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”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 2.5 and a high of 10.
Wiwi Jury verdict: 6.47/10
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