. Hey, our bottom songs are also incredibly similar! You must be my relative or something. 🙂

Jo
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Jo

Now it’s too late to talk about them, we need to evaluate what they are sending to Lisbon.
But yes! Esamiba would easily win that 2nd semifinal, which is beyond underwhelming.
Laura can actually qualify, saved by the juries and good running order. Also, there are lots of Brazilians in Europe, so who knows…
However, once qualified, it’s a candidate for the 26th in the final.

Weißbrot
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Weißbrot

Yeah, I know that the case is closed now… And I think Laura is more likely to qualify, because I expect the Jury to give her many Points. In the final however…. Well, she could fight for the last place with the UK. In my eyes she wouldn’t deserve that place (especially if Russia qualifies), but it could happen.

Kris
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Kris

The order of songs is like one song gets added on top, then one in middle and then one on the bottom.
So we know that all songs already reviewed are middling … such a boring order!who chose this?

M
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M

So full disclosure, Madara would’ve been my overall winner had she won Supernova. However, I honestly feel like a lot of people are dismissing this entry way too quickly. If you look a bit underneath the surface you should realise that there is actually a lot going on here! I am impressed with how much Laura is able to do with this. She infuses a mixture of pop and jazz, and the mixture of the minimalist snare drums and cymbals, along with a some really quiet strings help create ambience and mood, and feels oh so seductive. Also, they bring… Read more »

Jo
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Jo

4.5/10

Colin
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Colin

LATVIA – Funny Girl is my fifth favorite from Latvia’s overall selection and third favorite from the live shows. It’s kind of paradoxical refering to yourself as a ‘funny girl’ while serving such a sultry performance. But that’s kind of the point – Showing to her love interest that she could be so much more if he would care to look. The whole song is very seductive and well constructed, even if it feels like it lacks the final punch to make it a strong contender for the win. But considering Laura’s seemingly effortless, yet stunning performance, this just has… Read more »

Purple Mask
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Purple Mask

Thanks Colin. Agreed: Laura is an outstanding live performer, interpreter and songwriter. This entry is very much all about her, since even the music is hers too. I know what some people mean about the “50 shades” comparison, but I don’t find this particular song as seductive or as dark as that; I find it more theatrical with all the calculated moves and expressions. I really enjoy it as expressive art, which I know is a cliché, but there it is. 🙂

ImpressiveInstants
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ImpressiveInstants

Scores are too high. One of the most underwhelming efforts this year.

Lewis S
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Lewis S

8/10. I love this song; it’s sounds like a hit that came directly out of 50 shades. Her voice carries the emotion of the song very well. I presume the block colouring of red and black will be carried across for staging. I think this will qualify.