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 Romania where the soft-rock band The Humans have “Goodbye”. Did the song make us want to bid them farewell? Read on to find out!
The Humans with “Goodbye”
Bogdan: The retro sound of “Goodbye” is not my cup of tea, but I was impressed with The Humans’ national final live performance and especially with Cristina Caramarcu’s voice and charisma, which ended up stealing the show. The band came up from nowhere to snatch the crown from more seasoned artists and fan favourites with a striking, honest song about overcoming suicidal thoughts — a daring choice for Eurovision. I wouldn’t be surprised if they exceed a lot of expectations in Lisbon as well.
Deban: “Zaleilah” was bad but at least, it had spirit. “Goodbye” on the other hand, begs me to act out its song title. This is not a song that I welcome in any way. The verses are painful, the lyrics are dire and the chorus is shouty. One shouldn’t overcome suicidal thoughts by embracing shutting down one’s senses for three minutes. More worryingly, this entry indicates a re-emerging trend — Romania’s brazen assurance that they’d advance to the grand final regardless of what they send.
Steinunn: I was actually rooting for this song at Selectia Nationala. Now I can’t really remember why. It’s not that it’s a bad song, more that it is kind of forgettable. At least I can never remember it until I listen to it again. But when I listen to it, the retro rock ballad vibe gets me going for three minutes, and then I forget it again. But Cristina is a good singer, no doubt about that.
Padraig: Goodbye indeed. If Romania weren’t in the weaker second semi-final alongside regional allies Moldova, they would most certainly be saying goodbye to their 100% qualification record. Just like I say goodbye to three minutes of my life every time I listen to this. The song drags by painfully slowly with the rock elements kicking in far too late. This dated composition must surely be Romania’s weakest entry for years, if not ever. Cristina is an excellent frontwoman, but her amazing vocal and flowing blonde locks can only take this package so far. Bye Feli(cia).
Renske: “Goodbye” is such a surprising and interesting composition. The Humans’ lead singer Cristina has an amazing voice and delivers the song with raw emotion, which really suits the story they want to tell. The magic moment of the song is the moment when the electric guitars kick in and the song transforms from a heartfelt ballad to a more powerful pop/rock composition, which makes the song actually sound empowering.
Cinan: At first I absolutely did not like “Goodbye”, but after a few listens I think it’s got something. Unfortunately it’s not enough to make this special. I loved the national final live performance and I expect the live performance in Lisbon will also be a good one. We could even see The Humans through to the grand final.
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 1 and a high of 7.5.
Wiwi Jury verdict: 4.94/10
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