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 2017 hosts Ukraine and the pop idol Melovin with his song “Under the Ladder”. Did we want to avoid walking under his ladder? Read on to find out!
Melovin – “Under the Ladder”
“Under the Ladder” reviews
Antranig: Melovin is easily one of the best performers of Eurovision 2018. “Under the Ladder” has a sexy quality to the verses which goes somewhat missing in the chorus. The national final staging was quite grand and Melovin needs to make this explode in Lisbon. While I am a big fan of this song and a huge fan of Melovin, part of me is a bit disappointed because I think he has the voice, look and personality to win Eurovision but he doesn’t have the winning song.
Chris: In the words of RuPaul, Melovin brings a whole heap of charisma, uniqueness, nerve and talent to “Under the Ladder”. His distinctive look might be offputting to some — certainly, it’s hard to imagine some juries appreciating it — but it’s also going to sell him to a wider audience. If he can nail the pronunciation issues that dogged him at Vidbir, then there’s a real chance he could be taking us back to Ukraine sooner rather than later.
Cinan: I just don’t feel this song that much. “Under the Ladder” is an OK song, but I don’t think it will be particularly successful at Eurovision. I loved the staging in the Ukraine national final — that was amazing. If they deliver something similar in Lisbon, it could be a real showstopper. Maybe after few listens I will like the song more.
Deban: Excellent verses, a weak pre-chorus, an abysmal hook, and then back to a lame refrain — “Under The Ladder” is all over the place! While most songs grow stronger as they build to the bridge, the situation here is almost in reverse order. Melovin is charismatic enough to win viewers over, but it is difficult to hide the fact that his song deteriorates as it plods along.
Robyn: Once the substantial noise from the Ukraine national final died down, it became clear that “Under the Ladder” was a great pop tune. Melovin is an experienced performer and he can deliver a bold performance with confidence. Even though the lyrics may not always be clear, Melovin delivers the song with such swagger that it doesn’t really matter. But one note: Ukraine really needs to ditch the burning fake piano before Lisbon.
Sebastian: With his head-turning look, Melovin brings an entire package to the stage which, with better enunciation, would elevate the act. There are times where it feels a bit like a hot mess (think Georgia 2012’s Anri Jokhadze), but the appeal is there. Forget “Under the Ladder”, think more ‘under the radar’ for a potential top end finish.
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 5 and a high of 9.
Wiwi Jury verdict: 7.47/10
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